I met a sweet lady at the store the other day and I want to tell you about her. I don't know her name, but she was such an encouragement to me in the few moments that we talked!
The Prairie Primer really does give you a lot to think about as you go through the Little House books! Sometimes I'm not even exactly sure why it suggests studying something, like when they recommend studying breathing when you are in chapter four. The only connection to breathing that I could find in chapter four was when it said, "Pa's breath hung in the air like smoke" :) But, whatever the reason, I have been wanting to teach the children about their body systems anyway, so we started here, with the respiratory system. (To see what else we learned about while reading through Little House in the Big Woods, you can see my previous post here.)
Yesterday we were watching Free Willy 2 as part of the unit study Princess is doing on dolphins and whales. In the movie some killer whales are trapped in a cove when an oil tanker runs aground and leaks oil into the ocean. The movie led to many questions from the kids! One of the questions that Princess asked was when the oil caught fire and there were flames on top of the ocean. She wondered how the water could be on fire. While trying to explain it, I realized it would probably make more sense to the kids if they could see it for themselves. When the movie was over, we went to the kitchen for a quick science experiment and discussion.