Friday, October 25, 2013

Prairie School day 18

Little House on the Prairie Chapters 12 & 13
 Today we opened in prayer and devotion ! Our devotion today was all about the importance of not acting foolishly and not listening to instruction !!! The Ingalls new neighbor learned this lesson the hard way !!! By not heeding to what Pa said about sending a candle down the well to make sure the air safe ! He fell ill because of his foolish actions ! Our Scripture today came from Proverbs 23:12
 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
We talked about the importance to listening to others often they know more than we like to think .... 
Our chapters today was full of adventure and danger !!!! Today Pa built Ma a well so they wouldn't need to go to the river for water any more ! Pa was needing to make a trip to independence and he didn't want to leave Ma with out a well to get water from ! So Pa started the digging process !!! He dug until he wasn't able to dig anymore with out help . So Pa sought out the help of his neighbor . Pa traded work with Mr. Scott ! They both took turns digging Mr. Scott dug in the morning and Pa would dig in the evening ! Each day before anyone crawled down the rope Pa would light a candle and send it down in a bucket . If the candle stayed lit it meant the air was safe . If the light went out that meant there was dangerous gasses that were unsafe for the men to breathe ! One morning Mr. Scott arrived before Pa had finished breakfast ! Mr Scott had told Pa the day before that the whole candle business was a waste of time ! That morning Mr. Scott went on down the rope with out lighting a candle to check the air ! Much to Mr Scott's dismay there was gasses in the hole and Mr Scott passed out !!! if Pa had not acted quickly he would have died !!! The next day Pa almost got sucked in by quick sand !!! It was Mr Scott's fast working that saved Pa !!! God looked out for both men !!! The same day the well was complete ! Ma wouldn't have to use stagnate water any more just fresh cold water from the well !!! This chapter allowed us to study further how wells were dug ! The process of what it took to get to water . Also the dangerous gasses in the earth !!! We studied about quicksand and we discussed what to do if you encountered it . 
The next events helped the Ingalls obtain beef and a cow !!! Some cattle ranchers asked for Pa's help in exchange for a side of beef . Pa agreed it took two days for Pa to help get the cows over the ravine . when he came home the next day he not only had a side of beef but a calf and a cow !!! the cow was skinny and wouldn't bring enough at market and the calf would slow them down ! Ma and the girls were so excited !!! They hadn't had a cow since they left the big woods ! 
We had an amazing day today !!! After School we prepared for the Old Timey Autumn Pie Social we are hosting tomorrow !!! We are super excited !!! Hope everyone has a blessed weekend !!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prairie School day Day 18

Little House On the Prairie Ch 10 &11

We had another amazing day of homeschool ! We opened in prayer and devotion . Our devotion today was about listening to the instructions of our parents ! Even if a circumstance may come up that may make you feel as if you should something you were told not to do ! As Laura thought of doing today !!! Mary told Laura they shouldn't do what Pa told them not to do !!! In the end Mary was right !!! If Laura would have done what she knew not to do , the consequences could have been devastating !!!! The devil works on Christian this very same way ! enticing us to do things we know the Father above has told us not to do !!! We discussed the importance of doing what we were told also follow the things the word of God says is right! our scripture veres came from the book of Romans 13:1-3
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
 Today's chapters were full of adventure again !!! Our story began today with Pa putting a real roof on the little house !!! Also placing a wooden floor down in the little house as well !!! Laura described  the childrens life as being busy even after chores !!! They spent their day playing , watching and discovering the prairie animals !!! Also how Ma stayed on to her over not wearing her sun bonnet !!! Ma told her and Mary they looked like little indian children they were so brown !!! Laura didn't like her sunbonnet because she could only see straight in front of her not all around her !!! Laura asked Pa again when would she see a papaoose! Ma wanted to know why in the worls she would want to see a wild child like that ! The next day pa was gonna build Ma a bed. Ma told him she was out of meat so he would have to go hunting !!! This morning insted of letting Jack go he chained him up to the barn ! Off Pa went . Jack as sad to be left behind ! So Laura and Mary stayed with Jack trying to cheer him up !!! Wasn't long Jack began to growl , Laura thought he may be growling at her and it frightend her ! It did't take long for Laura discovered it wasn't her but two indian men !!! They had gone into the house with Ma and baby Carrie ! Laura told Mary they should unchain Jack ! He would scare the indians away ! Mary reminded Laura that Pa told the under no circumstance not to unchain Jack !!! Laura listened to Mary and the girls darted into the house to find the two men standing in the middle of the cabin and Ma and Carrie by the hearth preparing corn cakes for the men !!! Laura commented of the aweful smell inside the house !!! It didn't take long to figure out what it was from , the two indian men had made a loin cloth out of fresh skunk hides !!! The men ate all the corn cake and took all of Pa's tobbacco and left !!!Ma held the girls close once they were gone !!! Thankful they were safe !When Pa returned they told Pa what had taken place ... Even how they had almost let Jack of his chain !!! Pa told the girls of what  bad  thing that could have taken place if Jack would have bitten the indian men ! It could have ment Jacks life even worse theirs !!!!
We took time out to study the sun today ... The good and bad ! The reasons we need to protect our skin !!! This a subject near and dear to us ! Sissy had to  a skin cancer removed form her hair line a few years ago ! It required a plastic surgeon and requried 26 stiches !!! From that point on we have been very careful not to be over exposed to the sun !!! We finished up our daily work ... Sissy started sewing a sun bonnett for her reborn baby today !!! we will post pics when she has completed hr project !!! We have had an awesome day today !!! We are very blessed ....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Prairie School day 17

Little House on the Prairie Ch 8-9

Today we opened in devotion and prayer ! A privilege I will never take for granted !
Our devotion today was all Genesis Ch 1. When God created the earth and all that was in it ! How He made man kind in His image , we are fearfully and wonderfully made ! He was pleased with his creation !!! Pa was also proud of his creation ! The doors he was able to make with out nails ! God instilled creativity in each of us! Our God is also creative just take a look at his creation around you !!!
Today's chapters were filled with creativity ! First Pa made a door for both the house and barn !!! He allowed Laura to help !!! I was amazed at the detail that went into this task !!! How skill full Pa was on the prairie !!! It also made me very thankful for the warm snug house I live in !!! Its cold here and has even been blowing snow !!! just a little ...
Our next chapter shared Pa's next project !!! A fire place ! So Ma wouldn't have to cook outside anymore ! Sissy and I talked about the simplicity of the materials used .... Rocks from the creek bed , mud , logs, and sticks. These were the only materials used !!! It is crazy how much our world has changed !!!! I loved at the end of the chapter when Laura shared how she was happy to be living inside a house again . Ma placed her china doll on the mantle of the new fire place ! Placed a table cloth on the new table Pa made , and spoke of the quilts were on the bed making it feel more like a home ... 
Our homeschool day has been busy and full of fun activities !!!!
 The first thing we did was discuss the cause and effect of smoke inhalation . Sissy made a poster for our school room.
  Our next activity of the day was making a willow broom like Ma uses ! We have willow tree at friends house we were able to gather branches from her tree ! It was not as hard as we thought it would be to make ... However it isn't as efficient as the broom we use now !!! we tested both out to see which was a better choice !!!
our willow branches we actually could have used more
we used ribbon instead of twine because I was out twine !!!  
finished product  
tying out the finished product

 Our next activities of the day was washing clothes on a wash board ! and Ironing with a sat-iron ! We took time discuss how far technology has brought us today !!! How long it would take to complete your household chore using these methods ! Her favorite chore was washing the clothes ! We have the honor of using my Great Grandma's wash board !!! We live in such a blessed era !
we washed a child's prairie dress , apron , shawl , and pantaloons 

when all were washed we hung the out to dry !!!
we choose to iron a old pillow case just in case we scorched something lol  
We hope you enjoyed our school day as much as we enjoyed sharing all we have learned !!! Hope all has a blessed evening !

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Prairie School Day 16

Little House On The Prairie Ch7
 Today we opened in prayer and devotion !!! Our devotion today was 2 fold ...  We discussed how God designed the structure of the as the Father to be the protector of the family ! Pa rushed home to his family scared the pack 0f 50 wolves had beet him there ! The Bible teaches us that the devil will also come a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing seeking whom he may devour ! Praise God the Father who protects us daily against the whiles of devil !!! Our scripture we used today  came from the book of 
Psalms 82:3
 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Our chapter today was about wolves ! Pa and Mr Edwards finished the barn for Pet and Patty ! Even built a roof ... That night the horses slept protected from the dangers of wolves !!! The next morning much to Laura's delight she woke to find in the barn a new colt !!! With large ears as Laura would say ! The new colts name would be Bunny ! How ever Pet wasn't to sure about the kids being near her colt .  She often nipped and showed her teeth to the children to remind them to keep their distance ...
That same day Pa went out on Patty to survey the land ... leaving behind his gun because the family had plenty of meat for now ... To see what the prairie had to behold ... Along the way He discoverd new neighbors ! The Scotts who had 5 children , 2 bachelors who shared the same house but two property lines ... and a family who caught the ague which today is known to us as Malaria . Pa spent quite a bit of time visiting with each new friend but the longest with the bachelors ... It was on the way home he met the sick family ! He found two young children caring for the parents ... So Pa returned back to the bachelors home for help ! Then he headed home , much later than expected !it was then Pa would encounter the wolf pack ... The wolves would ride side by side Pa and Patty never harming neither ... In the mean time Jack started to act funny ... so did Pet and Bunny ... wasn't long Pa skidded in with Patty ... Pa explained what had happened during supper ! That night Laura awoke to wolves just out side the little cabin !!! Pa was standing guard at the window with his gun ! He asked Laura would she like to see ? Of course she would ! It was then she realized the wolves surrounded the little cabin .... Pa kept the family safe that night standing guard ! He went on to tell Ma they couldn't wait a day more for a proper door ...
We spent this afternoon learning about wolves ... their habits life cycle and their enemies...
We also spent time today learning about mosquito's ... I loved Sissy's favorite part about them ! She said it was their life cycle because they only lived 2 wks ! lol ! She also studied up on Malaria its symptoms , causes and cure ... She wrote a fictional encounter about Malaria !!! We discussed Pa and Mas thoughts that caused the Ague was wrong ... it wasn't the damp air by the creek . It was the infected mosquito bite.We finished up all of our other studies ... then we did some old fashioned visiting of our own today . With a shut in from our church ... I am excited about the rest of the week we have a lot of activities planned this week !!!! 
Just so those of you who follow my blog knows my family takes each Monday off !!! Blessings to each of you !!!!  can't wait to share the rest of our week with you !!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Prairie School Day 15

Little House Ch.5&6
Today we started our day in devotion and prayer our devotion today was about fear in being alone ... Laura didn't like being alone on the prairie with out the wagon being there with Ma , Mary , baby Carrie , and herself . The Psalmist experienced the same feeling !!! 
Psalm 8:3-9 says 
 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
We disscussed that we should never be scared because God is always with us ! Also when we do get scared all we have to do is call upon the Lord !
Today we read chapters 5 & 6 . The Ingalls family have found where they want to build there home !!! So Pa and Ma made a make shift camp to do till the new cabin could be built !!! Pa would spend quite a bit of time cutting logs . It didn't take time for Pa to start the foundation of the new cabin !!! Soon he and ma would stack the logs to build the walls !!! When the family least expected it Ma had an accident and sprain her ankle ... This caused a delay on the building of the cabin !!! However this didn't stop ma from doing her daily work !!! Laura said it best when she said it just had to do it a little slower ! Then God sent them a blessing !!! A neighbor !!! Mr Edwards !!! I always loved him !!! Any ways He and Pa were able to to trade out work with each other ! Mr Edwards was able to help Pa finish the cabin walls and Pa would help him build his when Ingalls is completed !!!Pa told ma that as soon as he helped Edward he would put a barn up for pet and patty ! Then he would put a proper roof on the cabin insted of the canvas used on the wagon !!! He would also dig the family a well , put a proper floor in the cabin before winter , build a fire place , table , chairs and beds by winter !!! Ma asked for a clothes line ..... 
We took the oppertuntity to learn about sprains and the first aid for sprains today !!! We also talked about the blood function !!! How the blood clots !
Pa told Ma today that he could live here on the prairie forever !!! even if it did get over crowded !!! He told Laura that he thought the Indians were on their annual hunt was the reason they hadn't seen on yet ! Ma told pa she wished that sending letter was eaiser to her family ... However the nearest Postal Post is 40 miles away !!! She knew there family had no idea where they ended up at or if they were ok ... It would just have to wait till Pa went town !!! We took this oppertunity to learn about the USPS and the pony express !!! 
 We are very thankful that our mail doesn't take months to recieve !!! and that for the most part we are insured it will arrive !!! I can't wait till next week we have lots of fun things in store !!! We have had a blessed day !!! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend !!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Prairie School Days 14

Little House Chapters 3&4 
Today we opened in prayer and devotion ! Our devotion today was on forgiveness ! Our Scripture came from 1 John 1:9 
  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We talked about the importance of forgiveness not just to each other ...  Also to be sure to ask the Lord to forgive us so we to can be forgiven ! I am so glad that God doesn't remember my faults ...
 Today we continued our journey through our Little House book !!! We read today that Pa and Ma may have found the place to where they will settle 40 miles from Independence the closest city ! Pa made a fire break so Ma could prepare the evening meal for the family ! This was very important so the entire Prairie didn't catch on fire ! Pa was  pleased with the land because water was close by and plenty of game to feed his family ! How ever that night the Ingalls were surprised by a visitor !!! To my surprise the animal did not cause a stir with Pet and Patty the horses !!! I was pleasantly surprised when Jack  returned to his family !!! It was such a happy reunion for both Jack and his family !!!!
The next morning Pa set out to find meat for supper that evening ! Leaving Ma and the girls to there chores ! Ma washed the families bed clothes , under garments , and there everyday clothes in a wash basin and a wash board . Ma laid the clothes out to dry on the prairie grass !!! They tidied camp ! The girls tried very hard to catch a gopher !!! To no avail ... They even brought  brought Ma some flowers and she placed them in a tin cup and displayed them on the wagon ! This was certainly to be there home for some time !Laura asked Ma if  they were in Indian country ? Ma really couldn't answer Laura ! She only told her in so many words that even if they were the Indians wouldn't be there long because the government would see to it !!! Pa did bring fresh meat to camp for dinner !!! The family enjoyed rabbit and prairie hens ... It still humbles me the things we take for granted ... Today we learned bout the Osage Indians . This tribe was located in Kansas long before the settlers ! We took the opportunity to discuss how we felt about how they were pushed from their land ...Sissy wrote a paper sharing her thoughts about how she would have handled the land issue ! I was touched at such a heart felt paper !!! She told me she would have taken in account that the Indians were here first !!! That we should have been more respectful to there way of living !  we should have asked and worked together to live in harmony instead of demanding and taking !!!! 
We also learned the molasses process ... The nutritional value it holds .  compared the differences between the  molasses and sugar.We learned that molasses are much better for us than the refined sugar . We are such a blessed family ! I am so grateful for all the things God provides us with daily !!! God is good ....

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Prairie School day 14

Little House Ch. 1&2 
  Today we started Our Little House On the Prairie Book !!! It was nice to get started back after a week off !!! We Opened in prayer and devotion this morning !!! Our Bible lesson came from Mark 7:1-23 ! Because of how long the scriptures we read were so long I decided not to post them today !You ca find them however at Our devotion however was about complaining ! Laura complained about being tired and bored .... Ma told her to hush ! although she did hush outwardly she did not hush inwardly ! The Bible teaches us we should be content in all we do with out complaining !Isn't like us to complain about things around us ?  We discussed the importance of being content ! I sure am glad I serve a forgiving Heavenly Father !
 We read chapters one and two ! I was amazed at how quick Pa and Ma decided to move west !!! Also at what they left behind !!! It amazed both Sissy and myself the small space to pack the belongings a family of 5 would need for such a trip !!! We discussed how we would feel to only be able to take some things and leaving others behind ! How it would be a bitter sweet feeling ! So we learned about the wagon the Ingalls would have used ! The space they would have had ! Then we marked a 4x10 ft space in our school room ! I gave sissy a list of things she could load in her wagon space and told her to choose things that she thought would be important !!! I was  pleasantly surprised that her whole collection of her A Life Of Faith Chapter Books went into the wagon !!! each book for all 5 girls !!!  She brought along her reborn baby as her child and even packed for her !!! She took time to think all the things through ! clothes ,food, things to cook with , butter churn , wash board ,water pitcher and basin , clothes , blankets , Bible , lantern and gun !!! She covered all her basic supplies and then placed a special memento in her trunk that belonged to her great grandma ! Below you will find some pictures of our journey today !!!
We studied about Mustang horses !!! How they were almost wiped out after the expansion ! We discussed how the rugged ride must have been hard for the animals and family both !!! especially poor Jack !!! I almost cried when I realized Jack wasn't with the  family when they crossed the river !!! The sadness Laura described !!! Then when she said she couldn't cry because it wouldn't be acceptable broke my heart ..... We finished our school day with Math and other activities .... We plan to spend our evening baking homemade bread together !!! I feel so blessed to be a home school Mom !!!
getting started 

getting her books in order !
let the journey begin
caring for baby Lacey and London (our Jack ) on our ride !!!
Hope everyone has enjoyed today's blog ! Have a blessed evening !

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Prairie School day 14

Prairie School week 14 
Today we finished all loose ends to our Little House in the Big Woods Book !!! 
We opened in devotion and Prayer . Our devotion was on respect ! The importance to respect all of those around us even when it hard .... Our Scripture verses came from Matthew 5:43-48
 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
 We finished all of our work for the week !!! Our day today wasn't very exciting lol ... We made sure all I had planned was finished ... We are very excited about the up coming book !!! This will be my last post for this week ... I will be attending the Come Unto Me Conference at the Cove .... Starting tomorrow !! I am super excited ! I also have given myself a week break between each book to prepare my school room for our next book ! My daughter is a visual learner so I try to keep our school room exciting and on cue with what we are doing ... Can't wait to share our new adventures !!! Till then hope everyone has a blessed week !

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Praire School day 13

Prairie School Day 13 
 Today we opened with prayer and devotion !!! We talked today how the devil will use depression against us !!! That even though these things happen in our life The Lord will always see us through !!! He sees the end when we only see the beginning ! Our scripture verse came from the book of Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Today we learned about the California Gold Rush ! We discussed how discovery of gold caused greed , cost the miners more money , than they were making , cost many lives ! We talked about the uses of gold ... then and today ! We are fortunate to have the first gold mine in our state and hope to visit it next week if at all possible ! We also talked about her very first memory that really stuck out to her ! She shared the memory of her and her God sister having a tea party together !!! She drew pictures to go along with it ...
We also worked on our other school activities ... We also talked about the chore of making clothes for a family and what it would take to prepare for a wagon journey that Ingalls are about to take in there next book ! So we spent some time today making peasant shirts for a activity in the future !!! We had a good time working on this project together !!! Here are some pictures of our sewing project !!! Hope you guys have a blessed school day !!!

our shirt !!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Prairie School Day 12

                                                                     Prairie School Day 12
   Today we opened with devotion and prayer ! We talked about Peer Pressure ... How the pressures of this world try to take our eyes of Christ !  It penetrates our hearts and changes the way we see things ! In the world we live in today young girls face so many things ! they aren't thin enough , or they shouldn't play but act as if they are adults , to not be Christian's , the list goes on and on !!! The verse we used today came from Galatians 1:10
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
 We talked about the importance of protein in our diet !!! We discussed how in our last chapter that Pa missing the game to kill ment the family would be without meat for awhile !!! We discussed 4 other sources of protein !!! Eggs, Cheese , Beans , and Nuts !!!
The we read a biography on  LOUIS PASTEUR . He was a famous Chemist and Biologist !
He is famous for the Germ Theory ,  Spontaneous Generation , Pasteurization , and the Rabies Vaccine !!! We gained many wonderful things from this man !!!  Sissy wrote a report on what she learned !!! we did our other daily school things !!!  We took time today to talk about our favorite part of the Little House In the Big Woods Book !!! Sissy's was the chapter about going to town !!!  I am so blessed to be able to home school !!! I can't wait till tomorrow we have a sewing project ! 
Blessings to all hope you have a good evening !!!