Friday, October 17, 2014
Weekly Wrap-up ~ Frontier House (Prairie Primer - Little House Week 4)
As we were finishing up the last few chapters of Little House on the Prairie this week, I decided that it would be the perfect time to invest our study hours into watching my favorite mini-series Frontier House.
Frontier House was a PBS series that first aired in 2002. It is about three modern day families who took on the challenge of living as pioneers in 1883 in the Montana frontier. It was an epic exercise in survival. They had to build their own homes, manage their own money and food, decide how much livestock they would have, and then spend five months preparing for their first winter. At the end of the five months, experts came to evaluate whether the families would have survived. It is reality television at its best! I have now watched it three times, and it never gets old. If you can get ahold of a copy of it (our library has it), I highly recommend that you watch it. It really is just that good.
The series took up the majority of our study time this week, with the exception of daily CNN Student News, math (expanded notation), grammar (verbs), and personal reading. Eli finished one of the Middle School books by James Patterson and Brynne is still working through One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis.
We also did some extra reading and study about prairies, Native American housing, and the life of a Plains Indian. We read the following books:
To finish our week we watched the movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
And that was it for us. We actually got in all of our hours this week. But they were just spent soaking in the lifestyles of the frontier life, both of the pioneers and the Native Americans.
I am hoping to get us to a prairie preserve in the next couple of weeks before yucky weather hits. If I can muster up the stamina, we will make a trip back to Oklahoma to see the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and get up close and personal with the Osage Indians at the Osage Tribal Museum. I also want to go to Kansas City to see a working fort at Missouri Town 1855. We might wait to do that until December 13th when they have their Christmas Celebration. Yeah, we need to do that.
Next week we are moving onto our four-week study of On the Banks of Plum Creek. This Prairie Primer series has been just about the best thing that has happened to this homeschooling family. It's awesome!