We are reading The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh, right now. It is a Newberry Award winner. The kids are enjoying it and it’s giving them another way to assimilate the information they are learning about the pioneers in the New World.
The other book that we are currently reading that comes with the MFW curriculum is American Pioneers and Patriots by Caroline D Emerson. I would recommend this to anyone doing US History with primary age children. This book has historical fiction stories of children during the pioneer years. I have really liked how the book alternates between boys and girls in the stories and what their roles would have been as well as what would have been important to them. I have found that both Cade and Ella are engaged because of this. Our activities have also been in conjunction with many of the stories. For instance, this week we made butter by shaking cream in a jar (for a long while:)).
We have been talking about Jesus being the “Bread of life”. John 6:35 is our memory verse. In science we did an experiment with yeast, water and sugar.
We dumped 1 T of yeast into 1 cup of warm water and added 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Then we poured it into our glass jar and put a balloon on top.
The kids folded a piece of paper into fourths and drew what they saw in the first box.
Then we put the bottle into a dark cupboard for a little while. Later here is what we found.
I love when science experiments work like they are supposed to!!
By the way, the butter we made was SO good. Try it sometime if you haven’t!
Blessings to you,