Soap Whittling and Lungs

We have finished a few fun activities as part of the Prairie Primer. Here is an update of some of the things we have been working on.

We talked about log cabins and how difficult they would be to make. Afterwards AJ played with some wooden blocks and made her own log cabin. I was a little disappointed with the quality of the wooden blocks, they were no where near as nice as the Lincoln logs that I had as a kid, but she had a good time.

She also learned all about the lungs. We read a couple of books and I downloaded a few free worksheets from education.com. Then she made a model of a lung. I found the idea here. With just 2 balloons, a plastic bottle, straw, and playdough, you can quickly make a fake lung. It was simple enough for her to do and really helped her to understand how when you breathe in the diaphragm goes down and when you breathe out the diaphragm goes up.

 
Another project we did this week was soap whittling. In Little House in the Big Woods, Pa whittles a Christmas present for Ma, so we decided to give it a try. Since I am accident prone and the recommended age for whittling is 12, we decided to use ivory soap. Surprisingly it was a little harder than we thought it would be. After drawing our design on the soap we started cutting away the soap with a butter knife. I had decided to make a star and AJ decided to make a heart but mid way through the arms of my star were accidentally cut off so my design then changed to a heart as well. It was a fun project. We were happy with how they turned out.
 
 
Since we had a lot of soap shavings left, we tried an experiment that I have seen all over Pintrest. We put the soap shavings in the microwave for 30 seconds and this was the result.
 
AJ thought that it looked like snow so she made a little snow man.
 
 
She also worked on the lap book to go along with the Prairie Primer, spelling, Math Mammoth (review coming at the end of the month), logic and worked more on the owl lap book. There was even a little time left over to get in some exercise.
 
 
We are slowly making our way through and she is learning so much.

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