Out of all of the Little House books, On the Banks of Plum Creek is may favorite. I don’t know if it is because this book is so much like the tv series, or if it is because we get to see the not so perfect side of Laura. Either way this book is my favorite.
Throughout the book AJ will be learning all about the classification of living things. We have touched on this topic before so we will just do a little review. The major project from the book is for AJ to sew a small 9 patch quilt. We tried to sew a quilt before and she lost interest. I think this time she will finish the project.
Week one started off with AJ tracing a possible route that the Ingalls might have taken from Wisconsin to Minnesota. Then we learned all about water purification. We read the book The Magic School Bus At The Waterworks Just like every other Magic School Bus book, AJ really enjoyed it. After reading the book she created a little booklet about water purification.
Next she learned all about the life cycle of butterflies. Here is an article I wrote for Home and School Mosaics all about exciting ways to study butterflies. Since we have learned about butterflies before, we decided to take a different approach. After reading about butterflies and drawing the butterfly lifecycle she made a butterfly stepping stone. Last year I found the stepping stone kit on clearance for $3 and tucked it away until we were ready to do the project.
We learned a little bit about plums, wheat, and milch cows. We also learned about obedience, sin, and being sneaky in our Bible study.
This weeks chapters foreshadowed the grasshopper plague later in the book, so we learned what foreshadowing was. Unfortunately, that literary element is a little too abstract for AJ to grasp at this time. Once the grasshopper plague happens we will re read chapter 8 and see how things in that chapter foreshadowed the plague.
AJ had a great time learning this week. She even said that so far she likes this book the best.