“Don’t Have A Cow Man”

I will say I am very much enjoying my research on the animals we are studying. I thought I would list resources that have made my study a little easier. I am using the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock for most of our study (for myself). This book will take us through botany, earth science, and astronomy not to mention our study of animals.

For this weeks lesson on C we are studying cattle. Cattle is something we are very familiar with as each week we pick our milk and eggs up at a farm. They have Jersey cattle. My hope is not to offend vegetarians but we believe and support beef farmers who treat their cattle humanely.  We have become friends with both our dairy and beef farmers and know how they treat their animals. Our beef farmer was a dairy farmer and raises Holstein cattle. We enjoy our visits to the farms and the Little’s have been able to get up close and personal to both these breeds.

While learning about the origin of cattle I came across some interesting facts like how up until 1850’s everyone had a cow and the first cow to come to North America was in 1611 at Jamestown. This website helped quite a bit in this weeks research especially the bottom links.

Today we took a trip to the library in search of more C books. I thought it would be a good idea to keep a basket filled with books on different topics that start with C for the Little’s to look through during their free time. Some of the books included in this weeks basket are Wildlife in China, books about the Chow Chow, and Calico Cats, as well as Coral. Miss Sky loves this idea and also found Welcome to Felicity’s Word that she has had her nose stuck in all morning. This of course lead to a tea party for lunch(Miss Sky made the snacks and tea herself).They even made their own hats (what was I thinking when I thought I needed to buy one :))

Books in Little Sis’s C basket this week include :

(See How They Grow )Calf by Mary Ling

The Carrot Seed Crockett Johnson

Corduroy Don Freeman

The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Judi Barrett

Curious George H.A. Rey

Little Cloud Eric Carle

Choo Choo Virginia Lee Burton (another favorite author)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin

After breakfast out the Little’s went to play in the snow, the temperature finally reached above 20. Then back inside for Miss Sky to work on her math.

This weeks circle includes the same winter songs as the last 2 weeks with 2 new songs that start with the letter C.

Fairy Ring (gathering song)

Good Morning Dear Earth

Old Jack Frost (fingerplay)

Way Up High In The Winter Sky (fingerplay)

ABC Rock (Greg and Steve)

Clap Clap Clap Your Hands

Come Follow Me (We play this like follow the leader. We march around the house doing the same actions the leader is doing)

Next it was into the schoolroom for our main lesson.

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Miss Sky worked on her spelling words while I worked with Little Sis. This weeks list includes:

calcium

protein

udder

livestock

manure

heifer

wean

pasture

lowing

graze

agriculture

ruminant

hoof

gelatin

herbivore

curd

whey

leather

Little Sis started a new book about C and practiced writing it on her chalkboard.

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Next I told Miss Sky about my new knowledge of cattle. I told her how a cow is female and a bull is male. I also explained the difference in an ox and steer. We learned cattle were not native to North America but are related to the bison family because of the way they eat and digest food. We also talked about how useful cattle were. This conversation lead us to milk, hormones and the treatment dairy cows. This is something that has effected our family and Miss Sky is aware of what is happening to the dairy industry.

Today the Little’s read independently (well Little Sis looked anyhow) from the library basket in place of our read aloud time.

Wishing everyone a happy Monday !

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2 Responses to ““Don’t Have A Cow Man””

  1. Twisted Cinderella Says:

    I LOVE their hats!

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