Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Welcome to our funny farm-preschool and baby lesson

Scripture:Exodus 20:9,10 (Hard work)
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
“I am helping to build a house of God.”
Nursery Rhyme: This little piggie
For baby:Squeeze each toe as you say the nursery rhyme.We also read Baby pig time to play.We are continuing to work on the sign for milk and add cat and dog.You could also have the baby play with feathers.This is a good for sensory and learning about their world.

Craft:Pig masks
Need:paper plate,pink paint,or we just colored them with marker.The idea and rest of instructions are hereSee what they look like below.

A day on the farm on early 1900s
Feel the horses soft velvety nose
1.Get horses ready for the day.The horses were fed their morning ration of grain. While they were eating, they would be brushed and harnessed.The average farmer had 4 to six horses so they would be ready to go to the field right after breakfast.

2.Milking the cows.There was usually four to six to milk twice a day.

3.Feel the pigs soft spongy nose.Feed the pigs.Say sooey!
 Then you have to catch all of them and put them in their pen.
Feel the soft fluffy chicks.Gather eggs if any and feed the hens.

 When the cows were all milked, the fresh milk would be taken to the cream separator.This cream separator was a hand-driven machine. A big crank on one side was turned by hand to separate the cream from the milk.The cream would come out one spout of the machine and skim milk out the other spout. The cream was cooled then put into a larger can to be taken to town to be sold.You could make butter here with heavy whipping cream and a whole lot of shaking.We ran out of time to do this.    

      This c   Now this was all done before they had breakfast. The Mother was up at the same time as the rest of the family.It would be big. It was often had cooked cereal with cream, ham and eggs and hot biscuits or toast(made from scratch)

      After this hearty breakfast, the teams of horses would be ready and hitched to the farm implement of the day for working in the field. At corn growing time, this consisted in going up and down the corn rows turning the soil with this corn cultivator.This is a great time to let the kids and baby play and dig in the dirt.

      The work on corn lasted until almost noontime. Then the farmers would unhitch the teams and take them to water and into the barn for their noon feed.

      While they were in the field, the Mother would be preparing another meal. The preparation took all morning long.Farmers would eat,then return to the field about one o'clock and would work until six o'clock p.m. By that time, it was quitting time for the day's field work. Then it would be the same thing over again of putting the horses in the barn, unharnessing them, and feeding the evening. After they had eaten supper,the horses were turned out to pasture to graze and rest through the night.They would be brought back in the morning.

     The Mom would make supper. In the evening more milking, taking care of the fresh milk, feeding pigs and calves. They stopped at around dark and return to the house for a few minutes of relaxation before bed.They would do the same thing the next morning.

By learning about what they used to do ob the farm I wanted the kids to see how lucky we are and how much free time they have.

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