Today, we dived into our midwest states. I went to the library and pulled a plethora of books relating to covered wagons, out west expansion, farming, buffalo, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, N and S Dakota and Missouri. I am really, REALLY looking forward to all that we have planned for this upcoming week. Some of the things that will be covered is singing Home on the Range, reading about traveling in a covered wagon and what that was like, pretending to be cowboys and cooking a cowboy dinner of beans, bacon and cornbread. Making whole wheat pancakes and discussing where the majority of our wheat and corn are grown as well as soy beans. We will also be making soybean bean bag and playing some games to go along with that.
Ben and I also watched a very interesting National Geographic on the American Serengeti that I will play for the kids. It is all about protecting and bringing back the plains with the buffalo, prairie dogs, bears, ferrets, wolves, etc. in North Dakota. We will be listening to Little House on the Prairie as they make their migration to Kansas. Jayden will be doing a report / diary entry of what life is like on the prairie as a child. I will be adding a few more ideas but I think this will be enough to get us started. I am really looking forward to heading west and all the sights, sounds, smells and adventures that lay ahead. Happy Travels!