Busy couple of weeks! Our little cat Luna came home with a broken leg a couple of weeks ago and that has been taking up a lot of our time. We’re also nursing a sick hen… when it rains, it pours! But here’s a little taste of what we’ve been up to in our Native American block:
Still reading lots of stories and making illustrations:
The turtle activity didn’t come out as I’d hoped. The crumpled paper is supposed to give the illusion of water. To me it just looks like, well… crumpled paper!
We also read about Sitting Bull:
And explored the world of Navajo blankets in conjunction with their weaving projects. Peep #1 sketched out a design he’d like to try. A bit advanced at the moment, but he’ll get there! 😉
We’ve been reading/listening to Native American poetry:
And for copywork writing about different culture areas:
Learned more about sage and its healing properties:
The Peeps also made wrapped feathers for smudging. Plenty of chicken feathers in the hen house to choose from! The ends were wrapped in leather cord:
We discovered the meaning of many of our local landmarks (streets, rivers, towns, etc) and learned a few words in the Pequot language.
Pumpkins and other squash were vital to Native American culture in our area (along with beans and corn), so Peep #2 used pastels to draw a whimsical pumpkin patch in her art class this week:
On Thursday we went on a field trip to our local Native American Museum. This is one of the best museums we’ve been to! They have an entire Pequot village exhibit you can walk through and see every aspect of daily life while you listen to the audio guide (hand held) describe and explain each scene. Unfortunately no photos were allowed inside the museum. But we took a couple outside and from the observation tower.
On Friday we rose early to see the morning star, then read an Iroquois tale called “So Son Do Wah and the Morning Star”. We discussed Venus as the morning and evening star,
We’ve also been listening to Native American music (drumming chants and flute primarily) whenever we’re in the car or doing quiet work and especially when they’re weaving.
Finally fished up our fall banner, too. I really love the way this came out! We’re going to do one for Yule as well.
This coming week is a short one for school, so I will probably combine it with next week’s report. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!