Wednesday, April 14, 2010

William Harris Homestead Fieldtrip

William Harris built the house above in 1825 with his own two hands!  I really enjoyed this filedtrip and learned a lot about rural life in the 19th century.  The girls learned more than I realized.
We learned about the daily life of a Confederate soldier.
Down by the creek, where the laundry was done.
One of the buildings on the property.
On a hayride.
Inside the Harris house.  Daily life was busy!  They combed and spun cotton and wool, dyed it and even wove it into fabric!

The family cemetery.  Nine babies are buried here.

Making candles.
The smoke house and the hams inside.

A sheep herding demonstration.

A picninc lunch when we were done!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Shelby's Volcano

I am proud to tears of this project!  Shelby (4) made it without being asked to and without help.  It's a volcano near the ocean.  The orange is the lava, the blue the water.   She's been interested in volcanoes for some months now.  I got a National Geographic DVD on the subject last week thinking it would be too technical and boring, but worth trying.  She loved it!  We also got a few books, but haven't had too much time to read them yet.