Monday, November 2, 2015

Prairie Primer 2015 "Little House on the Prairie"

 The Prairie Primer co-op goes native for "Little House on the Prairie".
Amanda took this cute pic of Rina in a too big straw hat. I could get lost in my baby's eyes.
Josiah demonstrated on Gracia how to properly take care of a sprained ankle using the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate).
 Hailey taught us about the many uses the Plains Indians had for the buffalo.
The girls created tepees out of construction paper and decorated them.

Dinner consisted of pancakes, bacon, 1 week old aged cheese (that we made the week before), Stewed rabbit and dumplings and cornbread with molasses. Everything tasted great.

Washing clothes the old fashioned way.

Josiah is making sure no varmints come near the gals as they do their washing.
Can't imagine doing this with all my clothes. No wonder it took the pioneers all day.

Josiah even got in on the washboard action.

The tepee village the girls made. So cute! Love the little people that Gracia made. There are even so Lego people in among the village as well.
The next week, Hailey did her report on Indian dress. She drew a bunch of her own pictures to show us. — at Mission Road Homestead.
Josiah did his presentation on traditional Native American weapons.
First time making Indian fry bread.
Michael was home and helped all us women folk properly cut out our sunbonnets. Couldn't have done it without him as none of us women know how to sew!
 Learning to sew a sunbonnet by hand. Trust me, it isn't as easy as it looks or sounds!
The next week, Hailey taught us some traditional Native American games. Hailey is teaching everyone how to play Kainsish which is a Native American game. It is a game of chance that helps with counting. You toss the sticks into the air and depending on how they land, will determine if you get any points or not.

We also played a dart and hoop game that the Native Americans used to hone their throwing skills. You get more points for getting it through the smallest hoop. This was harder than it looked, too!
Learning about cougars.
Josiah taught us about trapping. He showed us different traps for different types of animals. He tanned the squirrel skin all by himself.
Delicious dinner of watermelon, blackberry cobbler, sweet potatoes and stewed prairie chicken with dumpling and gravy.
Just learning how to thread the needle, make the knot and then tie off was quite a challenge to the girls. They will have a lot more practice.
Josiah bought his own Native American drum so he could learn a song for his drumming presentation.
Rina with the moccasins my friend, Sarah, gave her. They stay on really well!
Hailey did her presentation on Madam Dorion who was the second woman to make the overland trip from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast. After her husband was killed by Indians on a trapping expedition near Boise, ID, she escaped with her two young sons and survived the winter in the Blue Mountains. She is a little known, but true hero of the West.
We learned some Indian sign language. The kids each picked out a name and then learned to sign it, then everyone guessed what their name was. It was really fun. Josiah came up with the best though. He made the sign for star and then for buck. "Starbucks"! We all died laughing when we finally figured it out.
We had a typical prairie Christmas dinner with turkey and cornbread stuffy, bean porridge and sweet potatoes.
Sitting down to our prairie feast. Love all the smiles!
We got the brims mostly done on our sunbonnet project. The kids are getting better at sewing by hand. They will keep working on their bonnets as we move into reading "On the Banks of Plum Creek". We are determined to finish them even if it takes us all year! 

Hope you've enjoyed our "Little House on the Prairie" journey. It sure has been a fun ride!

We'll see you "On the Banks of Plum Creek" next month.

God Bless, 


Steve Finnell said...


If you are looking for spiritual guidance by watching TV preachers you are more than likely being deceived. Example Charles Stanley.

Charles Stanley Quote: Now, I don’t know about you, but I have learned that a present that can be taken back is not really a gift at all. True gifts have no strings attached. Once we place a condition of any kind on a present, it becomes a trade—not a gift. So to say that our salvation can be taken from us for any reason, whether it be sin or disbelief, is to ignore the plain meaning of what Paul teaches us in the verse above. Questioning the permanency of our salvation is equivalent to not believing Ephesians 2:8-9 or the other passages where what Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is clearly described as a gift.

Charles Stanley says neither sin nor disbelief will cause us to lose our salvation. The Bible teaches something different.

Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; (NKJV)

Contrary to what Charles Stanley says, unbelief can cause Christians to depart from God.

Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment,, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot. counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing , and insulted the Spirit of grace?.....31 It is a fearful thing to fall in the hands of the living God.(NKJV) [Also see:Hebrews 6:4-6]

Christians who fall into unbelief are not once saved always saved.

Charles Stanley says sin cannot cause Christians to lose their salvation. God says something different.

God says Christians who live an unrepentant sinful lifestyle will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are:adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in past times, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

God says Christians who live unrepentant lives will not inherit the kingdom of God. Charles Stanley disagrees.[Also see:1 Corinthians 6:8-11 and Ephesians 5:1-6]

If you are looking to a preacher for spiritual guidance a rule of thumb is to not look to preachers who deny that water baptism is essential for salvation.

Charles Stanley Quote:
Baptism allows us to demonstrate our connection with Jesus and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We're all members of one body under the authority of the same Lord. But it's important to remember that Ephesians 2:8-9 says faith in Jesus Christ is the only requirement for salvation, not baptism. But, to fulfill His command, we're to be baptized following our decision to accept Him into our lives.

Charles Stanley says water baptism is not essential for salvation. Jesus said that baptism is essential. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved..(NKJV)

Charles Stanley says that that Ephesians 2:8-9 says that the only requirement for salvation is faith, not baptism. Ephesians 2:8-9 does not say "only" nor does it say baptism is not required.

Charles Stanley says neither sin nor disbelief can cause a Christians to lose their salvation. He says water baptism is not essential for salvation. Do you really want to use a TV preacher who says those things as your spiritual guide???????


magnoliasntea said...

Thank you for sharing all the photos - I really loved seeing all the presentations from the Prairie Primer. Mostly, I'm so glad you're children are learning life skills that may come in handy at any time. It's such a shame so many women grew up without learning to sew. Just a little more practice and everyone will be pros in no time. I wish I was there to offer some classes as sewing is fun and can be profitable, too. It's not drudgery if taught correctly. :)
Have a wonderful week!

Camille said...

SO wonderful my friend! Love it are going to enjoy looking back on these precious days via all those photos. What a blessing you are to your family. :) Your little Rina has gorgeous eyes. And...your big kids are really growing up!! It looks like all the children are enjoying doing the Prairie Primer my friend...yippee! Hugs to you. With Love, Camille

Michelle said...

We won't start PP until the spring, but I really enjoyed seeing all the fun you and your children had with LHOTP! So much wonderful, real life learning! I'm so excited to start, it will be hard to wait! Will look forward to seeing what you do next! Have a great time on the banks of Plum Creek!

aimee said...

You were born to be a teacher and mom Jackie! I am so amazed at the wonderful job you are doing preparing your kids for adulthood (and teaching us visitors a thing or too about our nation's history). Wish I lived closer to you:)
PS: The kids-as always-are so very cute!
PS2: To survive in the Blue Mountains during winter by yourself with two young kids. Madam Dorion must have been one amazing, amazing woman!

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