Russell Ramblings: Goat Week
I chuckled a bit when I read the topic for the letter "G" week in our My Father's World kindergarten curriculum - goats! For those of you who know us, you know we have goats. We raise Nubian goats for milk. (Nubians are a large, dairy breed of goats known for their adoringly floppy ears and creamy milk.) One of the lessons suggested that we try goat milk. The irony of that is that our goats are dry right now, and we don't have any goat milk! But my children don't need to sample goat milk this week to broaden their taste buds; they get lots of it in the spring and summer months when it's abundant here at Russell Homestead.
So, what did we do for goat week?
We watched a short video explaining the four most common breeds of dairy goats. I explained how to tell these breeds apart.
We made stick puppets for the song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." I wasn't sure my oldest son would find this fun as it gets a bit repetitive to sing the song and wave the puppets, but they all thoroughly enjoyed it! So much so that we decided to paint a barn mural on cardboard complete with a window that opens so we can do a puppet show for Daddy. Below is the painting in process.
They decided to add an orchard by the barn because we read the book Little Apple Goat this week. Little Apple Goat is about a goat who enjoys eating apples, pears, and cherries from the orchard on her farm until the orchard is damaged by a storm. We enjoyed that story, but our favorite from this unit was There's a Billy Goat in the Garden. We loved the ending and the triumph of the little bee that the other animals poked fun at.
We also worked on rhyming words, matching mother and baby animals, and learning the correct names for farm animals (a mother pig is sow, father pig is a boar, etc.).
JJ (age 3) enjoyed my first ever lapbook that I made. Since I kept reading about "lapbooks" on blogs and websites, I decided to find out exactly what they are. Basically, it is a book made about a topic. They are typically made from a file folder. Below is the one I made for JJ's "lessons" this week. He treasures his 10 minute time with Mom! (I learned how to make them from Confessions of a Homeschooler, and I got most of the printables from 1+1+1.)
And, of course, some of our "goat week" was spent with baby EJ. (In case you missed my blogs on baby EJ, read them here and here.) He's been doing fabulous for us and fitting in quite well.
Thanks for stopping by!
This post is linked to the weekly wrap-up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
10/28/2016 07:19:00 am
How cool...we have a neighbor with goats. Unsure of the type. Looks like fun at the homestead this week! Enjoy the weekend.
10/28/2016 02:52:20 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Melissa! I couldn't distinguish one goat breed from another before we purchased our first goat in 2013. In fact, I had no idea there were so many breeds! Our first goat was part Nubian, and we just fell in love with that breed and now we have all Nubians.
10/28/2016 09:45:34 am
That puppet barn is so cute!
10/28/2016 02:52:43 pm
Thanks; fun, but messy!! Isn't that often how it works? :) :)
Thanks, Teresa! Yes, goats are fun! They are a LOT of work, but there is something addicting about them! I often tell people that I enjoy both puppies and goat kids, but there is just something special about kidding time with goats. Especially those Nubians with their ears and dazzling colors!
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