Our present theme is "Farm." Since I am the wife of a farmer, I have pretty strong opinions about how this unit should be taught! First of all, most modern day farmers do NOT wear straw hats and wear overalls! My husband goes to work each morning in jeans and a button shirt and the only hat he wears is a ball cap when the sun is really strong! He also is a college graduate so he is a very smart man as well! Anyway............. I then start to discuss the concept of where our food comes from. When I asked this question last week "Who knows where our food comes from?", my kiddos said "The grocery store!" This, of course, IS true, but then I asked "Where did the grocery store get their food?" My kiddos really did not know and when I said "the farm", one of my little guys said "Not all our food, though." I asked him, "Hmmm, where else do you think it comes from?" He said, "The food in the boxes doesn't come from the farm." Okay........ we have some work to do here, I am thinking!! :)
So............ last week we discussed the fact that not all farms have animals that live on them - some farms just grow crops. Here in central Illinois, we grow corn and soybeans and a few farms grow wheat. So we talked about the plants, how they grow, and what products are produced from the plants after they are processed. We have been using some big vocabulary words in this unit! We also discussed the differences between a tractor and a combine and their uses. This week we are discussing some of the animals that live on a farm and the products that they produce. I do not, however, discuss the use of animals for meat. Rather we discuss how we get milk products from dairy cattle, eggs from chickens, and wool from sheep.
I'll post more pictures tomorrow!