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The Finest Horse in Town {FI♥AR}

The Finest Horse in Town is an unusual story in that it is actually three smaller stories that are all about guessing who took care of "the finest horse in town" ~ a horse named Prince.

"Long before my mother was born, her aunts owned a store in a small village in Maine. They had a smart gray horse who pulled a shiny black buggy when they went out riding. Prince was the finest horse in town. But no one remembers who took care of that beautiful animal while the aunts were working in their store: perhaps it was a sneaky trader who tried to steal him, perhaps it was a one-legged harmonica player who taught him to dance; perhaps it was two children who once saved Prince's life."

I had fun with the kids by having them guess which one they think likely happened by choosing their favorite one, and we did an activity for each story.

1st Story

I was inspired by the poppies in the book. They grow all over in a small mountain town near us and I enjoyed seeing them on our drives, so we did the Poppy Study from That Artist Woman.

2nd Story

We had a Patriotic Supper inspired by the Five in a Row cookbook and the 4th of July celebration in the story.

We had BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Lemonade, and Red, White & Blue cupcakes for dessert.

3rd Story

We spent the most time during this row doing fall nature studies. We collected some wonderful nature loot to study later and enjoyed the fall colors and the warm weather we were having! We went on several nature walks over the course of a week and it was really wonderful! Now that winter is here, I'm so grateful we spent so much time outside enjoying fall.

On all of our walks and adventures, our goal was to find COLOR!

With all of the nature loot we collected, we made a nature study table and invited some animal friends to play. 

Bo enjoyed sorting all of the berries and seeds by color. Then we practiced counting. 

Exploring Creation with Botany ~ Lesson 6: Leaves

Elli's science narration:
Trees lose their leaves in the fall because they loosen up and the chlorophyll gets ready to hibernate so they have to lose them in the fall so the winter doesn't hurt the tree.

Leaves are important because they get all the sunlight and make food for the tree. It takes in what we breathe out and takes out what we breathe in - carbon dioxide and oxygen.

[What does photosynthesis require?] Sunlight, air, water, and chlorophyll.

[What happens to leaves in the fall?]

The leaves fall because the leaves get looser and looser and when the leaves blow, they just fall right off. [Why do they get looser?] The scab stops the leaves from getting water. The leaves turn color because they don't have chlorophyl. Chlorophyll is what makes the leaves green.

Horse Care

Caring for Horses (Horsing Around) & Complete Horse Care Manual were both great books for learning how to care for horses.

The first book was really easy to read and had some great horse care terminology like "mucking out" "turning out." It also recommended this video on horse care. The second book helped us understand more of the terminology and offered more specifics. We skimmed through this book reading what interested us, but also used it for our next row.

Earlier this school year, we went on a field trip to learn about horse care. (I had intended to row this book back then.) We got to see a horse get re-shoed and took home some souvenir nails.

Can you guess what we rowed next?