Little House Plans Week 8

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day.

Watch an episode on DVD each day.

General Little House Plans

We will be watering the plants, helping them to grow big and strong!

We will be doing a major tidy up around the area.

We will be setting up an area outside for the laundry to be done, with a washing line and the like.

You will notice that many of the projects following are projects we have set ourselves to do in prior weeks, but for some reason or other were not completed.  This week we will be completing all those little jobs, as well as looking at how laundry was done in Laura’s time.

Mr Ingalls

T11 will be making a lantern for the Little House.  This will be a fully workable one and will be useful particularly in the winter, when it gets quite dark in there.

Gary decided that we would buy in a broom, because the children really need one that works well, as it gets muddy really quickly inside the house.

As we are concentrating on the laundry this week, T11 will be making a hook system outside to store the laundry supplies, as well as hanging a washing line to dry the clothes.

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

Both girls will be finishing the patchwork cushion for the rocking chair.

They will also be working hard at the rag rug so we might actually finish in time!

Our big activity this week, however, will be using old fashioned equipment to wash some clothes.  And the girls can’t wait!

I will be helping the girls to turn our homemade grated soap into some pretty pink heart shaped hand soap.  If we remember, L10 has been making her own scent from flower petals, which we may use to scent the soap and we will use natural dyes to give it it’s pink tinge.

Laura and Carrie

A4 will be continuing with her reading using the McGuffey’s primer.

B2 will be reading with me the Little House ABC and 123 books.

They will be making some button necklaces to finish off their dressing up Prairie outfits.

The little girls will also be having a turn at doing the laundry!

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

Monday: T11 will post about his lantern

Tuesday:  A4 with some help from mummy will post about her button necklace

Wednesday: L10 will post about making, scenting and colouring the hand soap

Thursday: C10 will be posting about making a rag rug

Friday: House progress

Saturday: Plans for week nine, our penultimate week!

Making a Sink Unit

Daddy and I turned a wooden box into a sink unit for the little house.  First we turned it on it’s side, and using B2’s old cot rails we made a shelf in the middle of the box.  We used the handle as a tea towel holder and put a screw to hang the dish cloths.  Using the sink unit as a storage unit as well, we placed our pottery, water collecting bucket and laundry soap balls inside.  On the top we placed a tin bowl as a sink and our dish soap balls.  We attached the sink unit to the house by screwing it to the floor.  Here is our final sink unit:

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Making a Tea Towel

To make a tea towel, I cut up an old white linen dress of mine and L10.  It was plain white, without a pattern.  I hemmed the edges, just like I did when we made the curtains.  This time, though, all four edges were hemmed.  I then decorated it using the thread I had used for the dish cloths.  It was a simple decoration, using only a straight stitch, but took ages because the material was hard to push the needle and thick orange thread through.  It was worth the effort:

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Crispy Fried Cod Balls

These reminded me somewhat of the fish cakes mummy sometimes serves us.  All I did was boiled a pack of cod in water until cooked, flaked it with a fork and left it to cool.  Meanwhile a cooked some potatoes, about 8, and mashed with butter and milk, and again left to cool.  I beat 2 eggs and mixed the eggs, some chopped parsley, the fish and potatoes together.  Using flour to prevent the stickiness, I made patties and gently fried them.  They were really, really good:

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Plans for week 7

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day.

Watch an episode on DVD each day.

General Little House Plans

We will be watering the plants, helping them to grow big and strong!

I will be making the second pair of curtains to go downstairs.

We will be planning how to make a sink unit, so that our little ladies can do some washing up in their Little House.

Mr Ingalls

T11 will be making a lantern for the Little House.  This will be a fully workable one and will be useful particularly in the winter, when it gets quite dark in there.

He will also be making a broom from branches and sticks, attaching them together using the knots he learnt earlier in the project.

In addition, for a quick and easy project he will be making a butter press out of odds and ends we have lying about the house.  Obviously, this will be a toy and won’t be workable, but I think it will look kind of cool in the house.

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

C10 will embroider her tea towels which she made last week

L10 will be making the cod balls she didn’t get round to last week.

Both girls will be finishing the patchwork cushion for the rocking chair, and will be putting the final touches to their dress up, which they are excited to be finally wearing!

Laura and Carrie

A4 will be continuing with her reading using the McGuffey’s primer.

B2 will be reading with me the Little House ABC and 123 books.

They will be making some button necklaces to finish off their dressing up Prairie outfits.

The little girls and I will be hosting a tea party in our Little House, with everyone in dress up.

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

It is going to depend on who finishes what first, but A4 will be telling you about her button necklace; C10 will be writing about her tea towels; L10 her cod balls and T11 will write about whichever project he completes first.