Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The chicks are almost ready to be introduced to their outside home. We're thinking the weekend after Easter. Here's hoping. I think they'll like it a lot better out there.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Our first Minnesota novel was The Broken Blade by William Durbin. This is the story of the son of a voyageur in Quebec who is forced into the canoe work after his father is hurt. It is a great story that really gives a lot of information about the lives of the voyageurs and their arduous journey through the great lakes on their way to Grand Portage, Minnesota. It held the boys attention and each night they were asking for more and wanted to find out what happened next. William Durbin has a number of historical fiction novels, many set in Minnesota.
Next we read what has been my favorite read so far, Early Candlelight by Maude Hart Lovelace. At 342 pages, this is one of the longest books that we've read in our read aloud journey, but it was just too good of a book to not get all of the way through. The story is set just outside of Fort Snelling, at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. The two main characters are Jasper Page, a trader who works closely with the voyageurs, the natives and the soldiers and Dee, the oldest daughter of a squatter family that lives just outside the fort. The story was so gripping and complex. There were definitely some more adult sections of the story that I had to process with the boys, for instance when one of the sergeants steals the Indian wife-to-be of Dee's brother. The fight that ensued led to some definitely adult language, but very true to character and not gratuitous. As we got further along in our history text, we found out just how much of this novel was really true. The author put many real characters in and weaved history into the fiction so well. This is a novel that I would recommend to anyone. If you're looking for your next great read, pick this up. We can't wait to go to historic Fort Snelling this summer when it opens again.
I love history and so doing this project with the boys has been great. Our next read will go back in time a little, a biography of Little Crow, a native leader who was involved in the Minnesota Dakota War of 1862. I can't wait to get around to some of the historical sites. We are hoping to do some field trips this spring. Cross your fingers.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Our 22 initial chicks have become 19. The remaining ones have grown like weeds. We first divided them into two brooder boxes in our laundry room. Then they seemed to be even too big for that. So after trying a couple of other solutions, we settled in moving them to the basement. Hopefully this will be okay until we can move them out to the coop in a month or so.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
At 6:01 this morning we got a call from the post office letting us know that our chicks were ready to be picked up. Shube, Caleb, Matthew and I hightailed it over there and were back with the tiny box of chicks.
One of them was obviously not doing well when we got them into our brooder. Already the others were pecking and even walking over her. We had to kill that one. One other seems to be just standing around, not really very active. The others seem to being doing pretty well. We'll keep you updated.
Lucy didn't really want to hold one, but still wanted her picture taken. She wasn't going to take her eyes off of that chick.