According to my special days calendar, June 25 is Log Cabin Day, a day to appreciate the historic importance of log cabins. And it’s a day to remember what life was like a couple of hundred years ago when things weren’t so easy. Log cabins will be the topic of our homeschool/summer school lesson of the day.
We will go here for some general information and history about log cabins. http://www.ducksters.com/. You may get a message saying “Page not found” but will have a link to “Ducksters Kids”. From there, click “History” in the “Study” column, then click “Westward Expansion” under the “US History” column. From there scroll toward the bottom and click “log cabin” in the “Frontier Life” column. (I hope that’s not confusing. This site will not me share the direct link, but this page is worth the trouble.)
Since this topic fits in with our upcoming American History unit studies, the kids will need to take a few notes about log cabins for their history notebooks. This site has a free printable cabin border writing paper download. http://www.teacherprintables.net/free-printable-bp-other.html
E, B, and I will watch an episode of Frontier House, a PBS documentry from a few years ago. It featured modern families who agreed to try homesteading like the pioneers would have in the 1800’s. (Some of the dialog may not be appropriate for younger children, so I’m hoping to distract Z and J with their Lincoln Log set.)