Some of the more interesting facts covered were:
- churning butter was a great punishment for naughty kids
- a yolk was used to fetch water
- most pioneer families had many, many children (they weren't all like the Duggars, but they came close).
- most homes had a sick room near the front of the house where the doctor could visit the ill family member without spreading any germs he was carrying from other patients around the home
- teachers...those poor teachers: no jewelry, no nail polish, no lipstick, no fun. Oh, and they often lived with their students for months at a time! Can you imagine?
- chamber pots were a pioneer's best friend in the middle of the night
- outhouses are...well, let's just say we talked about the lack of indoor plumbing
- your sheep needed to be protected from wolves
- flax was used to make linen
- wool was used to make sweaters, rugs, blankets, etc.
- since there were no thermostats on the fire, a pioneer woman shoved her hand in and could gauge whether or not the temperature was right for baking
- salt was a great way to preserve meat (I can feel my rings getting tight just thinking about this one)
- while the pioneers had things like checkers, marbles and dolls to play with, they also had a lot of toys that were really just "watching toys". They were fun for only a few minutes.
So there you have it! Quite a number of interesting facts to fill that Social Studies journal, wouldn't you say?
Our next lesson is all about how Maple Syrup was made!
Kids can have a hoot watching this video!
Be sure to watch part two as well. It usually comes up next to this link.