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Jerry Webster

Down on the Farm

By January 21, 2013

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Have you ever noticed how much of our shared American culture (sorry international readers) focuses on our agrarian past?  On my father's side, both grandparents were raised on homestead farms in Montana.  For you youngsters, homesteads were land grants (a quarter section, usually, or 120 acres) that were given by the federal government to people who promised to live on the land for seven years and farm it.  I have third cousins farming the Webster farm in Laurel, Montana.  My grandmother grew up outside Livingston, Montana.

I find that all children with disabilities are interested in animals, but especially children with disabilities.  I am now in the process of putting them all together in a "farm" unit.  The first part available are these dot to dots of baby animals.    I have my first art project up, a duck that your students make with a free printable template and their hand prints.   I am also using baby farm animals to build vocabulary.

Just as the first American universities insisted that for someone to be literate they needed to read latin and Greek, in the same way our children need to be familiar with our agrarian past, in order to understand "the three little pigs," "Little Bo Peep," and other ways we understand our world.    Look to see the whole farm unit soon!

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