It was hard work living on their prairie. Everyone in the family had to work hard, even the kids. Settlers worked all day, from sunrise to sunset.
What jobs did the men have?
Many men worked all day in the fields. They ground was very tough, so it took a long time to get it ready to plant. They used a plow pulled by oxen to turn the soil. Then the farmer would spread the seed and cover them with dirt. Every day, they had to take care of the plants and animals on the farm.
What jobs did the women have?
Women worked on the farm, especially during planting and harvesting. They also took care of the house. Some of their jobs were spinning wool to make yarn, sewing clothes, cooking, making soap, doing laundry, and cleaning the house. The women also grew fruits and vegetables in a garden for the family to eat.
What jobs did kids have?
Kids had a lot of important jobs on the farm. They had to get water from the stream or well everyday and make sure the fire did not go out. They also had to milk cows, feed chickens, and take care of the farm animals. Another job kids had was to churn cream to make butter.