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Laura Ingalls Wilder / Little House Books

CURRICULUM: The Prairie Primer: A Literature Based Unit Study Utilizing The “Little House” Series by Margie Gray
This is a very comprehensive book. We did not fully immerse and follow the full curriculum, just picked what we needed from it. Worked great for us as a foundation and idea source.

BIOGRAPHY: Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Yona Zeldis McDonough (MS)

BIOGRAPHY: Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson andDan Andreasen (MS)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder (HS)

LIST OF LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS AND RELATED BOOKS

My Little House Craft Books

These are beautifully illustrated books. If you want to save on books, the crafts are on Pinterest.
My Little House Crafts Book
My Little House Christmas Crafts Book
My Little House Party Crafts Book (1872)

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books by Marta McDowell

My Little House Cookbook – Great source with good commentary.  You can find the recipes online too.
My Little House Guidebook (LTL) – Pretty handy for real life pictures of the settings. You can always google the places too.
My Little House Sewing Book
My Little House Songbook

READ ALOUD: A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840 by Barbara Greenwood

READ ALOUD: A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841 by Barbara Greenwood

READ ALOUD: A Pioneer Christmas: Celebrating in the Backwoods in 1841 by Barbara Greenwood

EXTRA INFO & ACTIVITIES: littlehousebooks.com

http://littlehouseontheprairie.com

http://www.laurasprairiehouse.com/

COLOR PAGE: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Author from the Cheryl Harness website.  PS.  We absolutely love Cheryl
Harness books!

FIELD TRIP:  Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Festival is Third Weekend in September Annually

 


 

Little House in the Big Woods (1872)

READ ALOUD: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

My Book of Little House Paper Dolls: The Big Woods Collection

My Little House Sticker Book: A Day in the Big Woods

FUN:  American Girl Doll Kirsten and all her accessories and books. The doll is great for your child to hold onto while reading.

BOOKS: Checkout books about woodlands and forest animals at your local library. Wolves, Bear, Deer, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Rabbits, Wild Cats, Muskrats, Mink, Otter, Foxes, Owls

BOOKS: Checkout books about pioneer barnyards and farm animals at your local library. Dog, Cat, Pigs, Cows, Horses

READ ALOUD: Maple sugar/syrup books, Animal Tracks/Tracking books

Chapter 1: Little House in the Big Woods

There is no My First Little House Picture Book, yet.

IMMERSION: Show pictures of Pepin, Wisconsin woods and the Little House in the Big Woods replica cabin. Listen to wolf howls. Show a picture of a brindle bulldog. Eat hickory smoked venison jerky.

FOODS: fresh venison, salted & smoked venison, fresh fish, salted fish, fresh pork, salted & smoked pork, brined pork (every part used: spare ribs, pig’s tail, hams, shoulders, side meat, belly, sausage, heart, liver, tongue, headcheese, sausage, lard), pork cracklings (fried pork fat – bacon fat), potatoes, carrots, cabbages, beets, turnips, onions, red peppers, pumpkins, variety of squashes, yellow cheeses, sage leaves, dried herbs: spicy herbs & bitter herbs, johnny-cake with pork cracklings, salt and pepper

CRAFT: Corn Cob Doll

READ ALOUD: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (APL)

 

Chapter 2: Winter Days and Winter Nights

My First Little House Picture Book: Winter Days in the Big Woods illustrated by Renée Graef

“Each day had its own proper work.” – Little House in the Big Woods
Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday.

COOKING: Bake bread and ‘Churn’ butter in a jar.

FOODS: bear, butter, buttermilk, bread (made on Saturdays!), cookies, patty-pan pie (mini pie)

CRAFT: Paper Dolls
My Book of Little House Paper Dolls: The Big Woods Collection
My Book of Little House Christmas Paper Dolls: Christmas on the Prairie
My Book of Little House Paper Dolls: A Day on the Prairie

MUSIC: Yankee Doodle

 

Chapter 3: The Long Rifle

There is no My First Little House Picture Book, yet.

IMMERSION: Watch a video of lead bullets being made. Talk about gun safety. Look at a jack-knife. Talk about knife safety. Listen to owl sounds.

BOOKS: Checkout books about owls at your local library.

FOOD: There is no food mentioned in this chapter.

Chapter 4: Christmas

My First Little House Picture Book: Christmas in the Big Woods illustrated by Renee Graef

IMMERSION: Listen to sleigh bells. Lick peppermint candy.

Foods: salt-rising bread, rye ‘n Injun bread, baked beans, Swedish crackers, baked beans with salt pork and molasses, vinegar pies, dried apple pies, cookies, molasses snow candy, pancake men

CRAFT: Whittling (jack-knife/cutting knife, safety gloves/thumb/finger guards, sandpaper, and basswood)

CRAFT: Make a rag doll.

MUSIC: Money Musk, The Red Heifer, The Devil’s Dream, Arkansaas Traveller, My Darlin’ Nelly Gray

READ ALOUD: Old Yeller
MOVIE: Old Yeller

Chapter 5: Sundays
My First Little House Picture Book: A Little House Birthday illustrated by Doris Ettlinger

There is no food mentioned in this chapter.

Chapter 6: Two Big Bears
There is no My First Little House Picture Book, yet.

There is no food mentioned in this chapter.

Chapter 7: The Sugar Snow
My First Little House Picture Book: Sugar Snow illustrated by Doris Ettlinger

Foods: maple syrup on bread, cake of maple sugar

Chapter 8: Dance at Grandpa’s
My First Little House Picture Book: Dance at Grandpa’s illustrated by Renée Graef

Foods: hasty pudding with syrup, pumpkin pies, dried berry pies, salt-rising bread, pickles, pancakes

Chapter 9: Going to Town
My First Little House Picture Book: Going to Town illustrated by Renee Graef

Foods: Have a lakeside picnic just as the Ingalls family did on Lake Pepin. Pack a picnic basket with foods wrapped in brown paper: bread, butter, cheese, hardboiled eggs, cookies, candy hearts. Take calico pockets to fill with pebbles that you may find at the lake.

Chapter 10: Summertime
My First Little House Picture Book: Summertime in the Big Woods illustrated by Renee Graef

Foods: cookies, honey, eggs, cheesemaking

Chapter 11: Harvest
There is no My First Little House Picture Book, yet.

There is no food mentioned in this chapter.

Chapter 12: The Wonderful Machine
There is no My First Little House Picture Book, yet.

Foods: walnuts, hickory nuts, hazelnuts, boiled potatoes, carrots, turnips, stewed pumpkin with bread, baked Hubbard Squash, hulled corn and milk, cabbage and meat, beans, johnnycake, salt-rising bread, pumpkin pies, dried berry pies

Chapter 13: The Deer in the Wood
My First Little House Picture Book: The Deer in the Wood illustrated by Renee Graef

Foods: bread and butter

READ ALOUD: My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston

End of Book Celebration: Prepare a Little House in the Big Woods Dinner
Menu: Fried Venison, Baked Beans with Salt Pork and Molasses, Cornbread with Cracklings (fried pork bits), Homemade Butter
Dessert: Maple Syrup/Molasses on Snow Candy
Dinner Music: Listen to songs from the book: Yankee Doodle, Buffalo Gals, Pop Goes the Weasel, Am I a Soldier of the Cross, Captain Jinks, Kitty Wells, Old Grimes

 


 

Farmer Boy

READ ALOUD: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Chapter 1: School Days

There is no My First Little House Picture Book, yet.

Chapter 2: Winter Evening

My First Little House Picture Book: Winter on the Farm illustrated by Jody Wheeler, Renee Graef

Chapter 3: Winter Night

Chapter 4: Surprise

Chapter 5: Birthday

My First Little House Picture Book: A Farmer Boy Birthday illustrated by Jody Wheeler

Chapter 6: Filling the Ice-House
Chapter 7: Saturday Night
Chapter 8: Sunday
Chapter 9: Breaking the Calves
Chapter 10: The Turn of the Year
Chapter 11: Springtime
Chapter 12: Tin-Peddler
Chapter 13: The Strange Dog
Chapter 14: Sheep-Shearing
Chapter 15: Cold Snap
Chapter 16: Independence Day
Chapter 17: Summer-Time
Chapter 18: Keeping House
Chapter 19: Early Harvest
Chapter 20: Late Harvest

Chapter 21: County Fair

My First Little House Picture Book: County Fair illustrated by Jody Wheeler

Chapter 22: Fall of the Year

Chapter 23: Cobbler
Chapter 24: The Little Bobsled
Chapter 25: Threshing
Chapter 26: Christmas
Chapter 27: Wood-Hauling
Chapter 28: Mr. Thompson’s Pocketbook
Chapter 29: Farmer Boy

End of Book Celebration: Prepare a Farmer Boy Dinner

Menu:
Dessert:
Dinner Music: Listen to songs from the book: Star Spangled Banner

 


 

Little House on the Prairie

READ ALOUD: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

READ ALOUD:  The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong; 1874 The Glittering Cloud

IMMERSION:  Show pictures of Independence, Kansas and Little House on the Prairie replica cabin.

Chapter 1: Going West

My First Little House Picture Book: Going West illustrated by Renee Graef

Food:

Chapter 2: Crossing the Creek

Chapter 3: Camp on the High Prairie

Chapter 4: Prairie Day

My First Little House Picture Book: Prairie Day illustrated by Renee Graef

My Book of Little House Paper Dolls: A Day on the Prairie

 

Chapter 5: The House on the Prairie

My First Little House Picture Book: A Little Prairie House illustrated by Renee Graef

My Book of Little House Christmas Paper Dolls: Christmas on the Prairie

My Little House Christmas Sticker Book: Santa Claus Comes to the Prairie

Chapter 6: Moving In
Chapter 7: The Wolf-Pack
Chapter 8: Two Stout Doors
Chapter 9: A Fire on the Hearth
Chapter 10: A Roof and a Floor
Chapter 11: Indians in the House
Chapter 12: Fresh Water to Drink
Chapter 13: Texas Longhorns
Chapter 14: Indian Camp
Chapter 15: Fever ‘N’ Ague
Chapter 16: Fire in the Chimney
Chapter 17: Pa Goes to Town
Chapter 18: The Tall Indian
Chapter 19: Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Clause
Chapter 20: A Scream in the Night
Chapter 21: Indian Jamboree
Chapter 22: Prairie Fire
Chapter 23: Indian War Cry
Chapter 24: Indians Ride Away
Chapter 25: Soldiers
Chapter 26: Going Out

 


 

On the Banks of Plum Creek

READ ALOUD: On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Chapter 1: The Door in the Ground
Chapter 2: The House in the Ground
Chapter 3: Rushes and Flags
Chapter 4: Deep Water
Chapter 5: Strange Animal
Chapter 6: Wreath of Roses
Chapter 7: Ox on the Roof
Chapter 8: Straw-Stack
Chapter 9: Grasshopper Weather
Chapter 10: Cattle in the Hay
Chapter 11: Runaway
Chapter 12: The Christmas Horses
Chapter 13: A Merry Christmas
Chapter 14: Spring Freshet
Chapter 15: The Footbridge
Chapter 16: The Wonderful House
Chapter 17: Moving In
Chapter 18: The Old Crab and the Bloodsuckers
Chapter 19: The Fish-Trap
Chapter 20: School
Chapter 21: Nellie Oleson
Chapter 22: Town Party
Chapter 23: Country Party
Chapter 24: Going to Church
Chapter 25: The Glittering Cloud
Chapter 26: Grasshopper Eggs
Chapter 27: Rain
Chapter 28: The Letter
Chapter 29: The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn
Chapter 30: Going to Town
Chapter 31: Surprise
Chapter 32: Grasshoppers Walking
Chapter 33: Wheels of Fire
Chapter 34: Marks on the Slate
Chapter 35: Keeping House
Chapter 36: Prairie Winter
Chapter 37: The Long Blizzard
Chapter 38: The Day of Games
Chapter 39: The Third Day
Chapter 40: The Fourth Day
Chapter 41: Christmas Eve

 


 

By the Shores of Silver Lake

READ ALOUD: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Chapter 1: Unexpected Visitor
Chapter 2: Grown Up
Chapter 3: Riding in the Cars
Chapter 4: End of the Rails
Chapter 5: Railroad Camp
Chapter 6: The Black Ponies
Chapter 7: The West Begins
Chapter 8: Silver Lake
Chapter 9: Horse Thieves
Chapter 10: Wonderful Afternoon
Chapter 11: Payday
Chapter 12: Wings Over Silver Lake
Chapter 13: Breaking Camp
Chapter 14: Surveyors’ House
Chapter 15: Last Man Out
Chapter 16: Winter Days
Chapter 17: Wolves on Silver Lake
Chapter 18: Pa Finds the Homestead
Chapter 19: Christmas Eve
Chapter 20: Night Before Christmas
Chapter 21: Merry Christmas
Chapter 22: Happy Winter Days
Chapter 23: On the Pilgrim Way
Chapter 24: Spring Rush
Chapter 25: Pa’s Bet
Chapter 26: Building Room
Chapter 27: Living in Town
Chapter 28: Moving Day
Chapter 29: Shanty on the Claim
Chapter 30: Where Violets Grow
Chapter 31: Mosquitoes
Chapter 32: Evening Shadows Fall

 


 

The Long Winter

READ ALOUD: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Chapter 1: Make Hay While The Sun Shines
Chapter 2: An Errand to Town
Chapter 3: The Fall of the Year
Chapter 4: October Blizzard
Chapter 5: After the Storm
Chapter 6: Indian Summer
Chapter 7: Indian Warning
Chapter 8: Settled in Town
Chapter 9: Cap Garland
Chapter 10: Three Days’ Blizzard
Chapter 11: Pa Goes to Volga
Chapter 12: Alone
Chapter 13: We’ll Weather the Blast!
Chapter 14: One Bright Day
Chapter 15: No Trains
Chapter 16: Fair Weather
Chapter 17: Seed Wheat
Chapter 18: Merry Christmas
Chapter 19: Where There’s a Will
Chapter 20: Antelope!
Chapter 21: The Hard Winter
Chapter 22: Cold and Dark
Chapter 23: The Wheat in the Wall
Chapter 24: Not Really Hungry
Chapter 25: Free and Independent
Chapter 26: Breathing Spell
Chapter 27: For Daily Bread
Chapter 28: Four Days’ Blizzard
Chapter 29: The Last Mile
Chapter 30: It Can’t Beat Us
Chapter 31: Waiting For The Train
Chapter 32: The Christmas Barrel
Chapter 33: Christmas in May

 


 

Little Town on the Prairie

READ ALOUD: Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Chapter 1: Surprise
Chapter 2: Springtime on the Claim
Chapter 3: The Necessary Cat
Chapter 4: The Happy Days
Chapter 5: Working in Town
Chapter 6: The Month of Roses
Chapter 7: Nine Dollars
Chapter 8: Fourth of July
Chapter 9: Blackbirds
Chapter 10: Mary Goes to College
Chapter 11: Miss Wilder Teaches School
Chapter 12: Snug for Winter
Chapter 13: School Days
Chapter 14: Sent Home From School
Chapter 15: The School Board’s Visit
Chapter 16: Name Cards
Chapter 17: The Sociable
Chapter 18: Literaries
Chapter 19: The Whirl of Gaiety
Chapter 20: The Birthday Party
Chapter 21: The Madcap Days
Chapter 22: Unexpected in April
Chapter 23: Schooltime Begins Again
Chapter 24: The School Exhibition
Chapter 25: Unexpected in December

 


 

These Happy Golden Years

READ ALOUD: These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Chapter 1: Laura Leaves Home
Chapter 2, First Day of School: Karen
Chapter 3, One Week: Wendy Corsi Staub
Chapter 4, Sleigh Bells: Eddie Higgins
Chapter 5, A Stiff Upper Lip: Patty Collins
Chapter 6, Managing: Annika
Chapter 7, A Knife In The Dark: Deb Stanish
Chapter 8, A Cold Ride: Barb Boustead
Chapter 9, The Superintendent’s Visit: Amanda
Chapter 10, Almanzo Says Good-By: Lauri Goforth
Chapter 11, Jingle Bells: Laura Welser
Chapter 12, East or West, Home is Best: Melanie Stringer
Chapter 13, Springtime: Leslie Sakaguchi
Chapter 14, Holding Down a Claim: Naomi
Chapter 15, Mary Comes Home: Kate the Great
Chapter 16, Summer Days: Sue Poremba
Chapter 17, Breaking the Colts: Sarah
Chapter 18, The Perry School: Laura Welser
Chapter 19, The Brown Poplin: Carrie F.
Chapter 20, Nellie Oleson: Sandra Hume & Erin Blakemore
Chapter 21, Barnum and Skip: Patty Collins
Chapter 22, Singing School: Naomi Shanks
Chapter 23, Barnum Walks: Sandra Hume & Erin Blakemore
Chapter 24, Almanzo Goes Away: Melanie Fishbane
Chapter 25, The Night Before Christmas: Jaime Brooks
Chapter 26, Teachers’ Examinations: TLynn
Chapter 27, School Days End: Wendy Corsi Staub
Chapter 28, The Cream-Colored Hat: Laura Welser
Chapter 29, Summer Storm: Barb Boustead
Chapter 30, Sunset On The Hill
Chapter 31, Wedding Plans
Chapter 32, “Haste To The Wedding”
Chapter 33, Little Gray Home In The West

 


 

The First Four Years

READ ALOUD: The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Introduction

Prologue

The First Year

The Second Year

The Third Year

A Year of Grace

 


 

FIELD TRIP: Pioneer Museum

Books to read after the series is over:

Little House Sampler by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane
Let the Hurricane Roar by Rose Wilder Lane
Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane

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Blessings,
Jennifer Hale and Marty Hale

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