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Little House Lessons

A favorite of little girls for generations, The Little House books make an excellent unit study. While I believe they are best enjoyed by eight year olds with a flashlight under the bedsheet, greeting them at the homeschool table with lesson plans is a nice surprise for a change-up in the usual studies.

Here are some accessories to consider incorporating:

Official Little House Website
Little House Blog
Free Lesson Plans and Ideas at Lesson Pathways
More free Lesson Plans & Ideas at Lesson Planet
Lapbooking and Notebooking at Homeschool Share

For a price:
Journey Through Learning Lapbook
Prairie Primer

Don't forget to party!
Invite friends over for a Little House themed party, including bonnets and prairie-style vittles. Make butter to serve on homemade sourdough bread. Embroider a small, basic flower. End with an episode of Michael Landon's Little House on the Prairie sitcom. 

The Books:

Huge, beautiful hardcover 75th Anniversary Edition (Full Color) of Little House on the Prairie.

Grandparents gave this beautiful edition to the girls and it is a favorite. It is larger than their laps and is a delight to read. For just a little more, you can own the complete set of paperbacks, so it's not for everyone. But it really is a treat if you have a Little House fan in your house.

The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set

There is another set that includes just 5 books and it runs $10 cheaper, but this set takes you through all of the Little House series.

On the Way Home 
Not everyone knows about this one. It is a diary that Laura kept during her journey from South Dakota to Missouri in 1894. The Wilder family included their daughter Rose at this point in their journey. It isn't written like the novels, but is an actual diary. Though different, it is quite interesting.

A Little Prairie House (My First Little House Books (Prebound))
These are cute introductions for younger children still in the reader stage. There are several of these books. They fit nicely for families that are doing the Little House books as a read aloud. Younger children can enjoy these on their own to enrich their reading time.

The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories
A fun addition to your reading!  Try your hand at Ma's Green Tomato Pickles, succotash, green pumpkin pie. Learn how to make cheese, butter, and sourdough. It is peppered with illustrations and quotes and is a treasured keepsake.

A Kindle book: Before the Prairie Books: The Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder 1911 - 1916: The Small Farm

This inexpensive kindle book is a collection of articles written by Laura. Very interesting stuff!

Laura's Love Story: The Lifetime Love of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder

I haven't read this one, but I am very anxious to! It tells the love story of Laura and Almonzo from the time of the single musket shot to the atomic bomb.

 Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

A biography of the life of Laura that draws from her personal, unpublished memoirs. For readers who want even more detail than this biography offers, look at Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The movie that premiered the sitcom. This isn't for everyone. I grew up on it and knew Michael Landon as Pa before I ever read the series. If I had read the books first, this series might have been a huge disappointment. It really isn't like the books, but it is still a huge part of my childhood memories and I can't think of "Little House" without thinking of this movie.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Unit Study

An inexpensive Kindle book  that is a guide to doing a unit study on the books.

    Anything by William T. Anderson. He is a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls and the Little House books.

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