The Little House series take us on a journey of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her pioneering family: from Wisconsin in 1870 to South Dakota, through good times and difficult times, and show us a family that lived through a time of rapid change in American life – from the rural and agricultural self sufficient way, to the industrial urban life.
The family lived off the land, hunted, made cheese and butter, maple sugar, collected honey, and also enjoyed the simple things in life, like attending church, dancing, family times together, and singing. Everything was used for some purpose, and the detailed descriptions in this series show us how important each object was in its use. We also read of the values by which one family lived – honour, purpose, generosity, faithful endurance, entrepreneurship, self-sufficiency, simplicity, thankfulness, patience, and more.
We all love these books for so many reasons, and they are wonderful to read aloud with our children, as well as providing many learning opportunities.
I’ve put together a list of resources, most of which are free, that will give you plenty of learning opportunities for your homeschool
Lapbooks and Unit Studies
- Here is a stunning set of free ‘Little House on the Prairie’ lapbooks
- ‘Little House in the Big Woods’ lapbook‘
- Little House in the Big Woods’ story study lapbook
- ‘Little House on the Prairie’ chapter-by-chapter lapbook
- ‘Farmer Boy’ story study lapbook
- ‘Farmer Boy’ unit study
- ‘On the Banks of Plum Creek’ story study lapbook
- ‘Little House on Plum Creek’ – A5 Notebook
- ‘By the Shores of the Silver Lake’ story study lapbook
- ‘The Long Winter’ story study lapbook
- ‘Little Town on the Prairie’ chapter-by-chapter lapbook
- ‘These Happy Golden Years’ story study lapbook
- ‘The First Four Years’ story study lapbook
Activities and Projects
- Make Butter
- Make cheese
- Bake bread
- How to make homemade candy (with molasses)
- Sew a patchwork quilt
- Make a braided rug
- How to make a corn-husk doll
- Make homemade ink
- Little House fun and games: make a journal, make an album, word search and other activities.
- Make a button necklace. String lots of different colorful buttons onto thread or yarn to make a bracelet or necklace like the one Mary and Laura made for Carrie.
- Assemble your own Pioneer town, with these downloadable templates.
- Pepin, Wisconsin – Little House Wayside
- Independence, Kansas – replica of the Ingalls home
- Walnut Grove, Minnesota – dugout along Plum Creek
- Burr Oak, Iowa – Masters Hotel where the Ingalls family lived 1876-77
- De Smet, South Dakota – home from 1879-94
- Mansfield, Missouri – Rocky Ridge Farm, home of the Wilders
- Malone, New York – Almanzo Wilder’s boyhood home
- US Map showing the location of Laura’s homes
- Downloadable Map of US – track the Ingalls family journey
Family Tree and Historical Records
- National Archives: Census records
- Laura’s Family Tree (maternal)
- Little House Timeline (slide the bar across the dates to view)
- Official website for the Little House on the Prairie series has crafts ideas, history, recipes and much more.
- Lessons Learned from Little House (a wonderful article at ‘Simple Homeschool’)
- What Kids Did on the Western Frontier (article)
- Little House Classroom Guide (by Harper Collins) – full of great information in colourful download
- Classroom Activity Guide (by Harper Collins)
- Questions for Group Discussion
- Music from Little House (127 songs to download)
- The songs from the Little House series, listed by book title.
- The Prairie Primer: Literature Based Unit Studies Utilizing the “Little House” Series.
Make sure you visit my Little House Pinterest Board for more ideas, history, and fun things to make.
Hope that helps get you started on your Little House learning! Please feel free to comment below with some of the things you have done in your homeschool to bring the ‘Little House’ series alive.
You might also like to purchase the book series, the TV series, or some of the Little House titles available: