Sunday, December 4, 2016

Three new videos on Laura Ingalls Wilder/Little House Books

I have three videos showcasing some of our books/trinkets and thoughts on the sites, as well as some books I checked out from our library.  These ideas should hopefully help you pull some items together to create a Little House unit study, or just offer some great books to include in your pioneer/Laura studies.


  1. Thank you so much for the in depth booklist of Laura. I have a daughter that I believe would love doing a unit study. I have done a unit study with my son a few years ago and then didn't do anymore though I think both of my kids would benefit. I like the idea of unit studies but have questions. Do you have a post on how unit studies work like how long you can stay on one unit. I would think this particular one would be enough to cover a year. But, do you have suggestions on a source that would cover all the years --I have heard of Weaver through AOP. With my son I think he would learn so much more (he's 13)with unit studies but, he has always been on the move(modifying go carts, nerf guns and tinkering on something) not much on reading or writing. It has always been a struggle and I have tried different things. I know I am babbling I will end it here. Thanks you for your work and helping those of us that come after you --I am an older mother 46 with a 13 and 10 year old. Jessica

  2. Hey Jessica-thanks for your lovely comments and gosh-I haven't been on my blogs much lately-so I am not 100% sure if I do have a post that goes into detail on unit studies but I know on my Homeschooling on a Wing and a Prayer blog I did one about how to go about pulling one together. I will link that after this response... Unit studies can be as long or short as you want them to be...sometimes they even take on a life of their own.
    And they involve some work to set up and pull materials together then of course-actually do it. LOL but they can be a great way to learn. There is a program that covers all the Little House books and it's called the Prairie Primer by Cadron Creek. I did not receive that one to review (way back when) but I know a few review buddies did and they seemed to like it. You could also create your own using say, resources from the internet like the lapbooks on Or via thru links on Pinterest.

    I have never seen/tried KONOS or Weaver but others have and hopefully, have some good reviews on the web to look for. I usually just pulled my own units together and that really has been more in the last few years of my homeschooling.

    Your son sounds an awful lot like my youngest (soon to be 16)....and so my solution is that I read almost all the material (history/Lit books and lots of the science stuff) to him. He is dyslexic and reading is not fun to him for the most part. Once I strike on a book he enjoys-he does read it, but it's a challenge to get him to do that. He likes to move-a lot. So when I read, he's either fussing with something [think Legos] or coloring a related picture for his notebook, or building something or playing with the cat and such. Was, now he's graduated to playing video car racing games on his phone or the tablet more often than not-but he retains the info! So finding your son's movement relievers (again, think quiet activities) will help you a ton and he will learn to listen whilst he keeps his hands/body busy (I mean my son will even do some of his workout while listening)...just be sure to have him narrate here and there to be sure he's not checked out. I also have my son doing small kit projects (so like when we were doing archaeology-he was working on a dig kit or putting a project like the Mayan Temple together) as I read.

    Writing and boys-well most run like wild animals away from it. I am still trying to corral my kid into that. SO we do very short lessons and life is better that SHORT and QUICK is the best for busy kids. Audio books may be a great way for your son to learn too. Your library should have oodles of them to check out. Many classics are on them.

    Check out Homeschool in the Woods ( as she has many great history units that have tons of hands on stuff to work thru as they learn.

    Your daughter will probably enjoy the Laura study more than your son. But that doesn't mean he cannot enjoy it...I would just add in some more boy oriented crafts and projects...there are some good pioneer and craftsman books available with ideas. HTH

    I could talk forever but do need to end it here for now...also, be sure to check out Pepper and Pine (Hana) on YT...she is a major Unit Study Queen with awesome ideas and how to videos.

    Here is the unit study post...on my main can be applied to any subject really....

    That blog has way more info on it ....Thanks again for visiting!