Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The First Four Years and Laura Ingalls Wilder Lesson Plan


Now that our (home)school year is in full swing we are finally getting around to finishing up the final book in the Little House on the Prairie Series, “The First Four Years.” It has been quite a journey through all of the Little House books, and this one is no exception. For starters, it's incredibly hard to read out loud, due to the way it was written. It is basically the first four years of Almanzo and Laura's marriage summarized, with a few stories sprinkled in. Nevertheless, it is still a great conclusion for those who wanted to know “what happened next?”

We made one last lapbook, (you can find the template here: The First Four Years Lapbook) and will be moving on from Little House unit study, but for those of you who would still like to learn more I highly recommend studying Laura Ingalls Wilder herself and checking out the following materials, most of which I found through my local library system for free or for really cheap!

BOOK LIST
The World of Little House by Carolyn Strom Collins
The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography By Laura Ingalls Wilder (For older teens and adults)
On the Way Home: The Diary of a trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894 by Laura Ingalls Wilder
West From Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder to Almanzo Wilder, San Francisco, 1915 by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House in the Ozarks : The Rediscovered Writings by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Young Adult)

VIDEOS
I grew up with the Little House on the Prairie TV show, and now thanks to my local library, my kids can watch seasons 1-8 on DVD!

LESSON PLANS
Here's a good one from Garden of Praise, that includes a short biography and activities.
Free Coloring Pages from Cheryl Harness 
Historic Locations and Museum sites (This site has TONS of cool info! Please thoroughly explore it if you have the time! ) 
Here is another great site with a wealth of information and activities! 


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