Little House on the Prairie Books : My First Little House Series

I adored Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was a child and was thrilled when one of the Creekside Learning Facebook followers told me about the My First Little House series.  This series is wonderful for younger kids, who are not quite ready for the chapter books. And, Little House on the Prairie Christmas is a great theme for literature and activities in December. 

Little House on the Prairie Christmas

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The My First Little House stories are based on the original Little House on the Prairie books.  The timing is a bit different in the First series. For example, most of the books include baby Carrie, Laura’s youngest sister in all the stories. In the original books, Carrie doesn’t appear until later, being much younger than her older sisters, Mary and Laura. But an introductory books to younger kids, that will only be noticed by the adults reading to them. This series is pure joy.

Christmas is a great time to discover these books because there are several Christmas themed books in the series. One of our favorites is Christmas in the Big Woods.  The book describes the very simple way that the Ingalls family celebrated Christmas, with a few simple gifts and some special foods.  

Little House on the Prairie Christmas

Little House Pancakes

Caroline Ingalls makes pancakes shaped like little men for the children to enjoy on Christmas.  This inspired us to make lots of different shaped pancakes. 

Little House on the Prairie Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 We took metal cookie cutters and filled them with pancake batter. You’ll want to grease the cookie cutters first with a little butter or some spray oil to prevent the batter from sticking. We flipped the pancakes over to the other side to cook, still inside the cookie cutters. Once both sides were done, the cookie cutters slipped right off and we had pretty shaped pancakes. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie



Laura Ingalls Wilder 

 Little House Maple Syrup Snow Candy

In Laura’s chapter book, Little House in the Big Woods, the family helps Laura’s grandmother make Maple Sugar Snow Candy. This scene is also recreated in the book Christmas in the Big Woods in the My First Little House series.  For instructions on how to make maple syrup candy, click on the photo below.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie

This post is part of Rainy Day Mum’s Story Book Advent.   Click through to find more wonderful pairings of children’s holiday literature with go-along activities. More will be added throughout the season. 
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Civil War Unit Study

Want to take a hands-on approach to history with your kids?  Learning about the Civil War for kids can be very hands-on.  A few supplies, a couple of field trips and lots of conversation have given my kids a great understanding of what this important time period in American history is all about. 

Resources for a Civil War Unit Study for elementary aged kids.

Resources for Older Elementary Aged Kids 

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Book Club Fun: Flower Arranging

We had a lovely book club today, arranging flowers and making our table pretty for snacks.
Celebrating Felicity's BirthdayFirst, I gave the girls each a tray with some glass jars to upcycle into pretty vases.  We used craft tape (Washi tape) to decorate the outside of the jars. More about our book club selection in a moment.

flowers for Felicity's birthday

The Washi tape adheres nicely to glass and is very easy to work with. The girls could rip the tape to the lengths they wanted to decorate their jars.

washi tape jars as upcycled flower vases

Next, the girls arranged the flowers into the vases and we set our table with plates of snacks, all the while discussing our book club selection.

Celebrating Felicity's BirthdayOur book is from the American Girl historical doll collection, Felicity’s Birthday. The Felicity books take place in Colonial times.
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Colonial History with Liberty’s Kids

We cannot get enough of this series! I thought it was a little pricey for our homeschool budget but it has been totally worth it! It has really helped Colonial history come alive in our house. Highly recommend it.

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Books for Learning About Jamestown, John Smith and Pocohontas

early american history jamestownOur early American History studies had us lingering in Jamestown for a while.

We’ve discovered so many wonderful books, that we really enjoyed hanging out there with John Smith, Pocohontas, Christopher Newport, the Powhatan Indians and the British settlers.


Books that make this part of history come alive:

  • Pocahontas:  Princess of the New World, by Kathleen Krull
  • John Smith Escapes Again, by Rosalyn Schanzer.
  • Journey to Jamestown: My Side of the Story, by Lois Ruby.

Journey to Jamestown: My Side of the Story was our most favorite. You read one side of the book from the viewpoint of Elias, a young English settler, then you flip the book over and read the story from the viewpoint of Sacahocan, a young girl from the Powhatan  tribe. The two characters interact throughout the story and become friends, despite their respective people fighting with one another.

English settlers from the Jamestown TOOB.

English settlers from the Jamestown TOOB.

Our spine:  The History of US: Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740  by Joy Hakim. We listen to the cd’s as well as read the text.

Powhattan Indians from the Jamestown TOOB in a pan full of uncooked rice.

Powhatan Indians from the Jamestown TOOB in a pan full of uncooked rice.

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