Freebie Friday Oct. 16, 2009 Pioneer Times

October 16, 2009 at 11:19 pm (Uncategorized)

Welcome to Freebie Friday’s!

This week I am going to share freebies with you to Study Pioneer Times with the Little House on the Prairie books as well as the Kirsten books from the American Girl series.  Both of these series offer ample opportunities to study pioneer times with lots of hands on activities.  I hope you and your children enjoy these freebie!

Little House

Here is a unit study using the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a basis.  You will find a book list and all kinds of ideas for hands on crafts and projects.

The Little House on the Prairie Lapbook from Homeschool Share is a great way to learn about Pioneer times.  You will find booklets to go with every chapter of the Little House on the Prairie book!

Lapbook Lessons offers a free Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook.  In this lapbook you will
learn about the seasons, the smokehouse, animals in the woods, butter churning, making cheese and more! has a Little House Story Sack that is loaded with great ideas like making a covered wagon from a milks carton and making a corn husk doll.  There are also lots of great free links to instructions for things like making butter and ice cream!

Easy Fun School has a wonderful Learning with Little House Index of Lessons on their website.  The links at the top of the article are for books you can buy.  But, if you scroll down lower in the page you will find free time lines, trivia, word searches, recipes, the list goes on and on!

American Girl – Kirsten

Homeschool Helper Online offers free ideas for a Kirsten Unit Study.  This website includes 3 or 4 activities to go along with each of the six Kirsten books.  There are also links to sites to learn about Kirsten’s Swedish heritage.

Homeschool Share offers American Girl Lapbook.  This set of templates (Which happens to have template design ideas credited to me!) are opened ended so you can use them for any of the American Girls but there are also 9 minit books that are specific to Kirsten.  This is a fun way to dig deeper into the American Girl series!

Don’t forget to visit the Kirsten section of the American Girl Website.  There you will find games and other things to help you get to know Kirsten better.


It is always fun to dress up like the period you are studying!  Here is an Apron/Bonnet Pattern that would make a little girl very happy!

DLTK has a good selection of simple pioneer crafts.  You can make a covered  wagon, make Grandma’s Quilt Paper Craft or create your own farm animals.

"Home is the nicest word there is."
— Laura Ingalls Wilder

I hope you enjoy this week’s freebie’s!

Happy Homeschooling,



1 Comment

  1. Anonymous said,

    Yesterday I was at Borders in my area and they had American Girl Doll Cookbooks in the bargain area. I wish I could remember the price, but they were very reasonable. They also had a deal going on, buy two bargain books get one free, but I think that was ending today or some time this weekend.

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