Little House In the Big Woods – So Far – Part 2

January 29, 2010 at 7:03 am (Uncategorized)

Last week I posted about what we had done through chapter 3 with our Little House in the Big Wood study.  Here is what we have done for chapters 4 through 7.

Soap whittling was the BIGGEST hit of the week!  The kids LOVED it! 

I had no idea how easy it would be to carve soap.  I bought a 6 pack of Ivory and we used pencils, spoons and butter knives to carve.  It was really fun and satisfying to see the block turn into a cute shape right before your eyes.  Plus my school room floor was cleaner than ever once we mopped up all the soap powder that spread everywhere!  LOL  (If you don’t want to clean your floor afterwards you might try this outside.)

Here are our finished projects!

Another hands on project we did was making paper lanterns.  This is super simple, but it was fun for the kids to pretend they were like Laura encountering a bear in lantern light! 
Here are the instructions to make a paper lantern. (You may notice in this pic that he crochet hearts have now spread to the school room!  I can’t stop making them! LOL)

We also worked on our lapbook pages.  One of the favorites for the kids was designing a tree that looked like a bear! (Pa encounters a bear in the woods that turns out to be burned out tree.)

The other booklets we did were: Pa and the Bear in the Way, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Soap Whittling and Fiddle/Pop Goes the Weasel.

The plan is to finish up the rest of this book and lapbook next week.  Then we will move on to Little House on the Prairie book and

Happy Homeschooling,


Here are my other posts on The Little House in the Big Woods

Pioneer Times Study

Little House in the Big Woods – So Far

Pretzel Log Cabin

The Fiddle



  1. Anonymous said,

    Just a thought you could use the soap to make homemade washing powders. Something we do that saves us money and the girls think is neat to do. got our recipe off the Duggars website found the products needed at Krogers.

  2. Anonymous said,

    I have your blog on my blog lines and I enjoy seeing the different things you do for home schooling. I really enjoyed reading this post and thought soap carving and making paper lanterns would be a great activity for one afternoon as a surprise. so thanks for sharing.

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