On the Banks of Plum Creek: Week by Week Life Skills Lessons

Here are our Lesson Plans For Life Skills

These lessons were made to go along with ‘On The Banks Of Plum Creek‘ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We are planning to go through the whole series and I am keeping track of the different topics we are learning about here on my blog. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have!

This page contains our lesson plans for a few different areas that I have included with our ‘Life Skills’. You will find lessons on cooking, cleaning, and organization as well as Bible memory work, manners, and character training. All of these will go together to help raise our children into the responsible and caring citizens of tomorrow.

On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or subject simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


Week 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

psalm-51.png

  • Work on memorizing two verses during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 1: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
    • Verse 2: Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

Complaining:

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. – Philippians 2:14-15

  • What did Laura complain about?

– Being honest. God hates lying.

  • Read this lesson HERE.
  • Why do you think Laura needed to tell Pa about her adventure?
  • Should you be honest?
  • Laura’s punishment was that she had to be watched, she had lost her freedom.
  • Do you think Laura like losing her freedom?

3. Manners

– Read the intro page through page 21 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • How should you come to the table?
  • What do you do before you begin eating?
  • What happens as you are getting started eating?
  • What are the rules for bread?
  • How do you eat soup?
  • How do you eat salad?
  • How do you eat cherry tomatoes?
  • Practice these manners when you eat.

Emily Post's Table Manners for Kids

4. Fun Activities

  • Watch this video about the pioneers:

Bugs Floor: 24 Jumbo Pieces

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 10-11
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

A Kid’s Herb Book: For Children of All Ages

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • What are the seven basic commands?
  • How many does your dog know?
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Also watch this video:

We will also be using:


Week 2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 3: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
    • Verse 4: Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Did you know that questioning the law or rules can be a sin?
  • Did you know that telling half-truths is a sin?
  • Laura led Mary astray. Why is it so important for us to be careful of what we do?
  • Why should we do what is right?

– Read Proverbs 20:11:

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

  • How does this apply to Johnny?

– Read Being Selfish

  • How was Laura being unselfish? (Chapter 12)

Being Selfish (Help Me Be Good) by [Berry, Joy]

3. Manners

– Read pages 22 through 31 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • How should food be passed around the table?
  • How should you ask for something to be passed?
  • How do you tell the salt and pepper shaker apart?
  • How should you cut food?
  • How should you eat spaghetti?
  • How should you drink beverages?
  • What are some special tips?
  • How should you eat desserts?
  • Practice these manners when you eat.

4. Fun Activities

  • Watch this video on wheat threshing:

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.
  • Freebie Snacks

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 12-13
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Did you learn any helpful tips?
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Week 3: Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 5: Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    • Verse 6: Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • God made us all unique and special.
  • Mary was surprised by something Laura did, something she would never have done. Do you remember what that was?

– Sometimes being unique means we are tempted by things that others aren’t.

  • Name some ways that Laura was tempted.
  • Did you know that God is always with you and he can help you make wise choices?

– Read Proverbs 22:7

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

  • Pa didn’t want to be in debt to anyone. Do you know what this means?

3.Manners

– Read pages 33 through 41 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners below:

  • What tools do we need for eating?
  • When is it okay to use your fingers?
  • How do you set the table?
  • What special tools will you find at a three-course dinner?
  • How do you use chopsticks? (Maybe try eating a meal with chopsticks to practice.)
  • What is different about a formal dinner?
  • Practice these manners as you eat.

4. Fun Activities

  • Watch this video about learning to fish:

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 14-18
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


Week 4: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 7: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    • Verse 8: Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • What character does the peacock remind you of?
  • Do you remember how Laura wanted to get even?
  • Was this a good idea?
  • What should she have done?

3. Manners

– Read pages 43 through 55 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • What are some trickier foods to eat?
  • What are some different things you may see at the table?
  • How do you handle a spill?
  • How do you handle a burp?
  • How do you handle something you don’t like?
  • Practice these manners when you eat.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 504-511
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


Week 5: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 9: Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
    • Verse 10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
    • Verse 11: Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • How did the Ingalls’ family keep the Sabbath?
  • Discuss what you learned
  • What number was the locust plague?
  • How did this compare to what happened in the story?
  • Do you remember what Pa needed to buy in town?
  • Did he buy what he needed?
  • What did he sacrifice his need for?
  • Was he being a good steward of his money?

– Read Psalm 46:

  • Why do you think Laura suggested reading this when you are faced with trouble?

– Read 1 Timothy 5:7-8

And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

  • How did Pa provide for his family?
  • What difficult choice did he have to make?

3. Manners

– Read pages 57 through 67 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • What are everyday meals?
  • What are some once a year meals?
  • What are some once in a lifetime meals?
  • How do you know where to sit?
  • What should you do if you don’t like something?
  • What are the magic words?
  • What are some table talk tips?
  • What is small talk?
  • What are some good things to talk about at the table?
  • What are some things to avoid talking about at the table?
  • Practice these manners when you eat.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 190-194
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


Week 6: Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
    • Verse 13: Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What commandment did Laura break?
  • God is good and he takes care of us.
  • How did God give Laura what she had wanted?

– Read Joel 2:25-26

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

  • How does this apply to the story?

Read Proverbs 27:10

Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

  • Who does this apply to in the story?
  • Who was a good neighbor?

3. Manners

– Read pages 69 through 84 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • Where are some places that you must eat quickly?
  • What are some line manners?
  • What are some tips for eating at a cafeteria?
  • What are some tips for eating at a sit-down restaurant?
  • What are some picnic tips?
  • What is a buffet? A potluck?
  • What can make a meal special?
  • Practice these manners when you eat.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 390-391 (pest deterrents)
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 14: Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
    • Verse 15: O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Why is it important to take care of ourselves?
  • What bad habits did Douglas have?
  • What bad habits do you have?
  • What bad habit did Pa have?
  • What did Laura think would happen when they grew up?
  • How do you feel about this?
  • Why is it so important for children to obey their parents?

3. Manners

– Read pages 85 through 93 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • What are the things you need to decide before hosting a party?
  • What should you consider when choosing the date?
  • How do you decide the guest list?
  • How should you decide on the menu?
  • Why should you do a test run?
  • How can you choose activities?
  • How can you make sure you get to enjoy the party?
  • What happens after the party?
  • Why are parties special and important?
  • Practice using these manners as you host a party or special dinner.
  • Check out these tips HERE for a tea party.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.
  • Brothday

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 85-91
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 16: For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
    • Verse 17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Pa knew that he had to keep walking and not give up, why do you think he didn’t give up?
  • What does perseverance mean?

3. Manners

  • What are some manners you learned?
  • Review Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss any manners you might need help with.
  • Continue planning and working on your special meal.
  • Try a test run.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.
  • Smart Sweets

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 92-96
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


Week 9: Finishing Up

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 18: Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
    • Verse 19: Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.
  • Work on saying everything you have memorized.

2. Character

  • Have you ever heard of the Golden Rule?
  • What are some examples of how the Golden Rule was shown in the story?
  • What are some ways that you can use the Golden Rule?

3. Manners

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.

Skill Trek

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Free choice reading
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Continue working with your puppy and giving her plenty of attention!

Now let’s have some fun. Pick a couple of tricks to teach your puppy!

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Continue working with your puppy and giving her plenty of attention!

Note:

We will also be using:


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