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On the Banks of Plum Creek: Week by Week Music, Arts, and Crafts Lessons

Here are our Lesson Plans For Music, Arts & Crafts

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!

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

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.

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.

We are also using these art books:

Many of the songs come from this book:

Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook


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

Crafts:

Art:**

Music:


Week 2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

Crafts:**

Art:

Music:


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

Crafts:

Art: 

Music:


Week 4: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

Crafts:

Rainbow Fish Template

Art: 

Music:

Sing Uncle John to the tune of Yankee Doodle:


Week 5: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

Crafts:

Art:

Music:


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

Crafts:

Art:

Music:


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

Crafts:

Art:

Music:


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

Crafts:**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art:

Music:


Week 9: Finishing Up

Crafts:**

The Nine-Patch quilt block is one of the best blocks to start with if you're a beginning quilter. The 9-patch block changes when paired with other blocks.

Art:

Geometry Activity for Kids: 9-square template

Music:


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

On the Banks of Plum Creek: Week by Week PE, Health, and Safety Lessons

Here are our Lesson Plans For PE, Health & Safety

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!

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

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. Water Purification Safety

Drinking unpurified water can sometimes make you very sick.

The Magic School Bus At The Waterworks

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Research some diseases and illnesses that you could get from unpurified water.
  • Play a Magic School Bus Game

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

1. Food Safety

Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


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

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 4: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

1. Medicinal Uses of Leeches

  • Discuss what you have learned.

2. Leech Removal

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • How does this compare with how Laura removed them?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

3. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 5: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play


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

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play

Bonus:

Did you know that Square Dancing is a good exercise for helping you to have strong bones?

If you haven’t already signed up for classes have your parents check for a local club near you.


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

1. Tobacco Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • It is mentioned that Pa smoked a pipe. Do you think this was a health risk?
  • How will you keep yourself safe?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

1. Frostbite Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What could have happened to Pa when he was stuck in the blizzard?
  • How can you prevent this from happening?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 9: Finishing Up

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play

  • Play your favorite game for at least 30 minutes.

**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

On the Banks of Plum Creek Adventure: Week by Week Science Lessons

Here are our Lesson Plans For Science

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!

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

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter 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. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Willow Trees

  • Morning Glories

  • Growing plants

  • Butterflies

  • Lichens

  • Badgers

  • Heat Transfer

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Seasons

3. Read:

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4. Extra Activities:

5. Bonus

Look at a sample of pond water under a microscope and compare it to a sample of tap water. Watch this video if you don’t have access to pond water or a microscope.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What surprised you the most about this activity?

Week 2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Animal Groups

  • Insects

  • Bees

  • Response to Fear

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Spring

3. Read

Extra Activities:

Fun Express Animal Bingo Game For Kids, Animal Recognition, Educational Games For Classroom


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

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Crabs

  • Leeches

  • Creek animals

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Floods

3. Read:

Extra Activities:

Nature Up Close! Light Table Slides


Week 4: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Fish

  • Blue herons

  • Snipes

  • Waterbirds

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Seasons

  • Droughts

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Week 5: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Grasshoppers

  • Food Chains

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Water Table

  • Dust Devils

  • Heat Waves

3. Read:

Extra Activities:

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

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Birds

  • Grasshopper Migration

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Fall

  • Lightning

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Beavers

  • Winter Coats

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Winter

  • Blizzards

3. Read:

Extra Activities:

Weathers & Seasons - Interactive Science Activities


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

1. Go back and review previous topics you may have skipped or want to learn more about.

Watch this video:

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Clouds

 

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Week 9: Finishing Up

1. Tests

Make sure to print out the results from online quizzes.

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

Earth Science by Rock 'N Learn

  • Learn about hurricanes as we have a lot of them here.

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

 

On the Banks of Plum Creek Adventure: Week by Week Math Lessons

Here are our Lesson Plans For Math

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!

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic 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.

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.


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

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

MÖBI Kids-The Numerical Tile Game for Kids in a Whale Pouch with Included Activity Booklet

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Week 2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


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

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Week 4: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

School Zone - Math 1-2 Flash Card 4-Pack - Ages 4 and Up, Addition, Subtraction, Numbers 1-100, and More (Flash Card 4-pk)

Older Kids:

  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy
  • Special Tasks:
    • If the girls could walk 4 miles per hour how long would it take them to walk 20 miles? 30 miles?

Younger Kids:


Week 5: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy
  • Special Tasks:
    • Use information from p. 208 to calculate how many potential grasshoppers were in each square foot of ground.

Younger Kids:


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

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy
  • Special Tasks:
    • Research and estimate how many gallons of water your family uses, compare this to the Ingalls’ family.

Younger Kids:


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

School Zone - Math 1-2 Flash Card 4-Pack - Ages 4 and Up, Addition, Subtraction, Numbers 1-100, and More (Flash Card 4-pk)

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Week 9: Finishing Up

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

MÖBI Kids-The Numerical Tile Game for Kids in a Whale Pouch with Included Activity Booklet

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure: Language Arts Lesson Plans

These are divided into weekly work as we like to use Loop Scheduling in our home. We simply work on a little bit and then move on to the next subject area. We have four days of ‘school’ and then the fifth day is used to finish up projects that we have been working, for independent study, or fun activities and field trips. Have fun on your Little House on the Prairie Academic Adventures!

Here are our Lesson Plans For Language Arts

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!

You may find it easier to buy a Workbook for your children to work through as you go along with the rest of the study.

Answer Key Password: momsrock

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HERE and print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this, we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic 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

(The Door in the Ground, The House in the Ground, Rushes and Flags, Deep Water, Strange Animal, and Wreath of Roses)

We plan to use this FREE Lapbook to go along with our study.

Reading:

Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Discussion Questions:

Chapter One (The Door in the Ground):

  • What four states did they travel through?
  • Why did Mr. Hanson want to sell his place?
  • What did Pa trade for the house?
  • How was this new house different from their old house? Click HERE for pictures.

Chapter Two (The House in the Ground):

  • Why was Laura sad?
  • How was the house made?
  • What did Pa bring back from town?
  • How far away was the town?
  • What new animals did they have? Click HERE for pictures.
  • How did Laura feel about them?

Chapter Three (Rushes and Flags):

  • What are Rushes? Click HERE for pictures.
  • What did Laura learn that she could do with the Rushes?
  • What are Flags? Click HERE for pictures.
  • What did the girls do with the Flags?
  • What did Ma say the girls would turn into?
  • What did Pa warn the girls about?

Chapter Four (Deep Water):

  • Where did Pa take the family?
  • What did they see on the way there? Click HERE for pictures.
  • What did Ma warn Laura about?
  • What happened to Laura when she disobeyed?

Chapter Five (Strange Animal):

  • Where did Laura go? Why?
  • What did Laura see? Click HERE for pictures.
  • How did it make Laura feel? How can you tell?
  • What was Laura’s punishment for being disobedient?

Chapter Six (Wreath of Roses):

  • What did Laura like to watch?
  • Why did she not touch?
  • Who was Johnny? How did Laura describe him?
  • Why couldn’t they talk to him?
  • What did Pa bring home? How did he get it?
  • What important lesson did Laura learn?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Week One Vocabulary List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be making a journal to record some of our pioneer adventures in. The link to the journal is HERE.

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Write about a time that someone in your family traded something to benefit the family.
  • Write about a day in the life of a butterfly.

**Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch this video on foreshadowing:

Other Activities:**

Group:

Word Fun

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Week 2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

(Ox on the Roof, Straw-Stack, Grasshopper Weather, Cattle in the Hay, Runaway, and The Christmas Horses)

Reading:

Read Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Seven (Ox on the Roof):

  • What was Mary and Laura’s new chore? Would you like this? Why or why not?
  • Why did Pete and Bright go with the other cattle?
  • What awful thing did Pete do?
  • How did this make Laura feel? How can you tell?

Chapter Eight (Straw-Stack):

  • What tool did Pa use for harvesting wheat? Click HERE for pictures.
  • Why would you not want to play with this?
  • What bad thing did the girls do?
  • Who else could have been affected by their disobedience? How?

Chapter Nine (Grasshopper Weather):

  • What did the girls pick after their chores? Click HERE for pictures.
  • How did they harvest the plums? How did they prepare the plums for storage?
  • What would Mary rather do than pick plums?
  • What season are they in? What was peculiar about the weather?
  • What do you think they meant by ‘Grasshopper Weather’?

Chapter Ten (Cattle in the Hay):

  • Where did Mary and Laura stay while Pa and Ma went to town? Why?
  • Where did Ma get the material for Carrie’s new dress?
  • What happened to the haystacks?
  • How did the girls save the hay?
  • Why had the cattle wandered to their place?

Chapter Eleven (Runaway):

  • Where did Mary and Laura sit to wait for Pa and Ma?
  • What did the girls see when the wagon came into view?
  • What did they think was going to happen? What actually happened?
  • Why did Pa say that had happened?
  • What did Laura say she liked better than cattle?

Chapter Twelve (The Christmas Horses):

  • What did the family have for Thanksgiving dinner?
  • How did Ma feel about the dugout?
  • What did Pa say they would have for the next year?
  • What was Laura worried about?
  • How did Ma describe Santa Claus?
  • What did the girls for Santa Claus to bring? Why?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print: On the Banks of Plum Creek Week Two Vocabulary List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Write about your chores and which ones you like and dislike.
  • Write about a day in the life of Pete.

**Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch this video about descriptive writing:

Watch this video about descriptive writing:

Other Activities:**

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


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

(A Merry Christmas, Spring Freshet, The Footbridge, The Wonderful House, Moving In, and The Old Crab and the Bloodsuckers)

Reading:

Read Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirteen (A Merry Christmas):

  • What did the girls make for Carrie?
  • Where did they get the materials?
  • What was the weather like?
  • What did the girls get in their stockings?
  • What surprise did Santa bring?

Chapter Fourteen (Spring Freshet):

  • What woke Laura up?
  • What was making the noise?
  • What did Laura do?

Chapter Fifteen (The Footbridge):

  • Why did Laura sneak out of the house?
  • What happened to her?
  • Did Ma punish her? Why or why not?

Chapter Sixteen (The Wonderful House):

  • What did they name the horses?
  • What did Laura do when she heard the horses coming? Why?
  • What did Pa bring from town?
  • What do you think ‘a lick and a promise’ means? Click HERE for a definition.
  • What secret did Pa ask the girls not to tell Ma about?

Chapter Seventeen (Moving In):

  • What did Ma think of her new stove? How can you tell?
  • What did Ma make the curtains out of?
  • Where did Ma put her china doll?
  • What did the girls each have in their room? What did they keep in them?
  • What sound made Laura happy?

Chapter Eighteen (The Old Crab and the Bloodsuckers):

  • What did the girls find in the lean-to? How did they feel about it? Is this something that would make you happy?
  • Why did the girls work fast to finish their chores?
  • What did the girls find in the water? What did the girls do?
  • What else did the girls find? Click HERE a picture.

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print: On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Three List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about the sounds that you hear at night.
  • Write a descriptive paragraph that appeals to the senses.

*Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch this video on adjectives:

  • Identify adjectives from page 98.

Other Activities:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Week 4: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

(The Fish-Trap, School, Nellie Olsen, Town Party, and Country Party)

Reading:

Read Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Nineteen (The Fish-Trap):

  • How old is Laura?
  • What did Laura not want to do?
  • What did Laura help Pa make?
  • How did the fish trap work?
  • What did they have for supper that night? How did Ma make it?
  • How often did they eat fish?

Chapter Twenty (School):

  • Why did the girls put on their best dresses?
  • What did Ma have for them?
  • How did the girls get to school? How far was it?
  • What did they have on their feet?
  • How did they find the school?
  • What did the boys call them? Why?

Chapter Twenty-One (Nellie Olsen):

  • How did Mary carry the money?
  • What was the money for? What did Pa say about being beholden?
  • What did Willie and Nellie do for their father to fuss at them?
  • How did the girls buy the slate pencil? What do we use now instead of a slate and slate pencil?
  • What games did the children play?
  • What rule did Laura remember that kept her out of trouble?
  • Why was Nellie crying?

Chapter Nineteen (Town Party):

  • Where was Nellie’s house?
  • Did the girls use good manners? Why or why not?
  • Did Nellie use good manners? Why or why not?
  • What happened that caused Laura to be embarrassed?
  • What did Laura have for the first time?
  • What did Ma say about hospitality? What did they decide to do?

Chapter Nineteen (Country Party):

  • What did Ma make for the party?
  • What did Nellie complain about on the way to the house?
  • What lied did Laura tell Nellie about the dolls?
  • What trick did the girls play on Nellie?
  • What did Ma say about the vanity cakes? Who might this have applied to?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Four List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Write a one-page report about vanity.
  • Write a thank you letter to someone for something nice they have done for you.

Watch this video about similes:

  • Identify similes from page 134.

*Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Other Activities:**

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Week 5: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

(Going to Church, The Glittering Cloud, Grasshopper Eggs, Rain, and The Letter)

Reading:

Read Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Twenty-Four (Going to Church):

  • Why was Ma so excited?
  • Describe Ma’s new dress.
  • What mistake did Ma make with the girls’ hair?
  • Did the girls enjoy Sunday School?
  • What was different about the church?
  • What did Pa need? Did he get them? Why or why not?

Chapter Twenty-Five (The Glittering Cloud):

  • What was the weather like? How did it affect the pine boards?
  • What was different about the storm cloud?
  • What did the grasshoppers do?
  • How did Pa try to protect the crop? Was he successful?
  • What are some other ways that the grasshoppers affect them?
  • How did the grasshoppers affect other people?

Chapter Twenty-Six (Grasshopper Eggs):

  • What did Laura see? What did Pa say was happening?
  • Why did Pa say they were better off than others?
  • Why did Pa go to town?
  • Where was Pa going? Why?

Chapter Twenty-Seven (Rain):

  • What was happening around the house?
  • Why did Pa go to Mr. Nelson’s house?
  • What story in the Bible did Ma read? How was it similar to what had happened?
  • What promise had God made? What did Ma say about the promise?
  • How did the rain change things?

Chapter Twenty-Eight (The Letter):

  • What were the girls worried about?
  • What finally came?
  • What did Pa write in the letter?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:**

Print: On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Five List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about the locust plague in Egypt.
  • Write about a day in the life of a grasshopper.

**Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch this video about descriptive writing:

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


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

(The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn, Going to Town, Surprise, Grasshoppers Walking, Wheels of Fire, and Marks on the Slate)

Reading:

Read Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Twenty-Nine (The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn):

  • How was the weather changing?
  • What disappeared as the weather got cooler?
  • What did Anna do with the paper dolls? Charlotte?
  • What did Laura find in a puddle? What did she do?
  • How did Pa let them know he was home?
  • What did the girls need? How did Pa handle it?

Chapter Thirty (Going to Town):

  • What did Pa do in town?
  • What did Mary get? And Laura?
  • What did Ma not get? And Pa? Why?

Chapter Thirty-One (Surprise):

  • What did the girls do every day?
  • What did Nellie do that made Laura mad?
  • What new sound did they hear?
  • What new sight did Laura see? What was on it?
  • What gifts did everyone get? What special gift did Laura get?

Chapter Thirty-Two (Grasshoppers Walking):

  • What did Pa make?
  • How was the weather changing?
  • What was hatching? What did they do?
  • What strange thing happened? How long did it last?
  • What did Pa want to know?

Chapter Thirty-Three (Wheels of Fire):

  • What did they plant? When did the old-timers say they should be planted?
  • Where did Pa go? Why?
  • What happened while Pa was gone? Who came to help?
  • What did Ma say about good neighbors?

Chapter Thirty-Four (Marks on the Slate):

  • What did they need to harvest before they froze?
  • How did they harvest them?
  • What did they do with the turnips?
  • How did they keep track of how long Pa would be gone?
  • Did Pa come home when they expected? Why or why not?
  • What sad story did Pa tell them?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Six List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive story about a day in the life of your favorite toy.
  • Write a descriptive poem about the weather today.

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

(Keeping House, Prairie Winter, The Long Blizzard, and The Day of Games)

Reading:

Read Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirty-Five (Keeping House):

  • What did Pa keep busy with?
  • Why did Pa not want to trap the beaver?
  • Where did Pa want to go?
  • What did the girls do while they were gone?
  • What scary thing happened while Pa and Ma were gone?
  • How did the girls handle themselves? How did each help?
  • What rule had the girls broken? Did they get punished? Why or why not?

Chapter Thirty-Six (Prairie Winter):

  • What did Pa do to help find his way back and forth from the stable to the house?
  • What did Pa get in town?
  • What did Pa say was strange? What suggestion did Ma have?
  • How did they keep busy?

Chapter Thirty-Seven (The Long Blizzard):

  • Why did Pa say he needed to go to town? What did Ma say?
  • What chores did everyone do?
  • What chores did Ma do when Pa didn’t come home?
  • Why did Ma put the lamp in the window?
  • What strange thing happened?

Chapter Thirty-Eight (The Day of Games):

  • How did the girls help out while Ma was doing chores?
  • Why was Laura crying?
  • What did Ma suggest instead of lessons?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Seven List

Older Kids:

  • Day One: Write your words three times each.
  • Day Two: Write your words in ABC order.
  • Day Three: Look up definitions and use five of your words in a sentence.
  • Day Four: Test (optional) or Worksheet:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about how Ma might have felt while Pa was away.
  • Write a descriptive paragraph about how Pa might have felt while leaving for work.

Write this video about writing perspectives:

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

(The Third Day, The Fourth Day, and Christmas Eve)

Reading:

Read Chapters 39, 40 & 41

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirty-Nine (The Third Day):

  • Why do you think the day was so miserable?

Chapter Forty (The Fourth Day):

  • What did Laura think she saw? What was it actually?
  • What did Ma fix for Pa?
  • Why was Pa excited about the cold weather?
  • What did Pa buy in town? How much was it?
  • How did Pa stay safe? How far away had he been?
  • How long had he been gone? What day was it?
  • Why did Pa apologize to the girls? How did the girls react?
  • What did he bring for Christmas dinner?

Chapter Forty-One (Christmas Eve):

  • What did they do on Christmas Eve?
  • How did Pa assign the chores? Who did what?
  • Was Laura upset about the fact that there would be no presents or candy? Why or why not?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Eight List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive book report about the story we’ve read. Click HERE for book report forms.
  • Write a descriptive story about how you would feel if you had no presents on Christmas day.

Watch this video about point of view:

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


 

Week 9: Finishing Up

Reading:

Finish up any reading. 

Optional: Read Chapter 3 from Laura Ingalls Wilder Country ‘Kansas Prairie Country’.

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:**

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a one-page report about Noah Webster.

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:

Bonus Activity:

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 –Thank you!

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Free Supplies for NSCW Celebration 2020

I just got an email letting me know about this exciting opportunity to help celebrate the importance of homeschooling during National School Choice Week 2020, which will be held from January 26–February 1.

Homeschooling groups and homeschooling families can sign up to receive FREE NSCW Celebration Supplies which include yellow fleece scarves, signs, and more!

Click here if you represent a homeschool group and would like free supplies.
Click here if you are an individual family and would like free supplies.

There is a simple sign up form to receive the supplies and how you decide to use them is completely up to you!

I just signed up for ours and you can do the same right now. Let’s show our support for homeschooling!

Escaping Today’s Stress By Taking A Step Back In Time

WARNING: This post may contain a picture overload as I did take quite a few pictures while we were out on our adventures!

Over the weekend we had been invited to attend a small festival at Camp Milton where they were going to be having a battle reenactment. The time period was the 1800s which just happened to fit in with our Kirby’s Kids Academic Adventures and the Little House On The Prairie Adventures we’ve been doing with our homeschool so of course, I said we’d go. Plus it was a chance to see one of our friendly square dancers in action as he is an avid participant at these events.

I think we surprised him by showing up but he was more than happy to give us a tour through the camp and show us all the neat things they had out. They also shared some of their rations of beef jerky and bread with us for breakfast.

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After the camp tour, we headed over to the village where we got to shop at the General Store. I bought a cone of brown sugar there for the kids to try out later. We also ‘priced’ some other supplies and staples while we were there.

Then the kids got a peek at the small cabin, it was even smaller than our house, and they had the chance to ask a lot of questions which they did.

 

(Sorry guys there was no Google in the 1800s … lol.)

After the store, we headed over to the small museum where we got to check out a lot of interesting items.

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We checked out the school tent and bought a couple of toys, of course. Each kiddo had the chance to pick out a small wooden top and I also picked up a flute and a slingshot, what was I thinking?

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Google Home: The Ultimate Homeschool Helper

We have often shared things that we love and use on a daily basis. We’ve been sharing about our Kirby’s Kids Academic Adventures as we read through the Little House on the Prairie stories. (More lessons to come soon, I promise.) We’ve also done our share of ‘free schooling’ and schooling-on-the-fly lately as life can often times get very crazy at the drop of the hat.

You know we’ve had our own share of struggles with special needs, speech issues, and learning disabilities too. We’ve shared a lot of the great programs we use like ABC Mouse, Mystery Science, Kids Cook Real Food, and Character Concepts, plus many great resources like NotebookPages.com, Skill Trek, UnitStudy.com, Kiwi Co, Green Kid Crafts, and Positive Parenting Solutions that have really helped us out with our homeschooling journey.

One of our favorite resources lately has been our Google Home device that we received last year through a product testing opportunity. This thing is AMAZING! Not only has it helped to relieve some of my stressors as I have been able to integrate our Cozi calendar into the system, look up recipes in a pinch but it has also helped out in so many other ways.

Google is a talking encyclopedia!

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Mr. Joey (7) asks approximately 31,252,374 questions a day! I may be on the low side of that estimate though… lol. Mr. Jacob (5) asks at least half that many questions too. This means my mind is constantly in a whirlwind trying to remember how many teeth a timber has or how big a blue whale baby is when it’s born. They are so inquisitive and curious about everything which is where Google has helped out. Now they can just ask Google!

Since I have my Cozi calendar integrated into it, Google can even tell the kids what we are having for dinner. Okay, sometimes I do feel a little bit sorry for Google and tell the kids that Google needs a break.

Google is a speech therapist!

Not only has this feature helped the kids learn some amazing facts it has also helped them with some of their speech issues. Yep, that’s right. If they don’t say something correctly then Google doesn’t recognize it. This means they must slow down and practice speaking more clearly. Continue reading Google Home: The Ultimate Homeschool Helper

Hey Google, I’d like you to meet my friend…

So in a few of my past posts I’ve mentioned my new friend, Google, and I may have even shown a picture or two but I haven’t really introduced you yet. I have always loved Google as I can find answers to just about anything I need to know with Google but this Google is different.

So without further ado, let’s meet my new found friend and personal assistant…

ME: Hey Google, I’d like you to meet my friend…

GOOGLE: You’re the cereal to my milk. I like to think we compliment each other... she’s so funny!

ME: But seriously, Google, this is my blogging friend and I want to tell them all about your most important features.

GOOGLE: I have lots of powers and they are growing everyday… lol… I told you she was funny.

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Freezer Cooking Made Me Cry Yesterday

Hey ya’ll its been a few days since I’ve checked in with you. I hope everyone is doing well. We are finally getting over these colds that have been passed around and around and around… you get the point. I’m tired of being sick and tired and of being around whiny kids who are sick and tired… yeah not a fun week at all but it has been productive even though I ended up getting this post out a day late… Oops!

We have been sticking to our goals and our Plan of Action that I made earlier in the month. The kids are listening and behaving better, well for the most part, even thought they’ve not been feeling well. We’ve been working on keeping the noise level down and I’ve found that my little friend Google has been AMAZING at helping me with this. I have been asking Google, ‘Hey Google, can you play me some music please?’. Note that I do use my manners  and she really appreciates that. When the kids can’t hear the music they know they are getting way too loud.

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Wishes To Reality Update

As you probably know from reading our latest posts we have been staying CRAZY BUSY in 2019 just like we did before. However even though our schedules have been busy I have been trying to work in some changes, a couple at a time, to help us turn those wishes into realities.

My first wish of having the kids to listen better seems to be going along fairly well. I have been making it a point to work more one on one with each of them as I can. I have also not had to speak to them as much because I’ve went over what I expect and given them a list of rewards for when the goals are met or some consequences if they aren’t met.

I had also noticed that I was yelling more… ok, I felt like I was yelling. People sometimes laugh when I apologize for yelling because my yelling doesn’t seem like yelling to them… anyways I was having to talk much louder than I preferred and I didn’t like that. Did you know that yelling makes it seem like you aren’t in control? Well that was definitely not the message I wanted to convey to this little army I have here!

I also know that yelling doesn’t fit into the overall picture of wanting to create a more loving and peaceful home. We have a small home so when one or two people start yelling it begins to sound a bit like a busy coffee shop in NYC!

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Freebie Alert: Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study

I haven’t posted one of these in a while but with Martin Luther King, Jr day fast approaching this seems like a good one to post. The deadline for this deal is January 12th so please HURRY!


Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Notebooking Pages from NotebookingPages.com.

You can also check out all the other FREE goodies they have HERE!