Monday, March 23, 2009

Homeschool Successes

One of the favorite things we did while homeschooling, was the Prairie Primer Unit Study. It uses the Little House on the Prairie Books as a base for this study. My kids loved it (and I). Every day we would read from a book in the series and do one of the activities. We made a straw tick(bed), a leather gun holster and belt, knife cases, took a gun safety course, made butter, buckwheat pancakes, and many other fun activities. That winter we read how the Ingalls children received a tin cup, stick of peppermint, and a coin for Christmas. On Christmas morning the first gift we gave our kids was a tin cup, stick of peppermint, and a silver dollar. If we would have known how excited they were going to be over this gift, we wouldn't have bothered to buy them anything else, and I think it would have been okay with them. To this day, they will tell you that was their most memorable Christmas and gift. This unit study was definately a learning experience that stuck with them.


  1. What a neat idea! I have been using home school curriculum as a supplement for my daughter's school. It has been so much fun. We all really enjoy it. This sounds a bit advanced for her, but I will have to keep it in mind, thanks!

  2. Oh that's a really good idea. I read the series to them a couple years ago. It's amazing how much you can learn from such a simple thing :)

  3. You have reminded me of how wonderfully simplistic homeschooling can be while at the same time so effective in implanting knowledge and lasting memories! May your post be an encouragement to others!

  4. We've never used the curriculum, but we've read and re-read the books over and over. Even my hubby would settle in during the evenings to listen in.