I grew up reading piles of books each week, and some of my favorites were the Little House on the Prairie Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I just loved reading about the adventures of Mary, Laura and the family. So this week while I’m sharing favorite Christmas books, I wanted to make sure and get this one in there for some Little House Christmas learning fun!
Christmas in the Big Woods is a book intended for young readers, although my 11-year-old daughter still loves to listen to this book! If you want to go a little more in depth though, you can read Little House in the Big Woods with your kids. I think that might be our next read-aloud around here!
i just love all of the amazing illustrations in the primary reader, and it’s the same beloved Little House stories made simpler for younger readers. Now on with the unit study!
Christmas Book and Activity Unit
Character Building / Biblical Studies
Thankfulness – Laura was so happy with her small doll and few small items in her stocking. I asked my kids if they could be happy with that for Christmas, and they just shrugged. Something tells me we need to work a little more on being thankful.
Living in Harmony – One of the things I love about the Little House books is that she focuses on family togetherness. I’m sure they had ups and downs and squabbles just like the rest of us, but family was a huge focus in the Ingalls household. In this particular story, the children don’t act jealous when Laura receives a doll. They play together in the snow. They enjoy a beautiful holiday together. Ask you child if they would have been happy to see someone else get a gift? Do they play together nicely? Talk to them about living together in harmony. Focus on the Family has a wonderful devotional series on Character. The lessons on harmony would be perfect to tie in with this book.
Pioneer Life – The Little House books are perfect living books for teaching pioneer life. She does such a good job of describing life in the Big Woods and on the Prairie, that it’s the perfect starting point for an awesome history unit. Check out this free Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook from Homeschool Share!
Wisconsin History – The Little House in the Big Woods is set in the 1871 Wisconsin woods. This would be a good time to take a look at the state of Wisconsin and it’s history. TheHomeschoolMom.com has some great resources for learning about Wisconsin!
Make some Molasses Snow Candy – Here’s a recipe so you can make candy just like Mary and Laura did!
Make Pancake Men – This is a fun thing to do for Christmas Eve Breakfast! Here is a fun idea for a snowman breakfast!
Make a Rag Doll – Laura loved her new little doll that she got in her stocking. Recreate the love by making your own no-sew rag doll!