The homeschooler’s Little House on the Prairie site tour guide

The homeschooler's site tour guide to Little House on the Prairie
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

5 states – 2,200 miles – 2 adults – 3 kids – 1 minivan – 9 days – 3 Little House sites…

…and we lived to tell about it!

Since we arrived back from our whirlwind tour of the Midwest a few weeks ago, I’ve been reliving our trip by posting photos on Steady Mom and social media. On one such update a reader asked:

“Won’t you share the specifics of your trip so we can benefit from all your work if we decide to do the same?”

Several other readers also mentioned you might like to check out one or more of the sites some day with your family, so I thought perhaps a post about our experience might help you plan your own Little House site tour.

I’ll go ahead and let you know, though, that I’m pretty sure this is the longest post I’ve ever written anywhere. With so many cool photos to share, and so many tips to include, I wanted to be thorough and include as much information for you as possible.

Here we go – enjoy!
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Monday links: The Little House edition

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Photos from Little House in the Big Woods of Pepin, Wisconsin! With more to come after the laundry is washed and suitcases unpacked!

My recommendations this week:

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Wow, this Little House on the Prairie 4 part miniseries by Disney is beautiful to watch!

Sticks much closer to the script of the books than the TV show and it does not sugarcoat the hardships of pioneer living (including the tremendous tension between Indians and settlers – I did fast forward a couple of scenes, fyi). I’d highly recommend this for family viewing with your kids ages 9 and up.

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Out of all the Little House themed books we’ve read this year, THIS is one of the few we actually packed along our journey to the sites.

Beautiful photographs and history of the people and places Laura loved (and some she hated, ahem, Nellie). It’s one to add to your shelf if you have Little House fans at home!

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If you have studied the pioneers with your family, you must take a peek at A Pioneer Sampler – it’s one of our newest discoveries and favorites in our home library!

The author cleverly blends historical fiction about a pioneer family in the 1840s with nonfiction about some of the most common chores and activities: maple sugaring, house building, sheep shearing, etc. Make sure to check it out for your 8-12 year-olds.

Featured sponsors this week:

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If your kids love Lego, check out this way to try out more sets without paying for them – Pley.com is a Lego rental service (Think of it like Netflix for Lego!).

Rent a set for a month, send it back in a prepaid box, and have another show up at your doorstep.

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Take school outside this summer:

Home Science Tools offers plenty of supplies and projects to help you boost summer learning (insect collecting, owl pellet dissection, microscopes, and tons more)  — and right now you can get an extra 10% off!

Blessings on you and yours…

“It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties. It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Create your own Little House unit study

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Create your own Little House Unit Study ~SimpleHomeschoolJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

We are currently inhaling all things Little House, in preparation for our upcoming site tour this summer. Every day we learn something new about Laura and the Ingalls family, and for this homeschooling mama it’s a dream come true.

In a few months our family will be visiting three Little House sites: Pepin, Wisconsin; Walnut Grove, Minnesota; and De Smet, South Dakota. If you want to take a sneak peek and visit them virtually–as well as all the other Little House sites, make sure you check out the virtual field trip I created earlier this year.

Right now we’re rereading all of the books–one each month–and creating our own unit study to go along with them. This has sent me on a search for the best books, sites, and resources to help us learn more, and I thought I’d share my discoveries with you.

If you’re looking to get the most out of Little House, here are the resources we’ve been using:
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A Little House virtual field trip

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Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

As I’ve written before, the Little House books have influenced my life since I first read them as a little girl. I’ve read the entire series several times and have always had a dream–a dream that this year is going to come true!

I’ve always wanted to walk where Laura walked, see where she lived, and be inspired as a family along the way. Well, this summer it’s happening!

In June we’ll be heading west as a family–not in a covered wagon, but a minivan–to the Little House sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota on a massive road trip.

I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to do this as a family, but then I thought–why not take you guys along with me?

Of course, you won’t all fit in the minivan, but why not put together a virtual field trip so you can take your kids to Laura’s homes from your dining room or coffee table?

Ready? Let’s go!
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Lessons learned from Little House

Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

After several months, my three kids and I recently finished reading all nine books of the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Reading these to my own kids was like a dream come true.

I fell in love with Laura and her life as a young girl myself and have read through the whole series three or four times. But experiencing them as an adult with children of my own gave me a new perspective  than I had before.

Certain parts made me laugh, some parts made me cry, a few parts shocked me, and I took away a few lessons to remember as well.
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