Plans for week 7

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day.

Watch an episode on DVD each day.

General Little House Plans

We will be watering the plants, helping them to grow big and strong!

I will be making the second pair of curtains to go downstairs.

We will be planning how to make a sink unit, so that our little ladies can do some washing up in their Little House.

Mr Ingalls

T11 will be making a lantern for the Little House.  This will be a fully workable one and will be useful particularly in the winter, when it gets quite dark in there.

He will also be making a broom from branches and sticks, attaching them together using the knots he learnt earlier in the project.

In addition, for a quick and easy project he will be making a butter press out of odds and ends we have lying about the house.  Obviously, this will be a toy and won’t be workable, but I think it will look kind of cool in the house.

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

C10 will embroider her tea towels which she made last week

L10 will be making the cod balls she didn’t get round to last week.

Both girls will be finishing the patchwork cushion for the rocking chair, and will be putting the final touches to their dress up, which they are excited to be finally wearing!

Laura and Carrie

A4 will be continuing with her reading using the McGuffey’s primer.

B2 will be reading with me the Little House ABC and 123 books.

They will be making some button necklaces to finish off their dressing up Prairie outfits.

The little girls and I will be hosting a tea party in our Little House, with everyone in dress up.

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

It is going to depend on who finishes what first, but A4 will be telling you about her button necklace; C10 will be writing about her tea towels; L10 her cod balls and T11 will write about whichever project he completes first.

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Plans for week 6

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day.

Watch an episode on DVD each day.

General Little House Plans

We will be watering the plants, helping them to grow big and strong!

I will be making the second pair of curtains to go downstairs.  We only have five more weeks and I want the girls to be experiencing as many different skills as possible.  They have experience of simple curtain making having made the upstairs curtains, so I decided I would do the downstairs.

We intend to bring in our children’s table and chairs from our home.

We will be figuring out how to fit in the stove.

Mr Ingalls

T10 will be finishing the stove

He will also be making some jam from his own raspberries and helping his sisters to make butter from cream.

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

With their siblings, they will be making their very own butter.

C10 will be making some prairie bread.  We will time this to coincide with freshly made jam and butter!  C10 also plans to make another dish cloth and a tea towel

L10 will be making Ma Ingall’s tablecloth to go over the little table we our putting in our Little House.  She is also planning to make some cod balls

Both girls are going to try their hands at making a simple patchwork cushion for the rocking chair

Laura and Carrie

A4 will be continuing with her reading using the McGuffey’s primer.

Both girls will be making some laundry balls and washing up balls out of grated soap we made from scratch as a family some time ago.  It is soft, grated and without any scent.  In Laura’s time they would have used these to sud the water with and wash dishes and their clothes.  We will be learning about this in a few weeks, so we are doing these now to give the balls some time to dry out.

A4 will be trying out some cloth dying using coffee granules as a natural dye.  We will be using the cloth to make a couple of (very basic) rag dolls for the girls to play with in our Little House.

B2 will be reading with me the Little House ABC and 123 books.

I also intend to make some bread which I will give the little two girls some to play with and make their own little shaped loaves.

We have all been working on putting together some little house dress up.  As usual they are a mish mash of home made, bought in and second hand.  I really didn’t want to spend any money on this project, but when I saw dress up bonnets for £2.39 a piece, I decided to spend the money rather than sew them myself.  My aim is to be finished with the dress up this week or at the latest next week.

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

Monday: A4 will post about her experience dyeing cloth the natural way using coffee granules as a natural dye

Tuesday: T11 will post about making jam from his very own raspberries he has been picking and freezing for the past few weeks

Wednesday:  C10 will post about our success (or failure) with the butter.

Thursday: L10 will post her recipe of cod balls

Friday: House progress

Saturday: Plans for week five

Plans for week 4

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day.

Watch an episode on DVD each day.

General Little House Plans

We will be watering the plants, helping them to grow big and strong!

We will be bringing in our rocking chair from the house, which someone from church kindly gave us. (It has an area on it which is broken)

We will hopefully also paint the floor, if the weather is cooler.

Mr Ingalls

T10 will be learning from Daddy how to sharpen an axe

Using his newly sharpened axe he will chop some wood, under Daddy’s watchful eye, to stack outside our Little House for the long cold winter!

He will stain the rocking chair and discuss with daddy the best way to mend it (one of his activities for the week after)

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

Both L10 and C10 will begin to make some baskets

They will make a wall hanging from painted wood to hang inside the Little House

C10 will be attempting to making some yogurt again this week, if she is successful she will use the yogurt to make some soft cheese

L10 will be making a blueberry pie from the Little House cook book and she will also make some standard bread to go with C10’s cheese

Laura and Carrie

A4 will be continuing with her reading using the McGuffey’s primer.

Both girls will be using some lolly sticks to make some plant labels for their kitchen garden

B2 has suddenly shown an interest in counting and is now able to count up to 10 (although not very, very reliably!).  I have a Little House ABC and 123 book which I will be focussing on with her.

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

Monday:L10 will post her blueberry pie recipe

Tuesday:  T11 will post about sharpening his axe and chopping wood

Wednesday:   C10 will post about making yogurt and cheese

Thursday: A4 with some help from mummy will post about making plant labels

Friday: House progress

Saturday: Plans for week five

Plans for week three

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day.

Watch an episode on DVD each day.

General Little House Plans

We will plant the planter that Gary made and A4 painted with vegetables to make a small kitchen garden for the Little House.

We will hopefully also paint the floor.

Mr Ingalls

T11 will be learning net making skills using the knots he has been learning.

He will also be making something with which to hang the curtains up at the window.

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

The girls will be hand sewing curtains to go in the upstairs windows.  They will each make one curtain.

C10 will be making some basic yogurt.

L10 will be making biscuits from the Little House cook book.

Laura and Carrie

A4 will be continuing with her reading using the McGuffey’s primer.

A4 will be making some of ‘Pa and Laura’s haysticks’.

A4 and B2 will be making a blueberry pie with me.

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

Monday: C10 will post about making the curtains

Tuesday:  T11 will post about making his net hammock

Wednesday:   L10 will post about making the biscuits

Thursday: A4 with some help from mummy will post about her haysticks

Friday: House progress

Saturday: Plans for week four

Plans for Week Two

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day

Watch an episode on DVD each day

General Little House Plans

This week we will complete the basic house maintenance:

  • Gary and T11 will put the second pane of ‘glass’ in the bottom window
  • The stairs and banisters will be painted brown inside the house
  • The floor will also be given the wood treatment
  • The iron knocker will be painted black on the door.
  • The window planters will be reattached

Mr Ingalls

  • T11 will be making his ladder using scrap wood and his leather twine (or rope if he does not have enough leather), holding everything together using the knots he taught himself last week.
  • He will also make a wooden peg set of hooks to be nailed on the wall upstairs in the house to hang the little ones pillow case nighties.

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

  • Both girls will be cooking from the Little House Cook book, with L10 making a hasty pudding and C10 making fried pork and corn bread.
  • C10 will be knitting a dish cloth for washing up in the Little House.
  • L10, with some help from me, will be hand sewing a simple dressing up night-gown for B2 from a pillow case.  I have already made one for A4 as a test run!

Laura and Carrie

  • Last week I began A4 on McGuffey’s primer (the curriculum Laura would have used).  A simple learning to read curriculum.  It is phonical, repetitive and is working miracles with A4.  She loves it and is reading really well using it. Curriculum with bells and whistles, games and puzzles really didn’t suit her.  Take all that away and she can get on with the business of simply reading.  So happy!  She will be continuing with that this week.
  • Both girls will be helping me make a blackberry pie using a recipe from the Little House Cook book
  • Both girls will help me to make some decorative button lamps.  These are as a preliminary activity to making some proper button lamps to actually burn, later on in our unit study.

Incr-Edible Science

  • Learning how yeast works
  • Making a sour dough starter
  • Making a loaf of sour dough bread

We will all continue to rip up and plait fabric for our rag rug.

This weeks posting plans are as follows:

Monday: T11 will post about his ladder

Tuesday: L10 will post her recipe for hasty pudding

Wednesday: C10 will post her knitting project

Thursday: A4 with some help from mummy will post about her decorative button lamp

Friday: House progress

Saturday: Plans for week three

Five Children, Ten Weeks and a Wooden House

Three older ones: L10, T11 and C10

Three older ones: L10, T11 and C10

Hello!  Welcome to our Little House Learning Adventure.  We are a home schooled family with five children who are spending ten weeks this summer ‘living like Laura’ from The Little House on the Prairie.  We will be reading the books, watching the DVDs and eating the food Laura ate.  The best part of this project will be making our own ‘Little House’ in our play house.  Together, the whole family will refurbish our two story play house and make it as much like the original as is practical, whilst learning lots of lovely skills along the way.

Two younger ones: A4 and B2

Two younger ones: A4 and B2

Each week we will post a loose outline of our plans for the following week.  This will help us all keep accountable and help us to achieve the goals we have set ourselves this summer.  It also keeps the family on the same page so to speak.

Our Plans this Week

Read Aloud each day

Watch an episode on DVD each day

General Little House Plans

(Just edited to add a picture of the house!)

Our Little House

Our Little House

As one of our main goals is to transform our run down, second hand wooden house into a beautiful playhouse for A4 and B2, each week the whole family will focus on the jobs which need to be done to make this happen.  You should know we are not trying to replicate any house Laura lived in exactly, more capture the essence of prairie living in the 1800s.  This week we will:

  1. Clear out, clean and sweep house
  2. Replace the windows, top and bottom
  3. White wash the inside
  4. Wood treat the outside
  5. Wood treat the wooden planter Gary made

In addition the children will be doing the following, if there is any time left after doing  the house:

Mr Ingalls

  1. Using his survival skills book, T11 will attempt to master making twine from leather and then making a rope from the twine.
  2. He will use the twine to teach himself some knots, which he will use next week to make a ladder for the little house.  This will help our prairie family to reach the top exterior of the house, for cleaning and repair work

Mrs Ingalls and Mary

  1. L10 and C10 will make the mattress which is to take up the entire upstairs space.  They will use some old cloth and fill it with straw.
  2. Both girls will also be trying their hand at cooking prairie style recipes using this book:

Laura and Carrie

  1. A4 and B2 will be making a button string
  2. They will be given their paper dolls to play with
  3. A4 will make some prairie pancakes and post the recipe (with Mummy’s help) on Thursday

The whole family will begin to rip up material and plait it for our plaited rag rug for the floor of the house.

Each week we will post about something we have done.  This weeks posting plans are as follows:

Monday: L10 will post a recipe she has tried, with a review and a picture of the dish in question (it is likely she will cook this at the weekend)

Tuesday: C10 will post about our how we have begun to renovate our little house.

Wednesday: T11 will be posting on his attempts at making his own leather twine, turning it into a rope and which knots he practiced in readiness for making his ladder.

Thursday: A4, with the help of Mummy, will be sharing the recipe she used to make her pancakes, bacon and maple syrup

Friday: We will post a picture of how our Little House looks.  Hopefully each week you will see some improvements!

Weekend: Post of plans for the following week

We are hoping this blog will serve as a keepsake of our Little House adventures.