Laura Ingalls Wilder Unit Study

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    This online unit study takes you on a journey through the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Listen to historic songs, discover recipes inspired by the Little House books, enjoy crafts and coloring pages, see family trees, and find destinations that you can visit virtually or in person. Your family will learn about the places Laura lived, the people she loved, and the experiences she had during her long life of 90 years.

    What's Included

    This unit study is hosted on the Notgrass History website in format that's easy to use. As you read each section, you'll find links to a variety of resources. You don't have to download or print out anything unless you want to (for example, the family trees, coloring pages, and recipes). 

    As you use the study, you'll dig into topics such as:

    • music in the Little House books, with dozens of songs to listen to
    • Laura and Almanzo's courtship, marriage, and life together
    • Laura's faith
    • what happened to Pa, Ma, Mary, Carrie, and Grace after the Little House books
    • Laura's growth as an author before she started writing the Little House books in her 60s
    • books and magazines the Ingalls family enjoyed
    • Laura's grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins
    • how the Civil War affected Laura's relatives
    • the Osage people, whom the Ingalls met on the Kansas prairie
    • Dr. George Tann, the African American doctor who tended to the Ingalls in Kansas
    • Mary's experience at the School for the Blind in Iowa
    • how the Homestead Act affected families like the Ingalls
    • food, clothing, and toys and games in the 19th century
    • Laura's 1915 trip to California to visit her daughter, Rose
    • the genealogy of the Ingalls, Wilder, and Quiner families (Ma was a Quiner)
    • places you can visit virtually and in person to learn more

    With a variety of activities for all ages, this is a unit study that the whole family can enjoy. It is designed so that you can go at your own pace. Depending on the ages of your children and how many of the additional resources you want to use, you can finish in a week, or you can enjoy it slowly over a longer period of time.

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    Video Walkthrough

    Here's a video introduction to how the unit study is laid out and how to make the most of it.

    What Parents Are Saying

    "I found it an excellent source of historical study on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and beyond. It has both simplicity and depth." (Melissa N.)
    "I really like the ease of the format online, especially with the embedded links and resources. It makes it open and go but even easier to access. For a shorter unit like this, it saves me time to know that it's all there within the unit instead of having to bookmark a separate list elsewhere. I also really appreciate the inclusion of the maps for reference." (Laraleigh M.)
    "I greatly appreciate the approach you take towards the tough stuff in history. It's important to recognize aspects of life (like the minstrel singers) that were common at the time, but which are now recognized as insensitive and wrong.  I think you all, as a company, take an excellent approach to this, explaining things in an age appropriate way, but never glossing over things." (Christine B.)