Prairie Primer

Prairie Primer

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Item #: 007106
ISBN: 9780965251105
Grades: K-6

Product Description:

Base your schooling on the Little House series! Written by a Christian homeschooler specifically for homeschoolers, this hefty book will help you get the most out of these beloved books. Like KONOS, there are so many activities to choose from, you may want to pick and choose or, as one mother suggests, use different ones with different children according to their interests. Each of the nine Little House books is a different unit focusing on themes found in that book such as: the Postal Service, Railroads, Plants & Animals, 1800's American History, Courtship & Dating, Photosynthesis & Uses of Plants, Food Chains, etc.

Using Little House on the Praire Books to reinforce core subjects.

Additionally, each unit covers virtually all subject areas (history, science, health, nutrition, practical skills, literature, writing, geography, Bible, character building, crafts and more). The nine units are divided into four weeks each, so that the entire resource can be completed in a year, although you may choose to make it last for two by slightly altering the suggested daily schedule. There are four lessons given for each of the four weeks, with the fifth day left open as a "catch up" day. A Weekly Planning guide highlights resources and materials to be gathered ahead of time and helps direct the focus of the study.

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.

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Margie Gray
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Cadron Creek Christian Curriculum
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11.0" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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We love little house on the prairie. Learning the ways of how Laura Ingalls was taught sounded fabulous.
Alexandria S on Apr 20, 2022
Using with the Little House series, this had good reviews.
Rachelle G on May 31, 2021
We love little house on the prairie. Learning the ways of how Laura Ingalls was taught sounded fabulous.
Alexandria S on Apr 20, 2022
We love this series and thought this would help to enhance our learning experience.
Julie O on Jul 26, 2021
Using with the Little House series, this had good reviews.
Rachelle G on May 31, 2021
It looks like a great program!
Meagan R on Aug 6, 2020
We love little house.
Kristi on Aug 19, 2019
I used the Prairie Primer when my five children were young (elementary - middle school). Now our oldest daughter is about to start homeschooling her two children and would like to start with the Prairie Primer since she had such fun memories using this curriculum.
Margaret M on Aug 7, 2019
I have always loved Little House On The Prairie and want my daughter to experience what it would be like in that era.
Kathleen Y on Aug 18, 2018
My daughter loves this series of books and I thought it would translate into loving language arts. Really looking forward to receiving this so we can dive right in.
Joyce Y on Sep 18, 2017
christian s on Aug 18, 2017
I LOVE Laura Ingalls Wilder - this sounds like it will be fun to do this year with my 3 girls.
Brittany L on Jun 20, 2017
My older daughter likes to read books and I felt this would be a great way to incorporate ore subjects into her favorite subject.
April R on Apr 5, 2017
Loved it when I used it with my kids. Now, I am giving one to a friend who just started homeschooling.
James C on Sep 7, 2016
My daughter loves Little House on the Prairie book series so I got this so she could do the unit study on something she enjoys.
Audrey S on Aug 25, 2016
I have wanted to read through the LHOTP books with my daughter and include activities...this will be fun!
Julie H on Jun 21, 2016
My daughter loves the Little House on the Prairie books. She learns better with the unit study style, so I intend to use this as a complete curriculum for her 3rd grade year.
Kristen B on Jan 24, 2016
We love this series and thought this would help to enhance our learning experience.
Julie O on Jul 26, 2021
It looks like a great program!
Meagan R on Aug 6, 2020
What are the most needed items needed to go along with this?
Hannah L on May 20, 2022
BEST ANSWER: The most needed are “The Little House in the Prairie” books because they are your core reading source. Beyond that we used our library to expand our learning on the various topics…encyclopedia & dictionary are needed. Basic school & craft supplies to do some of the extra items but it’s really based on how muc you want to do with it.
Can anyone share the list of suggested resources, please?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That’s hard to do, because there are multiple resources for each section, including books, video clips, movies, etc. In reality, you could get by with the complete Little House series, a Bible, and the Internet.

Each Little House book is covered in a four week unit, and there are resources listed for each week. Most of the time I used Internet or book sources that offered the information needed, but were not the same sources suggested in the list. Also, what you need depends on which activities you choose. You may not do everything listed for each day; I didn’t.

Also be aware that, aside from the chapter comprehension questions, there are normally not specific questions to answer for the activities. There is a lot of research-based learning that you can assess through notebooking, posters, discussions, narrations, journals, etc. It’s very Charlotte Mason, in that way.

I have an online children’s book subscription, and we found so many books to use on there. If you don’t have anything like that, your public library should help.

I would suggest that, if you’re able, you buy the Little House Cookbook. My daughter really loved making these recipes to go along with what she was reading.
Is this the newest version?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We are currently stocking the 2nd edition which has a 2000 copyright. It's my understanding that it is the latest edition.
Is this the only curriculum you use for all subjects?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is the main curriculum. A math book is definitely needed. Also possibly a phonics program if the child needs that. Some people would choose to add science. There is a page in the unit study which shows what subjects are covered in each unit. Of course Art and music could be added as interests dictate. It is very flexible. I have used Cadron Creek's unit studies as the main curriculum with just math and arts extra. We have been very happy with the results.
Is this version paperback or spiral bound?
Kristen B on Nov 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a "perfect-bound" edition (i.e. regular binding not spiral bound).
Is this appropriate for 4 and 5 year old or should i wait until 2nd grade?
A shopper on Oct 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We've not used it long but I think you could pick and choose some of the things to do. Each day has a lot of tasks. Some are easy (making a corn cob doll of making butter) and some are more complex than others (study bears and write a report on them). We just pick and choose for our third grader. But we also don't use it as a complete curriculum.
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Rated 5 out of 5
We love Prairie Primer
I have two children using this curriculum and we love it. My daughter is 10 and son is 8 and both are completely enjoying using this. Highly recommend.
April 23, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Excited to get started
We are planning to start this Unit at the end of August and the kids and I are so excited! I've been looking through the Primer and making mental notes of the things I know we'll be doing and tweaking some other things. It's mainly for my 8yo but my 4 yo will be working along side us too, participating in the activities and listening to the reading. It's going to be so much fun! I only gave it 4 stars because it's not complete within itself, it has resource lists of other needed books. Which would be fine if we lived in a town with a library but we'll have to rely on the internet and I was hoping to pull away from online based learning this year.
August 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter and I are using the Prairie Primer right now and loving it! The Little House books have always been a big hit at my house so we couldn't wait to try this unit study when we heard about it We are using it for 4th grade and it's been a great way to get my daughter excited about learning while we study the 1800's period of history This unit study is really done well It includes so many exciting and fun hand-on activities that I know my daughter and I will remember always So far we've made homemade butter dissected an owl pellet learned a bit of knitting made molasses candy and lots more! This curriculum is great for grades 2-8 subtracting or adding to it as the need may be for various ages So far we've finished the first book-Little House in the Big Woods and had a blast with it! Now we are studying the California Gold Rush and reading one of the book recommendations from the Prairie Primer that is based on that time period It's fantastic! The only problem we have with the prairie primer is making my daughter slow down and not try to do all the activities at once! She actually wants to "do school" in her free time! I'm so glad we've had the opportunity to use this wonderful curriculum together I know that we are making memories that will last a lifetime as we read and craft and create together Having a highschooler in the home reminds me all too much that they grow so quickly and how important it is to enjoy these young years of learning together I heartily recommend the Prairie Primer to liven up your homeschool and remind you to make learning fun!
June 24, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
"The Prairie Primer" is a unit study written to cover the westward movement/pioneer era using Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" book series as the spine Topics covered in the unit study include: Bible literature art science creative writing cooking and history The pluses of this curriculum are:1 The curriculum is extremely affordable The unit study can be done over a period of one to two years 2 The study emphasizes character development from a Biblical perspective 3 The author has included a section on the study of Native Americans4 The unit study works well with all types of learning styles 5 The unit study method is great for teaching younger children basic library skills In regard to the older student it reinforces the basic library skills and teaches research skills The minuses of this curriculum are:1 Several of the books which are required for the curriculum have gone out of print and are no longer available The parent or older student will need to search for materials to replace those which have gone out of print 2 The description of the assignments seem vague The author gives you an idea but it is up to the parent/older student to expand on the idea and locate the resources so the student can complete the assignment Overall I think the concept of studying the life and era of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a fantastic idea for studying the pioneer era of United States History
June 25, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5
The Prairie Primer by Margie Gray is fantastic! My 5th grade daughter used it last year and this was the best unit study we've used so far in our four years of home schooling We read each of the Little House books and made a lapbook for each one using the suggestions and assignments in the Prairie Primer My daughter learned science history Bible cooking sewing and much more We loved the suggested hands-on activities like chopping firewood sewing a bonnet cooking Johnny Cakes She even set up a display at Home School Day at the Capital based around her Prairie Primer studies It was a hit! As her mother I enjoyed how easy it was to use I would recommend the Prairie Primer to anyone with children who love hands-on activity-based unit-study-style learning!
August 23, 2007

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