There are so many wonderful directions you can go with a study on Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books! Here are a few ideas to get you started!
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For All Ages
- Watch the Little House on the Prairie Series (available on Amazon Prime)
- Watch an interview with Dean Butler at Almanzo Wilder’s boyhood home
- Learn to sing "Old Dan Tucker" like Mr. Edwards
Laura Ingalls Wilder Home in Mansfield, Missouri
Visit Rocky Ridge Farm, home of Almanzo, Laura, and Rose Wilder. See where Laura wrote the Little House books and other Ingalls and Wilder family momentoes such as Pa's fiddle.
Pomona Public Library in Pomona, CA
View the handwritten manuscript of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Town on the Prairie is the heart of the Pomona Public Library's Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection. Also view the original typewritten manuscript of By the Shores of Silver Lake and Remember Me, one of Michael Landon's scripts of the television series Little House on the Prairie and signed first editions of the Little House books and copies of the books in other languages.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa
Visit the Masters Hotel, home of the Ingalls Family from 1876-1877
Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas
The museum stands on the original land where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived with her family in a one-room log cabin in 1870.
Site of the Ingalls Dugout House in Walnut Grove, MN
Visit the site of the Ingalls dugout house along the shores of Plum Creek.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, MN
Learn about the history of the Ingalls family in Walnut Grove and see memorabilia from stars of the TV series and a quilt owned by Laura and her daughter, Rose.
Wilder Homestead in Malone, New York
Visit the childhood home of Almanzo Wilder.
Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota
Learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder and pioneer history
- Surveyor's House in DeSmet, South Dakota
See the original Surveyors' House from Wilder's fifth book, "By the Shores of Silver Lake", the original Ingalls home built by Charles "Pa" Ingalls in 1887-1889, and the original First School of De Smet attended by Laura and her sister, Carrie.
- Historic First Congregational Church in De Smet
Built by Charles Ingalls in 1882.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, Wisconsin
Visit Lake Pepin and see the reproduction Ingalls family cabin from Little House in the Big Woods.
Make some of the recipes from the Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker
The Playful Pioneers:
a year-long literature and project based curriculum for elementary students
Little House Picture Books (there are many titles, but here are a few to get you started):
A Little Prairie House
Make a simple family tree for your family using the instructions in our free downloads.
Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder by Patricia Brennan Demuth
Little Author in the Big Woods by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Build a covered wagon with Fanfaron by Laura
Make a corn husk doll
Construct your own family tree and interview some of your relatives using our ancestor profile pages in the free download.
Middle School/High School
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Learn how to make a wagon wheel
Construct your own family tree and interview some of your relatives using our ancestor profile pages in the free download. Consider writing a story or two using the information you learn about your family or learn more about genealogy and your family background using Ancestry.com or other genealogy sites. Some library systems offer free access to Ancestry.com to their members.
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