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The Prairie Primer: Literature Based Unit Studies Utilizing the "Little House" Series Paperback – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Cadron Creek Christian Curriculum; 2nd edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965251136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965251136
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3rd - 6th grade!
Becky
While the presentation and organization pull everything together for homeschooling parents, the content is excellent as well.
Jennifer Bogart
Great homeschool resource if you want a unit study.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on May 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Laura Ingall Wilder's Little House on the Prairie series is amongst the most often recommended read-alouds in homeschooling circles. In fact, the complete nine-book series provided our family's earliest chapter book read-aloud experiences. Since that time we've re-read favourite books from the series - particularly Farmer Boy - but we've never sought to mine the historical treasures to be found in these beloved fictional autobiographies.

The next time we read through the Little House series we'll have Margie Gray's excellent unit study The Prairie Primer in hand. Gray provides an in-depth study of the series that can be completed in one or two years alongside the novels and other recommended supplementary resources. Incorporating history, language arts, science, domestic arts, Bible, character development and fine art, this guide for students in grades three through six can easily be adjusted to involve older and younger students for an educational experience the entire family can enjoy.

Clearly organized for easy use, Gray makes the lesson planning process simple for busy mothers. If you've tried planning your own unit studies from scratch you'll appreciate the effort that goes into choosing appropriate resources, developing activities and conducting research. Gray's provision of a general overview to each book (including relevant historical and background information), weekly planning guides that are invaluable in gathering knowledge and material in advance, and the clearly laid out daily lesson plans with scheduled readings, comprehension questions and a plethora enrichment activities are the keys to a simple unit study.

While the presentation and organization pull everything together for homeschooling parents, the content is excellent as well.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Alphs on July 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
"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 this 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 Americans.
4. The unit study method works well with all types of learning styles.
5. The unit study method is great for teaching younger students basic library skills. In regard to the older student it reinforces the basic library skills while teaching research skills.
The minuses of this curriculum are:
1. Several of the books which are required for the curriculum have gone out of print. The parent or older student will need to search for materials to replace those which are no longer in print.
Overall I think the concept of studying the life and era of Laura Ingalls Wilder's is a fantastic idea for studying the pioneer era/westward movement of the United States.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Julie on December 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have always loved the Little House books but my interest increased when my oldest child asked me to read them to her at the beginning of our homeschool journey over 7 years ago. We'd sit for hours on the couch reading till my eyes refused to focus on the page anymore. I'd take a short break and dive in again because my daughter was begging for more. How could I say no? I wish we'd found the Prairie Primer back then because we missed out on so much fun. I never knew you could learn so much and touch on so many academic subjects simply from reading one chapter. So far we've read books on manners, watched videos on light, bears, owls, gun safety, cleaning house... we even successfully made butter and we're only on day 4.

This unit study is wonderful. I want to do every activity. In fact it's Sunday and my 2nd daughter wants to "do school" today- that's how much she loves it. I'd also love to try Cadron Creek's Further Up and Further In unit study of the Chronicles of Narnia. Now my problem is there's so much good curricula and so little time. :)
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T. on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
We are finishing up the Prairie Primer this week. I have used this unit study last year and this year with my 3rd-4th grade daughter and 5th-6th grade son. We have all loved it wholeheartedly, and I'm so sad that it's ending. The author takes advantage of the things you read about in each chapter to delve into a whole myriad of topics, everything from science and nature study to finances to daily life skills to history to vocabulary and on and on.... She also uses bible verses and helps you dig into the character traits and the choices of a whole variety of people you meet in these stories. I appreciate the authors purpose in this, and I certainly followed her lead to talk about these issues, but my greatest disappointment with this book is that I felt the author was not intellectually honest in her use of bible verses. While many of them worked well with her chosen material or point, 1.) sometimes she had to choose a verse in a specific translation in order to make her point. You could read the same verse in five other translations and could see plainly that it was not really trying to say what she *wanted* it to say. 2.) Often she wanted to make a point and would choose the "salad bar" approach to bible verses, finding one she liked that she thought said what she wanted it to say. To be intellectually honest in bible study, one must read the whole passage and take it in context to see what the author means. It's like a journalist taking a partial quote from a politician and putting a spin on it to make the person look foolish, or as if he or she supports something s/he doesn't. Anyway, I hate to rat on the author for this, as, overall, I really, really *love* this unit study!Read more ›
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