Layout of The Prairie Primer

The Prairie Primer was published in 1993 by Margie Gray when she discovered a lack in homeschooling curriculum.

She filled a huge void.

Gray defines her book as a “Literature Based Unit Studies for Grades 3-6 Utilizing the “Little House” Series.


I heard about this curriculum years ago,  when an acquaintance used it with great enthusiasm and success.  At the end of the school year, she and her daughters took a field trip and visited as many places featured as possible. They read, cut, colored, crafted and cooked their way through school.

I wanted to be that kind of homeschool mommy when I grew up.

At that stage of my life, I always had a baby in the womb and usually one on the hip, so doing anything other than traditional worksheets was out of the question.

It might be debatable about whether I’m grown up, but my kids have, and I feel the liberty to branch out and try a new homeschool approach.
(read the WHY here)

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Weekly Planning Guide

The book is so organized, it makes me wonder what Margie’s linen closet looks like.

Her towels are probably neatly folded, and I’m sure she knows how to fold a fitted sheet.

I added removable tabs on the edge for each week.

Weekly Planning Guide p. 2

For a list-maker, a weekly planning guide for EACH week is awesome.

It gets even better.

Daily Assignment Page
There’s a DAILY list of things to do.

So, all nine books are divided into weeks and days.

The whole year is planned out for you.

If I had known this was so user friendly, I might not have put it off for so long.

Little House in the Big Woods Journal

For each book in the series, we’ll be using a softbound journal, the cheap kind that are usually under a dollar.

We copied the cover of the book and my daughter Mod Podged it on. We called it “crafts” for the day.

Spiral bound notebooks are messy, the pages fall out, the wire unspirals
and puts holes in clothes, and they don’t stack well.

Rust Assignment 001

Since there are so many activities listed for each day, you choose what you want to do. To make sure my daughter isn’t sitting around waiting for me to tell her what to do, I write daily assignments she can do on her own in the journal.

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We made binders for storing all the projects, writing and worksheets, with tabbed dividers for each book.

What kinda’ homeschool mommy do you wanna’ be when you grow up?

Back to School! 014

I’m finally the Prairie Momma I dreamed about.

Someone pinch me, please, before I wake up.

5 thoughts on “Layout of The Prairie Primer

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  2. Hello there! I have went back and forth about getting the Prairie Primer. After finding your blog, I decided to go for it. I will actually be using this for 1st(6.5 yr old), and 3rd ( 9 yr old) grade. My question for you is, do you think I could use this again, when they are older, say 4th and 6th grade? I don’t want to do a repeat but I see where there are older student recommendations and such. I myself have read the litte house series I don’t know how many times. I wanted your opinion since you seem so familiar with it.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Amanda, I’m so excited for your decision to use the PP for school! It was absolutely one of the best years of my 20+ homeschool journey.

      I even have a lot of blog posts I didn’t finish that I still want to just because each thing we did was so fun.

      I DEFINATELY think you could do it twice. There are so many assignments in the book you can’t begin to do them all for each book. I used a pencil to mark beside each assignment the date I did it and any comments about it. As you can see from my blog, I loved the crafty part.

      When the kids are older they could even engage in choosing what they wanted to do and help plan field trips. At that age, they will remember more and it will be impactful. At a young age we are still just trying to keep them engaged in school and keep the love of learning alive.

      I’m so thankful my blog was helpful. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. Blessings on your journey!

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