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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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.
For a list-maker, a weekly planning guide for EACH week is awesome.
It gets even better.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I’m finally the Prairie Momma I dreamed about.
Someone pinch me, please, before I wake up.