A Little House Notebook

We all love the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder!

We use the free Little House lapbooks downloaded from Homeschoolshare.com for each book in the series.

This year my 12-year-old-middle-schooler-who-thinks-she’s-junior-high asked for notebook pages instead of doing a lapbook.

I could see this transition coming.  As she has matured, she readily writes lengthy and detailed narrations in her History notebook pages.

I created simple Little House notebook pages, using the question prompts from the lapbook download instructions.

Both children still cover the same work, but present it differently.

Little House Booklet with duct tape binding for easy filing

Miss K12 asked for a small booklet, so I formated it to A5 (half the size of normal print paper).

I included a new vocabulary page and I made her several blank pages for her to illustrate while I read aloud.

Here’s your free download ~ Little House on Plum Creek A5 Notebook

Little House Booklet inside

I’m delighted with her lovely, detailed narrations …

Little House booklet notebook pages

… and her beautiful drawings.

Little House booklet illustrations

My 9-year-old still loves doing lapbooks.  She feels comfortable with the small size of the minibooks.  She happily fills them and often still needs more space.

Inside the Little House Lapbook

She, too, will prefer writing her narrations in notebook pages soon.

Our combination pages are a good middle ground for this transition. We often paste minibook elements on a notebook page and it adds detail and dimension.

My youngest child still needs my help writing longer narrations.  She starts writing her own narration, and I give her correct spelling prompts when needed.  If she gets bogged down in tiny details, I encourage her to make her write short, clear sentences and make her point.

Quite often she get physically tired of writing (it is really hard work), but her brain is still full of ideas.  Rather than let it become a slog, I play scribe and she enthusiastically dictates her flow of thought.


Satisfying for both of us.

I love my children directing some of their homeschool choices.  It keeps them motivated.  The freedom and individuality are the most wonderful part of a tailor-made education!

How do you allow for preferences and differences in your homeschooling?


16 thoughts on “A Little House Notebook

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  2. I’m loving this site. Just wondering if you knew there are spelling errors on the Notebook pages? Like Laure and also Laura’s name is left out on the water safety. There are more. Just thought you want to. Thanks for sharing!


    • @Wendy R Saylor, thank you so much for your heads-up on the errors in the little notebook! Gosh, I can’t believe that I uploaded it with so many mistakes! But it is completely revised and corrected. Enjoy the download!


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  9. Mm, love the Little House Series, and my boys enjoy it too! 😉 I also really enjoy having the younger crowd narrate to me so I can write down what they say when their little hands tire. Sweet Memories.


  10. Jimmie just recommended your site to me…and I am IN LOVE!!! Can’t wait to dig in…am looking for something on Pocahontas, John Smith and Jamestown. Rebecca


  11. I love the series but only finished a few books with my sons last year. They were not overly enthusiastic – maybe because the stories are mainly about ‘girls’ and you know how ‘yucky’ ‘girls’ can be! 🙂 But I’m thinking of reading some again, starting over – these notebook pages are great. Thanks.

    Oh, and I agree on your other post about keeping hands busy during read loud time. Funny how my two older children never really needed to keep their hands busy, but my two younger boys are a totally different matter! I’ve given them coloring pages, drawing, building stuff and cutting out/gluing (usually related somewhat to something we’re studying so I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone), but I haven’t tried the 3-D toys yet. I love that site.


  12. Lovely post Nadene! We also LOVE the Little House books. They played a huge part in our homeschooling and general life during our first 3 years of HE. Thanks for sharing.

    Shirley Ann


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