Little House on the Prairie Review and Giveaway

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To say Little House on the Prairie has been a part of my life would be an understatement. I titled my first diary (when I was 5 years old) “My Remembrance Book.” My mom read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my sister and I at bedtime when we were little. I’ve seen the shows countless times. As an adult, my first regular column in a magazine was writing the Little House Legacy series for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, an assignment that included the chance to interview Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder). So when I had the chance to review Little House on the Prairie® Season One and the documentary by Dean Butler, Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I jumped at the opportunity. What’s even better is that I get to give away a prize pack that includes both Season One and the Laura documentary and have the chance to tell you about an even bigger giveaway! Keep reading for details!

The stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder as recorded in her books and brought to life on television are timeless and universal. We’ve all felt the sting of remarks by our own “Nellie Olsens.” We all have—or wish we had—a friend, uncle, or relative like Mr. Edwards. We share in the struggle of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles like unemployment, sickness, and loss.

In Season One, we have the opportunity to journey with Laura and Mary to their first day at the Walnut Grove school, swoon over Johnny Johnson, attend a wake for a spunky lady who isn’t dead, watch Mr. Edwards try his hand at babysitting, meet Tinker Jones, grieve the loss of the Ingalls’ newborn son, celebrate Christmas at Plum Creek, search for the source of a plague of typhoid, and join in the Founder’s Day festivities with the people of Walnut Grove.

In this special Season One set, you’ll also receive the pilot movie as well as two very special features. One is an original screen test featuring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert. The second is the 40th anniversary documentary “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon Part One—A Place in Television History.” This 13-minute special features Dean Butler, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Jr., NBC executive Tim Brooks, and others. It tells the story of the time period in which the television show debuted (just one month after President Richard Nixon resigned and toward the end of the Vietnam War), and it shares how Laura’s series of books became the television show Dean Butler called “a respite” for families across the nation.

The story of how Laura Ingalls Wilder came to write the books, which were first published more than sixty years after she had left the Big Woods as a little girl, is a very special tale of its own. This story is shared in The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, a 90-minute documentary directed and narrated by Dean Butler. As an author who was inspired as a young girl by the story of another young girl who grew up to became a writer, I was fascinated by the tale. This special gives you the opportunity to really get to know the characters we all feel we know so well from the books and television. It is full of historical images, references to original documents written by Laura, and much more.

And now for the giveaway! Little House on the Prairie®, in association with Element Associates and HomeschoolGiveaways.com, is giving away one prize pack containing Little House on the Prairie® Season One and The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Hop over to HomeschoolGiveaways.com NOW to enter to win and find out about an even bigger giveaway, and be sure to visit Little House on the Prairie® on their website as well as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Enter the giveaway NOW!

Giveaway ends 4/21/15.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Little House on the Prairie Season One and The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

150th Anniversary of General Lee’s Surrender

Civil War Notebooking Unit

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, marking the end of the American Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of one of the saddest chapters in American history. To honor this special day, we’ve created a very special Civil War notebooking unit we hope you and your families will enjoy. The Civil War Notebooking Unit is a 50+ page printable that gives parents, teachers, and students options for studying over 300 battles of the Civil War. Inside you’ll find:

For students:

  • List of 312 Civil War battles and engagements
  • State maps for twenty-five states where the battles occurred
  • Two notebooking page templates

For parents and teachers:

  • How to use this unit
  • List of the battles by state
  • List of the battles by year
  • Links to additional resources

Instructions are given for multiple ways students can study the battles including chronologically, geographically, and more. 51 pages total.

You can download this unit FREE for a limited time by clicking the link below.

Civil War Notebooking Unit

You might also enjoy these Civil War resources, on sale for half off during the month of April:

Just click add to cart below and click the PayPal button to checkout (credit cards also accepted).

Civil War Activities for Kids: Puzzles, Games and Quizzes (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Puzzles, Games and Quizzes (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Puzzles, Games, & Quizzes is a fun printable pack of 19 puzzles, games, and quizzes including history timelines, a Gettysburg Address fill-in, math decoding puzzles, a Venn diagram puzzle, matching, a printable board game, and more! 40 pages total.
Civil War Activities for Kids: Cursive Copywork (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Cursive Copywork (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Cursive Copywork is a 40-page copywork and handwriting practice book containing ten quotes from prominent men from America’s Civil War period. These are perfect for dictation or copywork. Traceable copy and blank lines are both included. Men quoted include Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, James Longstreet, and Abraham Lincoln. The full text of the Gettysburg Address is also included.
Civil War Activities for Kids: Manuscript Copywork (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Manuscript Copywork (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Manuscript Copywork is a 40-page copywork and handwriting practice book containing ten quotes from prominent men from America’s Civil War period. These are perfect for dictation or copywork. Traceable copy and blank lines are both included. Men quoted include Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, James Longstreet, and Abraham Lincoln. The full text of the Gettysburg Address is also included.
Civil War Activities for Kids: Print Copywork (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Print Copywork (e-book)
Civil War Activities for Kids: Print Copywork is a 34-page copywork and handwriting practice book containing ten quotes from prominent men from America’s Civil War period. These are perfect for dictation or copywork. Traceable copy and blank lines are both included. Men quoted include Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, James Longstreet, and Abraham Lincoln. The full text of the Gettysburg Address is also included.
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Weaver Bible Curriculum Giveaway

Bible-Fluency-Giveaway

Do you pause when you need to find a book in the Bible like I Thessalonians or Jonah? Do you know there is a passage somewhere where Paul talks about putting off the old man but have no idea where to start looking for it? I hate to admit it, but I … [Continue reading]

Geography Speed Drills-Ireland and Florida

Free Geography Drills Volume 1 - Ireland and Florida

How well do you really know Ireland and Florida? Could you name the northernmost county in Ireland? Could you tell me the counties that border the Apalachee Bay? This new printable series includes sixty questions, thirty questions each on Ireland and … [Continue reading]

Writers Wanted for The Old Schoolhouse

Writers Wanted

SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine  is growing, and we’d like you to be a part of it! We need business owners, bloggers, moms, teachers, and authors to join us in providing quality homeschool material to … [Continue reading]