It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Family Fun Goal: Visit a Literary Location

We used the Prairie Primer for part of our Third Grade Curriculum this year.  I told you about that on this post. To officially end the year, we met up with another family to tour the homes where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House books.

There were 10 of total (and no, we didn't qualify for a group discount). You have to park across the street and then walk to the first house and museum.

This is the desk that Laura wrote all of the Little House books!

This house was built in sections by Laura and Almanzo. They moved here when Rose (their only living child) was 8. Except for brief periods of time, they lived here the rest of their lives.  If this picture was in in Black and White wouldn't it look like the girls 'belonged' there?

Playing on the beautiful grounds surround the home.

Rocky Ridge House that their daughter built them a few miles away. Rose was also an author, when she finally made some money she built her parents a completely modern home. They lived in it for a few years and then moved back to their house! (Please note both Michael and Jo's faces. They did not take this part of the tour!)

Hill on the backside of the house begs for you to run down it just like on the tv series.

Asher and Jo are not to be left out of any activity - even hill running.

Josiah and Jeremiah are boys so they needed sticks to hit stuff with.

It was a beautiful place and very interesting. Bethany had closely followed the Little House Books and Laura much of her life. I, on the other hand, had just read the book series. We both found it very interesting. The museum contained so many photographs and artifacts. (Pa's fiddle! The plate Almanzo gave Laura for their first Christmas that survived the fire!)  About a third of it was dedicated to Rose Wilder. If I were to change anything, I would have learned more about Rose and read some of her work (she mainly was a journalist). She was also a fascinating lady - a pioneer a different kind by being the second highest paid journalist of her time...of either gender!

You can find out more about the home and museum by visiting their website here.

Family Fun Goals
Fun Goal
Date Completed
Visit a Literary Location

Visit a Beach
Visit a Zoo

Visit a Museum
Camp Out

Build a Fort in the Living Room (and sleep in it)
2/18 – 2/19
Visit a President’s Home

Ride Bikes to Rockhome Gardens

Attend a New Sporting Event

Walk a 5k

Put a Stamp in our National Park Passport Book
6/7 – 6/8
Do Not Use Lights for a Weekend
2/17 – 2/19

Nan’s Fun Goals

Fun Goal
Date Completed
See a Play or Musical

Take a Canoe or Float Trip

Go Ice Skating
See a Concert
Sleep in the Tree House

 Family Traditions


Date Completed

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Visit an Apple Orchard

Attend a St. Louis Cardinal’s Game

Attend a Chicago Fire Game
Watch a Movie in Drive-In

Make a Gingerbread House

Host Elf Party

1 comment:

  1. Love it! What a great field trip!! I have fond memories of our "Prairie Primer" days. :)