June 22-26, 2015
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM
If your daughter has enjoyed Girls Making History workshops in the past, here is an opportunity for her to go deeper in her learning.
PIONEER LIFE ON THE PRAIRIE
"Pa did not like a country so old and worn out that the hunting was poor. He wanted to go west. For two years he had wanted to go west and take a homestead, but Ma did not want to leave the settled country." Laura Ingalls Wilder
The 1840s and 1850s were years of expansion in U.S. history, when the land size of the country nearly doubled. The Homestead Act of 1862 drew westward a growing number of families seeking land of their own. Increasing numbers of immigrants steadily added to the growth.
Laura Ingalls was born in 1867. During the 1870s her family moved several times, traveling by covered wagon from Wisconsin to Kansas to Minnesota to the Dakota Territory.
You are invited to explore what it might have been like to be a girl living on the prairie during this exciting time.
Together we will be reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House on the Prairie, and during our lunch break we will watch and discuss classic episodes of the 1970s television series by the same name.
Here is a sample of activities for the week:
Prairie Schooners, Camp Fires and the Trail West – Find out why families left their homes for the unknown wilds of the western territories and what it was like to live in a covered wagon.
The Prairie Kitchen - What did pioneers eat and how did they cook it? Learn about prairie cooking, on the trail and in log cabins, while you make your own cornbread and butter and sample it with molasses.
Block Party – Quilts were important to pioneer families, for keeping warm, adding some color to their sparsely furnished homes, and even telling their own stories. Learn about popular pioneer quilt patterns and then sew a very simple quilt block.
Game Plan – Children who lived on the prairie had few toys, so they had to invent their own games and make their own toys from household scraps. Try your hand at a few popular pioneer games!
Girls will finish the week with a Memory Book that combines their journaling, photos and artwork. Sunbonnet and feather quill also included!