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Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

(Your book won't be as nicely decorated when it arrives.)

The children have times where they read aloud, but I read Farmer Boy aloud to them.  Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote this book about her husband Almanzo's childhood in the 1860's, and Memoria Press has compiled a lovely companion workbook that helps children retain what they're hearing and learning about in the story.

We're going through the story rather slowly and spending a fair bit of time on some of the concepts, so you might get through this book much more quickly.  It's meant to be done at a third grade level, but I'd say it's more an "end of third grade/ start of fourth" sort of book.

Most of the workbook simply encourages the child to find the answer (or a reasonably good guess) in the text; I wouldn't recommend getting a teacher guide for this, although they sell one.
Woodjie's work.  Colouring is what they call a "non-preferred activity" for him, but he was pretty inspired!  Looking at this page makes me so, so proud.  Not just for the work's sake, but that he was excited about the story.

Rose would like to show you her penmanship.  She will be eight in two weeks.


  1. That's a very neat workbook! Rose's penmanship is far better than mine was at that age and probably better than what I scribble out now.
    My pen usually can't keep up with the thoughts I'm trying to get down, so everything is scrawled in a hurry.
    Great that Woodjie was inspired enough to illustrate his work.

    1. Yes, when she slows down and concentrates, Rose can write beautifully! Most of her everyday work is not quite so perfect, however. (It's not sloppy, either.)

      Woodjie is very excited about this book and wonders if Almanzo will get a colt before it's over like he always wanted. :)

  2. They have done well, both books are neat and tidy.

  3. Rose's penmanship is quite good for an eight-year-old! Sounds like an awesome school project. I always loved when my mom read stories to me when I was their age.


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