Handout from the Denver conference

Pioneer Stories

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

(Cherry Jones audio version is great!)

My First Little House picture books

The Little House prequels by Melissa Wiley

Inside Laura’s Little House

A Pioneer Sampler

Pioneer Girl

My Great Aunt Arizona (Houston)

Pioneer Life from A to Z (Kalman)

Warm as Wool

Nature Study

Read Alouds for everybody:

Caddie Woodlawn

My Side of the Mountain




Water Sky

Where the Red Fern Grows

Paddle to the Sea

Minn of the Mississippi

Owls in the Family

Upper Level Study (middle and high school)_

Black Hearts in Battersea

Nightbirds on Nantucket

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Michael O'Halloran


The Keeper of the Bees

The Harvester

The Best of Beston

Girl of the Limberlost


Trumpet of the Swans

The Herriott Treasury for Children

Autumn Moon

One Day in the Woods

One Day in the Alpine Tundra

Kildee House

Owl in the shower

The Blue Hill Meadows

Tarantula in my Purse

Winter Moon

Picture book biographies to share:

Into the Woods

A Man Named Thoreau

Black Whiteness

Pond Watching with Ann Morgan

Bug Watching with Charles Henry Turner

Bird Watching with Margaret Morse Nice

Nature Art with Chiura Obata

Flower Watching with Alice Eastwood

Fish Watching with Eugenie Clark

Exploring the Earth with John Wesley Powell

Wildlife Watching with Charles Eastman

Girls Who Look under Rocks


Picture Books (but I really

think everyone should share them):

Henry David's House

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Henry Builds a Cabin

Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau's Flute

Joanne Ryder

When the Woods Hum

Fog in the Meadow

A Fawn in the Grass

Each Living Thing

Wild Birds

Mockingbird Morning

Catching the Wind

My Father's Hands

The Waterfall's Gift

Hello Tree!

Eric Carle:

The Very Busy Spider

The Very Quiet Cricket

The Very Lonely Firefly

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Mixed up Chameleon

The Grouchy Ladybug

The Honeybee and the Robber

Cynthia Rylant

Every Living Thing

The Bird House

Tulip Sees America

Night in the Country

Blue Hill Meadows

In November

The Wonderful Happens

This Year's Garden

More good stuff:

America the Beautiful (W. Minor illustrator)

Salamander Rain:  A Lake and Pond Journal

Crinkleroot's guide to Knowing the birds

Crinkleroot's Guide to Animal Habitats

Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Trees

Resources and books for Mom and/or high schoolers:

The Amateur Naturalist

Golden Guides: Pond Life, Insects, Birds

Wild Days

The Curious Naturalist: Nature's Everyday Mysteries

Reading the Mountains of Home

Writing Naturally:  A down to earth guide to nature writing

Fun With Nature Take Along Guide

More Fun with Nature Take Along Guide

Drawing From Nature

Keeping a Nature Journal

A Crow Doesn't Need a Shadow—great for writing nature poetry




Peter Spier's Rain

Galveston's Summer of the Storm


Magic School Bus inside a Hurricane

Rain Makes Applesauce

Come on, Rain!

Down Comes The Rain

One Morning in Maine

Picture Study

Thomas Locker:

Cloud Dance

Mountain Dance

Where the River Begins

In Blue Mountains

Walking With Henry


Helpful booklists:

Real Learning

RC History

By Way of the Family

Reading Your Way through History

MacBeth's Opinion

Bethlehem Books

Five in a Row


Sacred Heart Books and Gifts


First Communion Book Pages:

What my name means (Patron Saints)

God made the World and He made Me

Creed (memorize and copy)

God gave us the Bible

Guardian Angel

Original Sin

Gospel of Children (JPII)

My Baptism

Deuteronomy (Our family’s verse)

Noah's Ark

The Ten Commandments (re-state in my own words)

The Prodigal Son

The Vine and the Branches

The Lost Coin

The Lost Sheep

The Steps to a good confession (cut apart and paste them in order, with my own definition of the steps)

The Act of Contrition

Old Testament foreshadowing of the Eucharist :

Manna from Heaven

Ark of the Covenant – the tabernacle is our new ark of the covenant

Paschal Lamb (the last plague)-prefigurement of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

Psalm 110. M both priest and king who offered a special sacrifice of bread and wine. Christ offered an unbloody sacrifice at the last supper.

Malachi 1:11. “From the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun, a perfect offering will be made.”

Universal Church

New Testament:

Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God. He is divine. He forgave sins. He worked miracles.

Wedding at Cana

narration John 2. Jesus changed water into wine and showed that he had power over material elements

Loaves and Fishes (Small Gifts in God’s Hands narration) again, showing power over material elements

Jesus walked on water—showed power over his own body

Resurrection—again, power over his own body

Storm on the Sea—when Jesus speaks, it becomes a reality

The Last Supper—all the miracles rolled into one miracle.

Road to Emmaeus—the disciples did not recognize him until the breaking of the bread. We might not recognize him but he is really present. Because Jesus is glorified, he is not limited to normal physical limitations.

(1Corinthians 10 and 1: 1 Christians who do not recognize the Body and Blood of Christ.) No narration but discussion.

John 6: I am the bread from Heaven

Order of the Mass

What we see at Mass

The Weight of a Mass (narration)

The Little Caterpillar That Finds Jesus (narration)

Letter from me to Jesus asking to receive Communion

Letter to child from parents with our prayer for her.

At the end of the book are two pages signed by guests at First Communion and all the pictures taken that day.

Resources for Bible stories:

The Parables of Jesus (de Paola)

DK Illustrated Family Bible

New Catholic Picture Bible

Resources for a learning lifestyle:

Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home

A Charlotte Mason Companion (Andreola)

Educating the wholehearted child (Clarkson)

To Sing You Must Exhale—poetry by Kathryn Mulderink,--a balm for mom’s soul