Anne of Green Gables Annotated to Teach Kids LIFE SKILLS

📖Learn Old-Fashioned Life Skills with Anne!📖

I love the simple life we’ve created from the chickens in the yard to the cake on the counter. There is one thing I REALLY REGRET though! 😢

That’s not learning these skills earlier! I would have loved to have created memories like the ones I’m making now, with my family as a child!

Our Anne of Green Gables series is the classic book split into four parts and FILLED fun DIYs that teach kids life skills like Anne learned! Skills like how to..

🧶Knit
🪡Sew
🌳Nature Craft
🍳Cook
🍞Bake
🌷Garden
🤒Care for the sick
🌱 Grow Crops
🐮 Dairy Farm
💜 and more! (View Syllabus below!)

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How do the books work?

1. The Classic Story

We start with the classic book, unabridged, and split it into smaller portions to create small wins! Especially for less confident readers.

2. The Life Skills

Every other story chapter, we insert a skills chapter that matches what the character is doing. For example: In the first chapter Marrilla is knitting, the next chapter includes instructions on how to knit for kids and beginners!

3. The Results

Children and Families who read our books experience a stronger connection with each other, reduced anxiety, and increased confidence and capability!


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The Syllabus: What Each Book Teaches Families

Click the drop down sections below to view the syllabus for each book.

Book 1: Anne of Green Gables & the Journey to Her New Home

Anne of Green Gables and the Journey to Her New Home (1)

  • Read as a family the beloved story of Anne in the first installment of her adventures at Green Gables.
    Learn the skills that Anne used in her new life, and live your own adventures along the way!
  • This book is annotated with excerpts from:
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  • BEGIN TO KNIT BY AMERICAN THREAD CO.
    How to Knit
  • THE HOME-MAKING SERIES CLOTHING AND HEALTH by Helen Kinne and Anna M. Cooley (1920)
    How to Sew a Nightgown
  • MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERS FOR ALL DAYS OF THE WEEK by Dr. John Habermann (First written in 1565)
    A Daily Prayer.
  • MOTHER NATURE’S TOY SHOP by Lina Beard and Adelia B. Beard (1918)
    How to Make a Grass Dress & Head-dress
  • PROFITABLE LIVESTOCK by Pratts
    Cows on the farm or homestead

Book 2: Anne of Green Gables & the Sunday School Picnic

Anne of Green Gables and The Sunday School Picnic (2)

  • Read as a family the beloved story of Anne in the second installment of her adventures at Green Gables.
    Learn the skills that Anne used in her new life, and live your own adventures along the way!
  • This book is annotated with excerpts from:
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  • THE LITTLE GIRL’S SEWING BOOK by Flora Flickmann (1910)
    How to Sew an Easy Pinafore
  • A LITTLE CANDY BOOK FOR A LITTLE GIRL by Amy L. Waterman (1918)
    How to Make Cream Candies
  • COOKERY FOR LITTLE GIRLS by Olive Hyde Foster (1910)
    Delicious Home-Made Candies
  • A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE-BOOK TO NATURAL HYGIENIC AND HUMAN DIET by Sidney H. Beard (1902)
    Recipes for Picnics
  • SEVENTY-FIVE RECIPES FOR PASTRY CAKES, AND SWEETMEATS by Miss Leslie, of Philadelphia (1832)
    Raspberry Cordial Recipe
  • HOW TO FOLD NAPKINS by Jessup Whitehead (1888)
    How to Fold Napkins
  • BREAKFASTS AND TEAS: NOVEL SUGGESTIONS FOR SOCIAL OCCASIONS by Paul Pierce (1907)
    Tea Party Themes & Ideas
  • MARION HARLAND’S COMPLETE ETIQUETTE AND VIRGINIA VAN DE WATER by Marion Harland and Virginia Van De Water (1905)
    Sending and receiving invitations
  • AMERICAN RED CROSS TEXT-BOOK ON HOME CARE OF THE SICK (1918)
    Indications of Illness

Book 3: Anne of Green Gables & the Christmas Dress 

Anne of Green Gables and The Christmas Dress (3)

  • Read as a family the beloved story of Anne in the third installment of her adventures at Green Gables.
    Learn the skills that Anne used in her new life, and live your own adventures along the way!
  • This book is annotated with excerpts from:
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  • MOTHER NATURE’S TOY SHOP by Lina Beard and Adelia B. (1918)
    How to make a daisy crown
  • COOKERY FOR LITTLE GIRLS by Olive Hyde Foster (1910)
    How to Make Pies
  • LESSONS ON MANNERS FOR SCHOOL AND HOME USE by EDITH E. WIGGIN (1884)
    How to Have Good Manners
  • HOME ARTS FOR OLD AND YOUNG by Mrs. Caroline L. Smith (1873)
    Christmas Songs, Plays, and Dances
  • CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENTS by Alice M. Kellogg
    Christmas Plays
  • STORIES OF KING ARTHUR’S KNIGHTS TOLD TO THE CHILDREN BY Mary Macgregor pictures by Katharine Cameron
    The Story of Lancelot and Elaine

Book 4: Anne of Green Gables & the Bend in the Road 

Anne of Green Gables and the Bend in the Road (4)

  • Read as a family the beloved story of Anne in the third installment of her adventures at Green Gables.
    Learn the skills that Anne used in her new life, and live your own adventures along the way!
  • This book is annotated with excerpts from:
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  • HOME ARTS FOR OLD AND YOUNG by Mrs. Caroline L. Smith (1873)
    How to knit blankets
  • AGRICULTURE FOR BEGINNERS by Charles William Burkett, Frank Lincoln Stevens, Daniel Harvey Hill (1903)
    How to Grow Feed for Livestock
  • MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERS FOR ALL DAYS OF THE WEEK by Dr. John Habermann (First written in 1565)
    Prayer of the Bystanders for the Sick One, Prayers for the hour of Death, Prayer for a Blessed End
  • GARDENING FOR LITTLE GIRLS by Olive Hyde Foster (1917)
    How to Plant a Flower Garden

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Look Inside the Books

Watch this video to look inside our books! Life skills, especially wilderness skills increase children’s confidence and reduces anxiety! Our Books are full of activities and information to boost your child's capabilty and confidence while introducing them to classic literature!


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What Parents Are Saying

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Are You a Homeschool Family?

Here's an example step-by-step workflow of how we, and many of our readers, use our books to homeschool!

EXAMPLE WORKFLOW: The Nitty Gritty of Using the Books

Immediate Goal: To help kiddos train their brains to draw connections between stories, life, skills, and learning. To help children learn HOW to learn from books. To connect as a family. To develop old fashioned skills.

Main Goal: The goal with this particular style of learning is to retrain the brain from “school” methods of learning back to how children’s brains naturally learn:

1. Curiosity

2. Connections

3. Implementation.

In real life learning, we’ll often be talking to a friend, reading a book, watching a movie, going about an everyday task, or experiencing a problem, when we see something that sparks our interest that we’d like to learn more about. Then we’ll often research and then try it ourselves.

Examples:

A. Talking to a friend and them mentioning they made bread from scratch, then researching recipes, or requesting hers, and finally trying the recipe yourself.

B. Seeing someone knit a project on TV, then finding videos and instructions on how to knit, and finally knitting your first project.

Now for the Step-by-Step Workflow

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Use the table of contents at the beginning of each book to see what is taught. Everything that starts with “How to” is a Skills chapter. Take a brief look at those chapters so you’ll know what’s ahead.

Read the book together (starting with a story chapter). As you’re reading, the kiddos can have a notebook in hand ready to jot down anything the characters do or say that sparks their interest that they might want to research later. They could also doodle or draw what is happening in the story.

After reading the story chapter, it’s time to ask questions! Not “test” style questions, but conversational questions like….


- What was your favorite part about that chapter?


- Was there anything the characters did or say that you thought was interesting?


- Were there any objects or animals that you thought were cool?


- How did they solve the problem they were dealing with in this chapter?

Read the non-fiction/skills portion that corresponds, and voice connections + schedule the activity (opt.)

Example: in Chapter 3 of The Swiss Family Robinson the characters build a raft to get to shore after being shipwrecked. In chapter 4 is instructions from 1931 on different survival rafts and how to build them. Your little one can draw a design of a raft they would build as you discuss the different types, guess which ones would be most useful to the Robinson family etc. Together you can discuss and decide if this is the kind of project they’d like to try in real life (whether as a miniature or as a full sized project) and if they would, schedule it for the/a weekend.

This gives you a chance to plan, and prepare supplies over the week. It also gives an opportunity to teach kiddos project planning skills as you involve them in the planning process. Sometimes other skills may be added in to that same weekend project as you read. Like having a campfire (Chapter 9) after you’re done building the raft. Or they can research & follow other interests that might have been sparked by the book.

Doing the activity can be exchanged for, or supplemented by, watching a video about it on youtube!

We have some pre-vetted youtube videos that we've watched for you in our Farmhouse Library Membership!

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