Fairytale Series
is Annotated to Teach Kids Old Fashioned LIFE SKILLS

Our FAIRYTALE Homemaking book collection uses the beloved stories of🍎 Snow White,👑 Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, and more to teach children how to: 🛏️Make & air beds properly, 🧹follow a children’s cleaning schedule from 1911, 🧦do loundery off grid (from an early 1900s children’s manual) 🪡sew an apron, 🍞bake bread, 💸keep accounts, 🛒grocery shop, and budget, 🥘recipes and wood stove cookery, 🧺basket weaving, 🏺Pottery, spinning,💐 start a rose garden 🦆🐣raising ducks and geese and MORE!

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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 chapter where Aunt Polly talks to Pollyanna about sewing lessons, the following chapter has a real sewing lesson for kids!

3. The Results

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


Thousands of Copies are Being Enjoyed by Families Right Now!


The Syllabus: What Each Book Teaches Families

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

Ash-Maiden (Cinderella)

Chapter One: The Ash Maiden

  • MORNING BELLS OR WAKING THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE ONES by Frances Ridley Havergal.
    First Day: Christ’s Childhood

Chapter Two: Hard Work from Morning Till Night

  • THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY OF WORK AND PLAY: HOUSEKEEPING by ELIZABETH HALE GILMAN (1911)
    Cleaning Schedule & Cleaning Skills

Chapter 3: The Branch

  • MORNING BELLS OR WAKING THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE ONES by Frances Ridley Havergal.
    Second Day: Our Great Example

Chapter 4: Cook

  • A LITTLE COOK-BOOK FOR A LITTLE GIRL by CAROLINE FRENCH BENTON (1905)
    Ways to Make Potatoes and Toasts

Chapter 5: All the Birds Beneath the Sky

  • MORNING BELLS OR WAKING THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE ONES by Frances Ridley Havergal.
    Third Day: Upholding

Chapter 6: Lentils and Peas

  • MOTHER NATURE’S TOY SHOP by Lina Beard and Adelia B. Beard (1918)
    Green Pea Toys and Green Pea Designs

Chapter 7: Silk and Silver Slippers

  • MORNING BELLS OR WAKING THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE ONES by Frances Ridley Havergal.
    Fourth Day: What Can I Do?

Chapter 8 Light the Fires

  • THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY OF WORK AND PLAY: HOUSEKEEPING by ELIZABETH HALE GILMAN (1911)
    How to Make and Maintain Fires

Chapter 9: The Feast Continues

  • MORNING BELLS OR WAKING THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE ONES by Frances Ridley Havergal.
    The 5th Day: Instruments

Chapter 10: The Golden Slippers

  • MORNING BELLS OR WAKING THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE ONES by Frances Ridley Havergal.
    The 6th Day: Willing and Glad

Chapter 11: The Wedding

  • MORNING BELLS OR WAKING THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE ONES by Frances Ridley Havergal.
    The 7th Day: Faithfulness

Snowdrop (Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs)

Snowdrop (Snow White)

Chapter 1: Snowdrop

Chapter 2: The Seven Dwarfs

Chapter 3: Cook

  • COOKERY FOR LITTLE GIRLS by OLIVE HYDE FOSTER (1910)
    Good Things for Breakfast

Chapter 4: Laces

Chapter 5: Make the Beds

  • THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY OF WORK AND PLAY: HOUSEKEEPING BY ELIZABETH HALE GILMAN (1911)
    Making Beds and Other Upstairs Work

Chapter 6: The Comb

Chapter 7: Do the Washing

  • THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY OF WORK AND PLAY: HOUSEKEEPING BY ELIZABETH HALE GILMAN (1911)
    Doing the Laundry

Chapter 8 The Apple

Chapter 9 Sew: Making an Apron

  • THE HOME-MAKING SERIES: CLOTHING AND HEALTH AN ELEMENTARY TEXTBOOK OF HOME MAKING by HELEN KINNE and ANNA M. COOLEY, B.S.(1920)
    How to Sew an Apron

Chapter 10: The Prince

Beauty & the Beast (NEW!)

Chapter 1: The Merchant & His Family

Chapter 2: How to Budget & Keep Accounts

  • A LITTLE HOUSEKEEPING BOOK FOR A LITTLE GIRL Or, MARGARET'S SATURDAY MORNINGS BY CAROLINE FRENCH BENTON (1906)
    How to Grocery Shop How to Keep Household Accounts
  • THE LIBRARY OF WORK AND PLAY HOUSEKEEPING BY ELIZABETH HALE GILMAN (1911)
    How to Budget and Keep Household Accounts

Chapter 3: The Beast

Chapter 4: How to be a Good Guest

  • GOOPS AND HOW TO BE THEM BY GELETT BURGESS (1900)

Chapter 5: How to Survive in Bad Weather

  • HOW TO CAMP OUT BY JOHN M. GOULD (1877)
    How to Keep Warm
  • CAMPING FOR BOYS BY H. W. GIBSON (1913)
    How to Forecast the Weather
  • WOODCRAFT BY E. H. KREPS (1919)
    How to Navigate in Bad Weather

Chapter 6: The Agreement

Chapter 7: How to Grow Roses

  • THE CHILDREN’S BOOK OF GARDENING BY MRS. ALFRED SIDGWICK AND MRS. PAYNTER (1909)

Chapter 8: The Dream

Chapter 9: How to Make Lovely Things out of Roses

    • DESSERTS AND SALADS BY GESINE LEMCKE (1920)
      Wild Rose Cake Recipe
      Rose Glaze
    • CHOCOLATE AND COCOA RECIPES BY MISS PARLOA AND HOME MADE CANDY RECIPES BY MRS. JANET MCKENZIE HILL (1780) Rose Chocolate Creams
    • THE STILL-ROOM BY MRS. CHARLES ROUNDELL AND HARRY ROBERTS
      Scent Bags/Sachets
    • A BOOK OF FRUITS & FLOWERS SHEWING THE NATURE AND USE OF THEM FOR MEAT OR MEDICINE (1653)
      How to Preserve and Candy Roses
 

Queen Bee

Chapter 1: The Younger Brother

  • WORK FOR WOMEN by GEORGE J. MANSON
    Quote From the Book

Chapter 2: Bee Behavior

  • BEES by E. F. PHILLIPS, Ph. D. (1911) U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. FARMERS' BULLETIN 447
    Bee Behavior

Chapter 3: The Castle

  • THE BEE-KEEPER’S MANUAL by HENRY TAYLOR
    Caring for Bees

Chapter 4: A Brief History of Bees

  • MYSTERIES OF BEE-KEEPING EXPLAINED by M. QUINBY (1853)
    History of Bees

Chapter 5: The Queen Bee

  • THE BEE-KEEPER’S MANUAL by HENRY TAYLOR
    Robber Bees

Chapter 6: My Experience With Bees

  • MAKING HOME PROFITABLE by KATE V. SAINT-MAUR (1912)
    The Author Shares her Experience Working with Bees

Chapter 7: The Production of Honey & Wax

  • BEES by E. F. PHILLIPS, Ph. D. (1911) U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. FARMERS' BULLETIN 447

Chapter 8: Construction of the Beehive

  • A MANUAL: OR AN EASY METHOD OF MANAGING BEES BY JOHN M. WEEKS (1837)
    How to Make a Hive for Bees

Chapter 9: On Feeding Bees

  • A MANUAL: OR AN EASY METHOD OF MANAGING BEES BY JOHN M. WEEKS (1837)
    How to Feed and Winter your Bees

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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!


What Parents Are Saying

Parents everywhere love using our books to teach their kids life skills, and enjoy classic literature together!


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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