Enjoy a Farmhouse Holiday filled with Old Fashioned Stories & LIFE SKILLS

Give your little ones the gift of classic stories and old fashioned life skills this Holiday season!

Read and learn as a family with this lovely Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday storybooks. Enjoy a selection of precious stories from the 1800s-early 1900s that bring the spirit of these beloved holidays to life.

Learn together...

🦃How to Make Winter Bird Shelters
🦃How to Make Corn-husk Dolls
🦃Thanksgiving Day Supper Recipes from the 1800s-1900s
🎄How to Make Christmas Tree Decorations from the 1800s-1900s
🎄Christmas Games & Activities
🎄How to Make Sock Dolls
🎄How to Make Christmas Candy

and so much more! (See full syllabus below!)

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How do the books work?

1. The Classic Story

We start with classic vintage stories, unabridged, with beautiful morals and lessons for little ones to enjoy.

2. The Life Skills

Every other story chapter, we insert a skills chapter that matches what the character is doing.

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

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Book 1: Thanksgiving: Stories & Lessons for Little Ones

Thanksgiving: Stories & Lessons for Little Ones

Read and learn as a family with this lovely Thanksgiving holiday storybook. Enjoy a selection of precious thanksgiving stories from the late 1800s-early 1900s that bring the spirit of the beloved American holiday to life.

In this book your family will learn:

🦃Thanksgiving stories & fables

🦃How to Make Mince Meat Pie

🦃How to Make Winter Bird Shelters

🦃How to Make Corn-husk Dolls

🦃How to Raise Turkeys

🦃Thanksgiving Day Supper Recipes

🦃How to Make Handkerchief Dolls

This book is annotated with excerpts from:

  • The Youth’s Companion, November 26, 1908
  • Cookery for Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster (1910)
  • Lady Hollyhock and Her Friends: A Book of Nature Dolls and Others by Margaret Coulson Walker (1906)
  • The Children’s Book of Thanksgiving Stories edited by Asa Don Dickinson (1915)
  • Harper’s Outdoor Book for Boys by Joseph H. Adams (1907))
  • The American Girls Handy Book by Lina Beard and Adelia B. Beard (1893)
  • Margaret Mahaney Talks About Turkey by Margaret Mahaney (1913)
  • Cookery For Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster (1910)
  • Fun of Cooking a Story for Boys and Girls by Caroline French Benton (1914)
  • Games for Everybody by May C. Hofmann (1905)

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Thanksgiving: Stories & Lessons for Little Ones

Book 2: Christmas: Stories & Lessons for Little Ones

Christmas: Stories & Lessons for Little Ones

Read and learn as a family with this lovely Christmas holiday storybook. Enjoy a selection of precious Christmas stories from the 1800s-early 1900s that bring the spirit of the beloved holiday to life. Learn together how to make sock dolls & soldier dolls, old-fashioned DIY Christmas tree décor, Christmas recipes, games, and more!

In this book your family will learn:

🎄How to Bake Christmas Cakes

🎄How to Make Christmas Dolls

🎄How to Make Christmas Tree Decorations

🎄Christmas Games & Activities

🎄How to Make a Soldier Sock Doll

🎄How to Make Christmas Candy

This book is annotated with excerpts from:

  • •More Mother Stories by Maud Lindsay (1906)
  • •Cookery For Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster (1910)
  • •Little Folks’ Christmas Stories and Plays Edited by Ada M. Skinner (1915)
  • •How to Make Sock Toys by Edna Clapper (1958)
  • •Little Folks’ Handy Book by Lina Beard And Adelia B. Beard (191
  • •Games for Everybody by May C. Hofmann (1905)
  • •The Fun Of Cooking A Story For Boys And Girls by Caroline French Benton (1914)
  • •A Little Housekeeping Book For A Little Girl Or, Margaret’s Saturday Mornings by Caroline French Benton (1906) •Nutcracker And Mouse King by Edward Theodor William Hoffmann
  • •A Little Candy Book For A Little Girl by Amy L. Waterman (1918)

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Christmas: Stories & Lessons for Little Ones


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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

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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