Pollyanna Annotated to Teach Kids Old Fashioned LIFE SKILLS

Our Pollyanna series is the classic book split into four parts and FILLED fun DIYs that teach kids life skills like Pollyanna learned such as...

🧺Housekeeping & Homemaking
🍰How to Make Fudge & Cake
🧵How to Make Dolls
🪡How to Sew by Hand
🫙How to Make Calf’s Foot Jelly
🧶How to Crochet
🏥How to do Basic First Aid
🧶How to Knit
and more!

(View full 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 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!

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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: Pollyanna & the Little Attic Room

Pollyanna & the Little Attic Room

Chapter One
Miss Polly (Story Chapter)

Chapter Two
How to Wash Dishes & Shine Silver
- The Children's Library of Work & Play: Housekeeping, by Elizabeth Hale Gilman, (1911).
The Preparation
The Process
Silver Cleaning

Chapter Three
Old Tom & Nancy (Story Chapter)

Chapter Four
How to Start a Flower Garden: Your First Steps
- Gardening for Little Girls, by Olive Hyde Foster, (1917).
Big Words for Common Things
Plant Needs
The Seed Nursery
Rules for Indoor Planting
Familiar Annuals
Easily Grown Perennials
Hardy Flowers all Summer

Chapter Five
The Coming of Pollyanna (Story Chapter)

Chapter Six
The Little Attic Room (Story Chapter)

Chapter Seven
How to Set Up & Care for a Bedroom
- The Children's Library of Work & Play: Housekeeping, by Elizabeth Hale Gilman, (1911).
The Sequence
Bed Making
Home Furnishing, Decoration & Care
An Imaginary Home

Chapter Eight
The Game (Story Chapter)
How to Prepare & Enjoy Bread & Milk
-The Laurel Health Cookery, by Evora Bucknum Perkins, (1911).
Benefits of Milk
- Public School Domestic Science, by Mrs. J. Hoodless, (1898).
Bread and Milk Before Bed
- What to Eat; How to Serve It, by Christine Terhune Herrick, (1898).

Chapter Nine
How to Make Dolls & Doll Things
- Home Occupations for Boys & Girls, by Bertha Johnston, (1908).
A Few Dolls
Clay-Pipe Doll
Clothespin Doll
Wishbone Doll
Peanut Doll
Yarn Doll
Cork Doll
Paper Doll
Rag Doll
How to Make Doll Houses
1. Cigar-Box House
2. Pasteboard-Box House
3. Soap-Box House
Doll Furniture
Pictures & Clocks
Doll’s Bedstead
Grocery Store
Merry-Go-Round for Dolls
Dolls’ Park
Rugs for Doll-House

Book 2: Pollyanna & the Question of Duty

Pollyanna & the Question of Duty

  • Chapter One

  • A Question of Duty (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Two

  • How to Make Fig Cake & Fudge

    The Cake & Biscuit Book, by Elizabeth Douglas, (1903).
    A Little Candy Book for a Little Girl, by Amy L. Waterman, (1918).
  • Californian Fig Cake
    How to Make Fudge
    Cocoanut Fudge
    Chocolate Fudge
    Chocolate Fudge with Molasses
    Chocolate Fudge with Brown Sugar
    Fudge with Cocoa
    Fudge with Coffee
    Chocolate Walnut Fudge
    Chocolate Pecan Fudge
    Chocolate Almond Fudge
    Chocolate Peanut Fudge
    Chocolate Raisin Fudge
    Chocolate Fig Fudge
    Chocolate Date Fudge
    Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge
    Chocolate Molasses Walnut Fudge
    Chocolate Molasses Pecan Fudge
    Chocolate Molasses Almond Fudge
    Chocolate Molasses Peanut Fudge
    Chocolate Molasses Raisin Fudge
    Chocolate Molasses Fig Fudge
    Chocolate Molasses Date Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Walnut Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Pecan Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Almond Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Peanut Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Fig Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Date Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Raisin Fudge
    Chocolate Brown Sugar Marshmallow Fudge
    Cocoa Walnut Fudge
    Cocoa Pecan Fudge
    Cocoa Almond Fudge
    Cocoa Peanut Fudge
    Cocoa Fig Fudge
    Cocoa Date Fudge
    Cocoa Raisin Fudge
    Cocoa Marshmallow Fudge
    Coffee Walnut Fudge
    Coffee Pecan Fudge
    Coffee Almond Fudge
    Coffee Peanut Fudge
    Coffee Raisin Fudg
    Coffee Fig Fudge
    Coffee Date Fudge
    Coffee Marshmallow Fudge
    Sour Milk Fudge
    Brown Sugar Nougat or Pinoche
    Vassar Divinity Fudge
  • Chapter Three

    Pollyanna & Punishments (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Four

    How to Sew by Hand
    Handicraft for Girls, by Idabelle McGlauflin, (1910).
  • Basting
    Blind Stitch
    Combination Stitch
    Stocking Darning
    Cloth Darning
    Half-Back Stitch
    Slip Stitch.—See Blind Stitch
  • Chapter Five

    Pollyanna Pays a Visit (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Six

    How to Make Calf’s Foot Jelly
  • The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia M. Child, (1832).
  • Miss Beecher’s Housekeeper & Healthkeeper, (1873).
  • The New Cookery Books III The Pudding & Pastry Book, by Elizabeth Douglas, The New Cookery Books.
  • Calf’s Foot Jelly 1
    Calf’s-Foot Jelly 2

Book 3: Pollyanna & the Boy

Pollyanna & the Boy

  • Chapter One
    Introducing Jimmy (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Two
    How to Bear Another’s Burdens
  • Morning Bells: or Waking Thoughts for Little Ones, by Frances Ridley Havergal.
  • Chapter Three
    Before the Ladies Aid (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Four
    How God Will Fight for You
  • Morning Bells: or Waking Thoughts for Little Ones, by Frances Ridley Havergal
  • Chapter Five
    In Pendleton Woods (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Six
    How to do First Aid for a Broken Leg
    The Mary Frances First Aid Book, by Jane Eayre, (1912).
  • Preface
    At the Dolls’ Hospital
    First-Aid Treatment for Broken Leg
    Broken Bones or Fractures
    There are Two kinds of Fractures
    Treat for “Shock.”
  • Chapter Seven
    Just a Matter of Jelly (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Eight
    Dr. Chilton (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Nine
    A Red Rose & a Lace Shawl (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Ten
    How to Care for Your Hair & Crochet a Shawl for a Doll

  • Care of your hair
    It’s Fun to Sew a Cotton School Dress, Prepared by Theta Johson
    Brush & Comb

  • How to Crochet
    The Mary Frances Knitting & Crocheting Book, by Jane Eayre Fryer, (1918).
    To Make a Chain Stitch
    Doll’s Crocheted Necklace
    To Make Single Crochet
    To Make Double Crochet
    How to Crochet a Doll’s Shawl
  • Chapter Eleven
    Just Like a Book (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Twelve
    Prisms (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Thirteen
    How to Use Light to Help the Sick
  • Notes on Nursing: What it Is & What it Is Not, by Florence Nightingale, (1859).
    Light is Essential to Both Health & Recovery
    Aspect, View & Sunlight Matters of First Importance to the Sick
    Without Sunlight, we Degenerate Body & Mind
    Almost All Patients Lie with their Faces to the Light

  • Chapter Fourteen
    Which is Somewhat Suprising (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Fifteen
    Which is More Surprising (Story Chapter)

Book 4: Pollyanna & the Automobile  

Pollyanna & the Automobile

  • Chapter One
    A Question Answered (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Two
    How to Make a House a Home
  • The Library of Work & Play: Housekeeping, by Elizabeth Hale Gilman, (1911).
  • Chapter Three
    Sermons & Woodboxes (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Four
    How to be Willing & Glad
  • Morning Bells: or Waking Thoughts for Little Ones, by Frances Ridley Havergal.
  • Chapter Five
    An Accident (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Six
    How Automobiles Work
  • Putnam’s Automobile Handbook, by H. Clifford Brokaw & Charles A. Starr, (1918).
  • Chapter Seven
    John Pendleton (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Eight
    A Waiting Game (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Nine
    A Door Ajar (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Ten
    Two Visits (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Eleven
    The Game & Its Players (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Twelve
    Through an Open Window (Story Chapter)
  • Chapter Thirteen
    How to Knit
  • The Mary Frances Knitting And Crocheting Book, by Jane Eayre Fyer, (1918).
  • To Knit Plain
    To Slip a Stitch
    How to Bind Off
    How to Cast on Stitches with Knitting Needles
    The Continental Method of Knitting
    To Cast Off Stitches
    To Increase or Add a Stitch in Knitting
    To Decrease Stitches in Knitting
    How to Make a Doll’s Knitted Shawl
    How to Make a Doll’s Knitted Hood

  • Chapter Fourteen
    Jimmy Takes the Helm (Story Chapter)

  • Chapter Fifteen
    A New Uncle (Story Chapter)

  • Chapter Sixteen
    Which is a Letter from Pollyanna (Story Chapter)

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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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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.


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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