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Little Women Activities for Learning

Little Women Activities for Learning

You guys.  I love this book.

I mean, come on.  Strong female characters.  Girls who chase their dreams.  A beautiful family life.  And Christmas.  Sweet Christmas.  This is another one I like to read during the holidays and have read many times.  Because limes.

Okay, that’s not why, but I do love the limes scene.  I love all the scenes.  In fact, it’s hot and this book makes me think of winter, so I might start reading it tomorrow.

Limes, y’all.

Activities for further learning with Little Women

This one has been around a long time and I’ve read it many times and that combination means I have lots of great ideas to help your littles connect even more with the story of Jo and her sisters.  You’ll be sick of me in a minute.  But I’ll still be here, giving you ideas for making lit fun in your homeschool.  Just come back after you’ve heaved.

Diary entries

There are so many ways your little can explore their own feelings about this book through diary entries (and, of course, a printable for it in the free download at the end of the post).  Here are some:

  • How they feel when they want something they can’t afford to buy
  • What they would do if they had a Christmas or other holiday season without presents
  • How they would feel if they heard their friends saying negative things about them
  • What they want to do when they grow up and what they would do if they were told they could not do it
  • How grateful they would be for the feast Mr. Laurence sent to the Marches on Christmas night
  • What it would be like to be themselves all the time and not to behave as others expected
  • Conversely, what it would be like to never be able to be themselves and only do what was expected of them
  • How they would feel if they proposed to someone and were turned down
  • Whether or not they would struggle against anything to achieve their goals or give in to obstacles and choose other goals
  • How they would feel if they lost a sibling or dear friend

Research

This book gives your littles a chance to learn about a completely different century from the previous two in this series.  Here are just a few topics they could cover:

  • The American Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Shakespeare
  • Greek myths
  • The language of flowers (there’s a printable for this in the freebie)
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Transcendentalism
  • Feminine roles in the 19th century
  • Paris

Write a letter

Again, there’s a page for this included in the free printables.  Writing these letters can help place your littles more solidly in the March’s world, where letter writing was commonplace.  Try one or more of these:

  • Letter to Marmee from Jo thanking her for all her guidance
  • Letter from one of the March sisters to Laurie to place in the mailbox
  • Letter from Jo to Laurie further explaining why she turned down his proposal
  • Letter from Jo to Aunt March  berating her for taking Amy to Paris instead of Jo
  • Letter from Mrs. March to the teacher about his punishment of Amy for the limes
  • Letter from Mr. Brooke to Meg proclaiming his love for her
  • Letter from Jo to Professor Bhaer asking him to come for her
  • Letter from one of the Marches to Mr. Laurence thanking him for his kindness
  • Letter from Laurie to Mr. Laurence explaining why he doesn’t want to go into business
  • Letter from Beth to Mr. Laurence thanking him for the piano
  • Letter from the March girls to their father begging him to come home

Essays

  • Why it’s more important to be a good person than to have fine things
  • Why it’s wrong to destroy someone else’s property in anger
  • Gender stereotypes-what they were like in the 19th century and what they’re like now
  • What it would be like to visit Paris with a rich relative
  • Why it was good for the March girls to take their breakfast to the Hummels
  • Taking care of elderly relatives and why it’s important even when it’s not fun
  • What to do when a family member becomes seriously ill

Crafts and other Art

  • Draw Orchard House
  • Make a cardboard mailbox and trade letters and treats with your family
  • Write a play with your family and act it out
  • Make Christmas cards (hey, it will free up some of your time in December)
  • Draw or arrange a bouquet of flowers to send a message to someone in the language of flowers

Food

Just eat some limes, okay?  Or even pickled limes.  For me?  Trade them out to your friends.  You’ll be cool.

Make Apple Slump (I totally have to give you a recipe for this.  Because yum.)

What you need:

  • 3 cups sliced tart apples
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp each: nutmeg, cinnamon, salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

What you do:

  • Preheat to 350 F
  • Grease a 1.5 quart baking dish
  • Place apple slices, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp salt in dish
  • Bake apple about 20 minutes, until soft
  • While the apple are baking, sift together flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and sugar
  • Add beaten egg, milk, and melted butter, stirring gentle
  • Spread mixture over apples and bake another 25 minutes until brown and crusty

Don’t skip the sifting.  It’s a lost art, but it truly does make a difference in any crust or biscuit.  Plus, it’s pretty fun.

Miscellaneous

  • If you live in the northeastern U.S., visit Orchard House.
  • Make a family newspaper (template in printable)
  • Read Little Men, Jo’s Boys, or Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Learn to waltz
  • Make up your own pseudonym
  • Have a tea party
  • Read The Pickwick Papers.  Because Dickens

Don’t forget to pick up your subscriber freebie to go with this delightful book.

Little Women Printables

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KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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18 Comments

  1. Ah! I love this book! So many great ideas here. Thank you for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link-up Party this week.
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  2. Best. intro. ever. “Cause limes, y’all!” Thanks for that laugh. I needed it after this day! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina
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  3. I can’t wait until the kiddos are old enough for a Little Women-themed unit. Pinning!

  4. So many great homeschool ideas for many ages out of this book. I read Little Women when I was young and indeed it is a classic with strong women. Thanks for linking to Talk It Up Thursday!

  5. My daughter just finished Little House on the Prairie and the Anne of Green Gables series. I was wondering if I should suggest Little Women next and then I saw your post! Love it! Pinning for our homeschool activities.

  6. Apple Slump! That sounds yummy!

    I was actually named after Amy in Little Women, but I really love Jo the most! 🙂
    Amy recently posted…Helping kids become EntreprenuersMy Profile

  7. Oh wow! These are some fabulous learning ideas. I’m pinning this to my Deliberate Homeschooling board.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo
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  8. I’m planning on introducing my own daughter (and son) to this wonderful family soon. Thanks for sharing the great teaching tips!
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  9. I love this book! I read it a few times as a child and teenager. One of my favourites. You activities look great. Can’t wait to do them with my kids.

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