When my girls were younger their favorite time period in history to study was the time of the pioneers. They liked to imagine they lived in the times of Little House on the Prairie.
Children are often fascinated about life during the pioneer days when things were so much more simple. Adding some fun free pioneer time period printables and unit studies to your American history lessons are a fun way to learn about this time period in history.
We have an Old Florida Museum here in town that has a homeschool day each year where the entire place comes alive with actors, hands-on activities and real working antiques. If you ever have an opportunity to attend something like that you have to check it out! It really opened their eyes to how difficult it must have been to grow up like that.
I think the pioneer time period is a great way to study history in a unit study, delight directed method. We have compiled some fun unit studies and printables to help get you started!
One of Carrie’s favorite resources (NOT FREE) to use when learning about early American history is the Time Travelers: Colonial Life. She HATES hands-on crafty stuff, but this resource made her feel like a super mom and her daughter loved it!
The first 2 projects below were her and her daughter’s favorites. They look super difficult, but they were not hard at all.
FREE Pioneer Time Period Printables:
Pioneer Life Worksheets, Vocabulary, Word Searches, Coloring pages and more
Pioneer Schools A Letter from a Student
Montessori Inspired Pioneer Printables and Activities
Make a Covered Wagon Worksheet
Pioneer Dress Up Doll Printables
American Pioneer Notebooking Unit and Activity for Middle Schoolers
Pioneer Printable Pack – over 90 pages!
Sarah, Plain and Tall is one of our favorite books for this time period. Here are some printables and unit studies to do a literature unit on this beloved classic:
Unit Study and Lesson Plans
Literature Study with Lots of Printables
Powerpoint Slides with Pictures and Vocabulary
Historical Facts Graphic Organizer
Pioneer Time Unit Studies:
Pioneer Hardship Cause and Effect Lesson Plan
Pioneers Leaving Home Lesson Plan
Wonderopolis: What is a Chuckwagon? Online Lesson
Pioneer and Frontier Life Lesson Plans for Teachers
Pioneer Life with Laura Unit Study
Here are some great topics to go along with a Pioneer Theme with even more printables, unit studies and activities:
The Oregon Trail FREE Unit Studies and Resources
FREE Little House on the Prairie Printables and Ideas
Great books to go with the pioneer time period:
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
Pioneer Cat (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon
DK Readers L2: Journey of a Pioneer
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!