Learning About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) lived through a transformative time in American history. She lived during the administrations of 17 U.S. presidents, from Andrew Johnson to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Her uncles served in the military during the Civil War, and she lived through the Korean War. She traveled in a covered wagon as a child, flew on an airplane as an adult, and died the same year Sputnik began orbiting the earth.

Laura lived in many different little houses in many different places. She wrote about these homes and the memories she made in them in her Little House books. We have enjoyed visiting these real places and making memories with four generations of our family. When you study the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, you learn history, geography, music, and so much more! Enjoy these resources we have created and curated to guide you on your journey of discovery.

Video Field Trips

Watch a five-minute biography plus videos focusing on specific places that Laura and her family members lived.


Hands-On Activities

Enjoy free printables, games, crafts, recipes, and projects.


Unit Study

Listen to historic songs, see family trees, and learn what happened to the Ingalls and Wilder families after the Little House books.

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Field Trip Guide

Request a free copy of our our Laura's Little Houses field trip guide when you sign up for a free trial of Homeschool History.

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America the Beautiful

Laura Ingalls Wilder is subject of a biography lesson in our America the Beautiful curriculum, when students are learning about homesteading.

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Exploring World Geography

The places Laura lived also feature in a lesson in our Exploring World Geography curriculum​, as students learn about different biomes of North America.

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