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W.I.L.D. Guide - d'Aulaire's Leif the Lucky



A Charlotte Mason-inspired book guide for grades K5-6  to follow as you read the book Leif the Lucky by Ingrid and Edgar d’Aulaire. 

This lovely book uses engaging text and beautiful illustrations to tell about the life of Leif the Lucky, Viking explorer son of Erik the Red, and their journey that took them to the continent of America.. The W.I.L.D guide provides lessons to dive deeper into the delightful book as we choose topics and ideas from the scheduled reading each day. You will learn about Viking art, animals in the Norse countries, longboats, similes, fjords, the Northern lights, fog, glaciers, and so much more!


Our guides cover topics in history, science, language arts, geography, fine arts, and more!

Each day you will read in Leif the Lucky as scheduled in the lesson and follow the lesson guide to learn more along with your student! The Student Pages offer a place to record what your students have learned on narration pages, or to explore further with experiments, activities, drawing options, and other engaging projects.


What's Included in this guide?

  • 17 short lessons that schedule the readings from Leif the Lucky by the d’Aulaires. Lessons can be scheduled to read each day over the course of about 3 and a half weeks, once a week to cover the time period of a typical semester, or twice a week to cover about 8 weeks 

  • Links in each lesson to learn more about the topics and ideas from that day’s reading

  • Printable Student Pages so your student can record what they learned, or to complete an experiment or other activity related to that specific lesson

  • Discover Geography links that allow you to learn more about the locations from the readings in George Washington

  • Printable maps for your student to label according to the directions in the lessons.

  • Narration pages for your student to record their observations from the reading.

  • Supply list for each  lesson so that you will know exactly what items to have on hand for any activities or experiments (these are all simple items, by the way!)

  • Copywork made up of passages from the book

What does W.I.L.D stand for?

  • WE- This guide is meant to provide time for you to be with your student…the times that we get to spend with our children learning and being curious together are absolutely priceless and such a valuable part of homeschooling! You will read a living book along with your student and enjoy the activities and investigations together.
  • INVESTIGATE- find out more about topics and ideas by asking questions, doing experiments or other fun activities included in our lessons and the printable Student Pages.
  • LEARN- Dive deeper into a topic or idea from the book George Washington using the links that we provide- no more searching the internet on your own since we have done all of the work for you!
  • DISCOVER- Locate and learn more about places mentioned in the reading by “journeying” there together using our Google Earth and Google Map links!

What will you need to follow this W.I.L.D. Guide?

  • The book Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (to be purchased separately; not included with this guide)
  • A computer or device to explore the links for the topics, ideas and maps
  • The Student Pages printed out for your student. The lesson pages do not have to be printed but some families may find it to be helpful as they plan each lesson.
  • Any basic supplies that are listed for activities in a lesson.
  • Some time together to explore the living books and activities in the guide!
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