My nearly eight year old daughter, like many other girls her age, is desperately in love with American Girl dolls and books. We have been slowly working our way through the historical books and doing activities to accompany them. It’s been a blast, though it had gotten put on the back burner for a bit because of difficulties during my pregnancy and then the adjustment period that comes along with having a new baby. She’s been asking to get back into it and as I searched online for ideas, I discovered Girls of American History.
I immediately knew that this was something that my little girl would adore. This multi sensory curriculum, geared for students in 2nd-6th grade, utilizes the American Girl historical fiction series to create an interactive literature based unit. There are currently twelve units available, one for each of the current historical characters.
Every downloadable unit contains a suggested weekly schedule, a list of required books, a suggested supplemental reading list, field trip suggestions, craft ideas, and more. You will definitely need the original six books for the American Girl featured in your chosen unit, as these are the core of the curriculum, however the other books are optional. Following the “Read It, Hear It, See It, Write It, Do It” pattern of learning, your children will incorporate many methods to really absorb the information that is presented. While Girls of American History is not intended to be an all inclusive curriculum, suggestions for expanding the unit give you a giant springboard that you can use to create a well rounded unit study, covering areas such as geography, language arts, and character studies
After discussing it with my daughter, we chose to test out the Felicity unit. Focusing on the time frame of the Revolutionary War, this unit helps you to dive into the life of the young and spirited Felicity Merriman who resides in Colonial Williamsburg in the year 1774. With America being on the very cusp of independence, this period is rich with things to delve into and whet your educational appetite. Dive right in and explore!
|Reading about Virgina in our atlas|
Starting with the first book in the series, Meet Felicity, we followed the suggested schedule of reading one chapter per day. The unit suggests some free lapbooking resources to accompany the study, but I used this lapbook from Knowledge Box Central because I liked the layout and teaching helps that were included. I also have a lapbook to accompany one of the other books, Felicity’s Surprise, from a company named Gear for Learning that I cannot find online any longer. Other books that we utilized were Felicity’s Craft Book and Felicity’s Cookbook.
Historical fiction is one of my daughter’s favorite book genres, so this study was extremely suited to her. She loved reading the books, drawing pictures, talking about what life would have been like for a little girl in the 1700s, and creating things that Felicity could have also crafted.
The unit is designed to take six weeks, using one book per week. It is easily adjusted if your own family’s needs are different. We stretched it out slightly longer since it was not being used as our core curriculum and we wanted to take our time and thoroughly enjoy the activities. My daughter savored every bit of it and has already asked if we can do another unit soon.
When you purchase a unit or the entire set, you will gain access to the resource section of the Girls of American History website. Here you will find many links and suggestions that will help you to round out your study even further.
Overall, this is a wonderful option for any homeschooling girl who loves American Girl. It combines a beloved book series with real hands on learning.
|Whipping up some pumpkin pudding from the Felicity cookbook|
Justine Gamble, the author of these units, has rather generously offered to giveaway Units 1-8 of her series to one lucky reader!! That includes the units on Kaya, Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kit, and Molly. A little girl’s dream!
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