How to Homeschool with American Girl
Girls love American Girl, from the books, movies and the dolls they have won over our kid’s hearts! They are good wholesome products and now they are working their way into our homeschool life too!
They made a GREAT addition to homeschooling! Any of the American Girl Books are great for learning. They take you back to a time period, and let you experience it via those girls’ eyes. Watching the movie adds in a visual aspect and can offer a great compare and contrast with the book vs movie.
Many of the girls have additional books such as cook books, crafts and more, these make a great edition.
Make it an American Girl lesson plan.
Start by introducing the character and her era. Then jump in and start reading the books. Each day you can do a history lesson based on chapters read, touch more on events mentioned. You can encompass social studies by talking about how things are different, how did they cook, how did they travel etc.
Once you read the books, watch the movies and do a compare and contrast. The traditional book report is a great way to see how much they learned. Encompass the food, crafts and anything else you might have talked about.
American Girl Homeschool Resources
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Here are American Girl books, unit studies, accompanying books, homeschool field trip ideas and more.
Addy – She is set in the Civil War era. Great for teaching the civil war.
Addy’s books come with a Teachers guide to help teach the civil war, which make it very easy to make this a unit lesson!
Pair this unit with the books If You Lived in the Time of the Civil War and If You Lived in the Time of the Underground Railroad. You can end this with a field trip to a civil war museum if there is one in your area.
Felicity – This series is set back in the 1700s and a great flash to the past.
Homeschool share has a FREE Lapbook to go with the Felicity Character.
Pair this one with If You Lived in the Time of Colonial Williamsburg for a great back story on how life was lived. If you live close enough take a trip to Colonial Williamsburg for the ultimate emersion experience. Here’s information on upcoming Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days!
Kaya – Her books are set in 1764 but she is a Native American so a very different view then Felicity.
Welcome to Kayla’s World has tons of info about her, her time period, traditions and more.
Rebecca – This set takes place in the early 1900 on NYC. She is an immigrant and would make a great lesson on immigration.
Kirsten – Here is a FREE American Girl Kirsten Pioneer Unit Study!
Samantha – takes place along the same time period as Rebecca and while this DVD is Christmas themed it has a great look at how children in Factories worked back then.
Other books from American Girl include The Care and Keeping of You books, and Smart Girls Guide.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the resources out there to homeschool with American Girl. Just search Pinterest you can get lost for days! You can completely customize these homeschool units to your child and how much or little you want to dive into subjects.
More American Girl Unit Studies and Resources
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