Explore the history of the Nez Perce through the eyes of Kaya®, as she gallops along the Pacific Northwest, fishes on the banks of the Columbia river and learns different lessons in life. Kaya® - A six week unit study using the American Girl® Kaya® series books. This study gives boys and girls a look into the Pacific Northwest and the Nez Perce Indians in 1764. Although this particular unit pertains to a time in our history that is prior to the exploration of the Pacific Northwest and an establishment of a real organized government, the study of the Pacific Northwest and the Nez Perce Indians is still a rich part of the history of North America. Suggestions to further the study of this time period as well as craft and field trip ideas are included in the unit to help enhance the study. All units now include spelling and vocabulary, State/Country study, Character analysis worksheets, then and now comparison worksheet, news article prep, book summary, chapter summary with drawing, and digging deeper project suggestions. This product is a downloadable PDF file. **This is for the Single Family Licence. For Teacher or Co-op/School Licensing - Please see other products.
Studying history as a family is, perhaps, the best way to learn. One of the most important parts of homeschooling is family relationship. Schooling multiple ages together with the continuity of the same subject matter for literature and history, as well as crafts and field trip experiences gives opportunities for family discussion and builds long lasting and cherished memories.
The experiences practiced in multisensory learning allow each family member to participate in ways that help them understand and retain best. Brothers and sisters learn together and help each other with projects such as making Native American accesories, playing a Native American spear game, having discussions about the story, historical information, as well as positive character traits such as bravery, selflessness, etc.
Multisensory learning is great for every kind of learner - because each learner gets to experience learning the way they are most comfortable - but they also have the opportunity to learn through other senses. Studies and research have shown that learning material through multiple senses helps children to retain information better.
Get the entire family involved while attending an authentic Pow Wow or going fishing. This six week unit study using the American Girl® Kaya® series books is also great for doing school with an additional family or two. Get together for weekly activities or field trips, while doing the rest of the study on your own with your family. Get together at the end of the unit for a backyard Pow Wow of your own!
There are two options for the required readers for this unit. American Girl orignally printed the Kaya stories in a six book set. These stories have been reformatted into a three book set called "Beforever". Either book set will work for this curriculum.
This series of books follows a young Nez Perce girl through trials and triumphs. She learns about herself, her family and what it means to be a friend. Strong male charcters include both relatives and friends that are present throughout the series.
Although this particular unit pertains to a time in our history that is prior to the exploration of the Pacific Northwest and an establishment of a real organized government, the study of the Pacific Northwest and the Nez Perce Indians is still a rich part of the history of North America. This study could lead into later in history with a study of Chief Joseph and his meeting of Lewis and Clark, although this didn’t happen until later into the 1800s. It could also be used at a starting point to an American Indian unit through the 1800s, including the Trail of Tears and many other important events and battles. This unit was a favorite with my boys. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period are included in the unit to help enhance the study. Some examples of *crafts include; teepee craft, canoe craft, drawings and more.
**Crafts are not included in the purchase of the curriculum, but resources and instruction as to what crafts to purchase are included. Some units do include free craft templates. Family license allows single family usage for the purchaser only. Copies are not permitted for use outside of the owner's immediate family. If you are a co-op or charter school purchasing for a single family - please make a note of the family's name and email address when ordering.