This series of books follows a young girl who has had a great loss. She learns a lot about herself, endurance, sacrifice, trust, keeping promises and joy. Expect to learn about life on the rancho and what it was like to trade with people on the wagon trains. Strong male characters include Josefina’s father, grandfather and a friend. A six week unit study using the American Girl® Josefina® series books. This unit works well for studying the early 19th century, the southwestern states, the Alamo, Pueblo Indians, the Mexican American War, and so much more. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period 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.
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 a clay pot, leather stamping, 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 learning some Spanish or making traditional cookies. This six week unit study using the American Girl® Josefina® 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 fiesta of your own!
There are two options for the required readers for this unit. American Girl orignally printed the Josefina 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 girl in New Mexico hanging on to old traditions and learning to make new ones.
This unit works well for studying the early 19th century, the southwestern states, the Alamo, Pueblo Indians, the Mexican American War, and so much more. The early 19th century really covers so much more than the southwestern states. Many inventions took place as well as the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Louisiana Purchase. 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; pottery, weaving, leather work, 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. 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.