This unit follows a young, well to do, girl as she discovers the world around her, the injustices that she tries to make right and a personal discovery. Strong male characters include her uncle and a neighbor. A six week unit study using the American Girl® Samantha® series books. This unit covers child labor, orphan trains, women’s suffrage, and 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 pillow or a paper weight, having discussions about the story, historical information, as well as positive character traits such as equality and compassion, 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 by visiting a museum or going ice skating. This six week unit study using the American Girl® Samantha® 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 progressive party of your own!
There are two options for the required readers for this unit. American Girl orignally printed the Samantha® 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 unit follows a young, well to do, girl as she discovers the world around her, the injustices that she tries to make right and a personal discovery. Strong male characters include her uncle and a neighbor.
This unit covers child labor, orphan trains, women’s suffrage, and more. Some things to consider including in this study would be the transcontinental railroad, the Gilded Age, the Industrial Revolution, inventions, innovators, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Susan B. Anthony, and more. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period are included in the unit to help enhance the study. Some examples of crafts include an appliqué pillow, bookmark 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.