Tuesday, December 8, 2009

An American Girl Christmas - Day #2

An American Girl Christmas
based on the books from Pleasant Company Publications.

This past week (Monday to Thursday), I taught a class called "An American Girl Christmas". The plan was to focus on a different American Girl each day. We learned a little about the time period, did writing activities, studied paintings from the time period, sang a couple of songs, and completed some handicrafts. The youngest girl in my class was 7 years old, while the oldest was 12.

Most of the activities that I used were from books published by Pleasant Company. I was able to find some at my local library and others were found at Amazon. At the bottom of this post I will put links for all of the books I used.

Here is a summary of today.

Tuesday - Josefina 1824

Copywork - "Christmas Eve was called "la Noche buena" - the good night. And this Christmas Eve felt like a very good night to Josefina. Nina was hers to love and care for at last."

Picture Study -Las Posadas 2000 by Carmen Lomas Garza

We discussed Las Posadas and what happens. This picture was especially nice because it is so colorful and is modern.
Decorated a hair comb with rinestone jewels. This idea came from Just Call Me Jammin. She has some great ideas of activities to do with the American Girls books.
Made a memory book as explained in the American Girls Club Handbook.
Music Study
We listened to the songs from Josefina's time from the American Girls Christmas CD.
Hot chocolate and cookies

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