Addy’s Food Slaves were given a weekly ration of food which typically included a few pounds of corn meal and a few pounds of fatty pork, which wasn’t much for an entire week. Slaves who worked on plantations like Addy did were almost always hungry. Some slave masters were more generous and provided some additionalContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 2: Addy’s Food”
Addy’s story is part of one of the saddest chapters in American history. She grew up as a slave in North Carolina before and during the Civil War. While the atrocities and hardships of slavery are unimaginable to most of us, we can get a little insight into what life was like for African AmericanContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 1: Plantation Work”
This method for learning geography is so easy it’s almost effortless! Give it a try and see if it helps you cover the homeschool bases with a little more ease.
This collection of stories are excellent read-alouds for young and old. Most of them are true stories and give a lot of insight into the lives of slaves in America. Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter I love this story! Tells the legend of Peg Leg Joe who helped lead slaves to freedom alongContinue reading “16 Stellar Children’s Books About Slavery”
This is a list of living books that tell the stories of the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement. While these are picture books, they are stories that all ages can appreciate. Some of my very favorite children’s books are on this list because they tell such inspiring stories of courage and determination.Continue reading “14 Inspiring Children’s Books About the Civil Rights Movement”
An important part of the story of the pioneers is the story of the Native Americans that lived in the land before them. In this lesson we will learn about the Dakota natives that lived in the Minnesota Territory before Kirsten and her family arrived.
Life on a rancho in New Mexico was full of work! Josefina would have started her chores in the early morning and continued working until the evening time, doing things like washing clothes, fetching water, cooking, weaving, gardening, and sewing. Josefina’s family raised sheep, and she helped take care of them. She also helped inContinue reading “Learn About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 4: Work, Fashion, Trade, and the Sante Fe Trail”
New Mexican Food Like most parts of her culture, Josefina’s food combined traditions from the Spanish, Mexicans, and Native Americans. Families like Josefina’s who lived on ranchos (or farms) in northern New Mexico grew most of their own food. Their staple foods were corn, beans, and squash (including pumpkins), which they learned about from theContinue reading “Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 3: Cooking and Food in New Mexico”
Josefina was a girl in the Southwest Frontier in 1824. Josefina lived in New Mexico, which was part of Mexico at that time and included modern-day New Mexico and northwest Texas.
Most of us have experience playing with and using magnets. But did you know all materials are magnetic to some degree? What we actually call a magnet, however, is a material that has a strong enough magnetic force for humans to feel. But what exactly is that force? Where does it come from? If youContinue reading “Fun Hands-On Activities for Teaching Kids About Magnetism”