For the last 6 weeks my daughters and I have been using a multisensory homeschool curriculum (a unit study) for the American Girl books. I asked my oldest daughter which one she’d like to do, and she chose to do the Josefina one. I’m glad I asked her because it would not have been in my top five choices and we ended up enjoying it immensely! Specifically, the downloadable unit study is called “Girls of American History Unit for Southwestern US/Josefina” and is sold by Girls of American History.
I was emailed a document that included all the resources for crafts and field trips as well as a suggested lesson plan. Additionally, I was granted access to the resources page of the website for Josefina. This website will continue to be updated with additional resources to assist us in our homeschooling experiences.
The document included lots of information such as
- books to read
- instructions and pictures for crafts
- ideas for art and lapbooks to do
- ideas of field trips
- how to have a Mexican Fiesta night to celebrate the end of the study.
One thing that was particularly helpful was the weekly plans and schedule. It tells you exactly what to read and do for each of the 6 weeks of the study!
On the website you’ll be given access to the resource page which is packed full of great links! There was so much more that we we didn’t have time for. I did choose some activities which required me to go out and purchase supplies for, but I could have just done some of the lapbook activities which would have been free.
You can download a sample of the Josefina study here. There are 8 unit studies available from Girls of American History (Kaya, Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kit, and Molly) which sell for $7.95 each. Or, you can purchase the entire set for only $45–this is an incredible deal considering how much you’ll get.
Here are a few of the books we read:
And now for some pictures of what we’ve done for our study!
Making tortillas and empanadas:
We made these Serapes: (Update–2 years later, my kids are still wearing them!)
Clay vase and plate:
Leather Stamping: (See a set here:)
One of the neatest things we did was visit Bents Old Fort in La Junta, CO. It was just like being in Josefina’s home!
Be sure to Like their Facebook Page and check out my Homeschooling- Josefina unit study Pinterest Board, too!
(Thank you to Justine of Girls of American History for providing me with a complimentary copy of the Josefina study so that I could write this honest review. Post contains affiliate links.)