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 unit study. 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. (It looks like the site is no longer available.)
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Girls of American History Josefina Unit Study
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
Weekly Plans and Schedule for the Josefina Unit 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!
Links for Further 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 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.
Free Sample of the Josefina Unit Study
You can download a sample of the Josefina study here (no longer available). There are 8 unit studies available from Girls of American History (Kaya, Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kit, and Molly). Buy them individually or purchase as a set!
Books we read for the Josefina Unit Study
Projects we did
Making tortillas and empanadas:
We made these Serapes:
Update–2 years later, my kids are still wearing them!
Clay vase and plate:
See a set here:
Field Trip to Bents Old Fort
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!
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.)