My sweet and smart friend, Brandy, created and taught this class last fall. Our co-op ran 12 weeks, so she chose four American Girl dolls and decided to focus on each one for three weeks.
Each week, the girls were encouraged to go home and read one book about the featured doll. During the tea parties, the girls would discuss the books they read. The girls also completed the Where in the World? map mini-books for each doll as part of their history weeks.
Week 1: History Week
Learn about the founding fathers. Were they founders or traitors?
Week 2: Craft Week
Make hornbooks (from plastic cutting boards at the Dollar Tree) and quill pens.
Week 3: Tea Party
Gingerbread cake, apple-butter, and tea.
Week 4: History Week
Santa Fe Trail and Pueblo Indians
Week 5: Craft Week
Make cornhusk dolls
Week 7: History Week
Jewish Emigrants and Immigrants?
Week 8: Craft Week
Week 9: Tea Party
Challah and pomegranates juice*
We were blessed to have a Russian Jew guest speaker come to our tea!
*The Jews believed that each seed in the pomegranate represented a law.
Week 10: History Week
The Great Depression
Week 11: Craft Week
(Recycled Project) Cereal Box Beads
Week 12: Tea Party
Poor Man's Cake and Kool-Aid