Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 4: Clothing

Some of the early colonists were puritans and were known for their plain and somber style of dress. But not where Felicity lived! In the Virginia colony, people loved fashion! They imitated the latest styles in England and they liked to wear fancy and beautiful clothing, shoes, accessories, and wigs. The wealthier colonists imported muchContinue reading “Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 4: Clothing”

Learning About Pioneer Life with American Girl Kirsten Part 1: Immigrating to America

Learn about American Girl Kirsten’s journey to America as an immigrant from Sweden. Free lesson plan with fun hands-on activities!

Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 2: Colonial Food, Tea, and the Boston Tea Party

The colonists in Felicity’s day were proud of their hospitality. They welcomed family and friends in for tea, and strangers as well. The “middling” class and the gentry loved to throw fancy balls and galas, and they included lots of wonderful food. A festive meal would have several courses, sometimes with over 20 dishes inContinue reading “Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 2: Colonial Food, Tea, and the Boston Tea Party”

Learn About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 4: Work, Fashion, Trade, and the Sante Fe Trail

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”

Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 3: Cooking and Food in New Mexico

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”

Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina: Part1 – The Colonization of New Mexico and Dia de Los Muertos

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.

A Christ-Centered Family Easter Tradition

Have you ever noticed how Christmas is a really BIG holiday, but Easter, not so much? At least in the U.S.. I know other countries and cultures have some really cool Easter traditions that help them focus on Christ, but here it seems kind of neglected to me. Here is how we changed our focus.

Candy-Free Easter! Ideas for a Non-Food Easter Egg Hunt

In our family, we try to keep our celebration of Easter focused on Christ, but we still enjoy a good Easter egg hunt on Easter morning! When I was growing up, the Easter Bunny brought us those little foil-covered chocolate eggs, jelly beans, sometimes Peeps or chocolate bunnies, and maybe even a Cadbury egg. IContinue reading “Candy-Free Easter! Ideas for a Non-Food Easter Egg Hunt”

Chemistry for Kids: Hands-on Activities for Learning About the Chemical and Physical changes

Young chemists love to make things happen and what better way than through physical changes and chemical reactions! Let’s get started!