Learning About Pioneer Life with American Girl Kirsten Part 2: Pioneer Food

Learn how to make Swedish pioneer food just like Kirsten would have eaten! Includes instructions on making butter!

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.