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Big Sis started doing American History using the American Girl books. We will do a more in depth look at American History next year with Easy Peasy, but this is a nice introduction and it’s keeping her attention.

We have started with Kaya, a Nez Perce girl who lived in 1764. I printed out some of the pieces of the Kaya lapbook from Homeschool Share for Big Sis to complete as we work through the books.

Here is what I like about the Kaya books:

– connection with a little girl who grew up in 1764

– an engaging and exciting story line

– a section in the back of each book that explains what life was like for the Nez Perce in 1764

– a glimpse into life today for the Nez Perce

Here’s what I am not a fan of:

– these books are secular and therefore embracing of other beliefs

– the books accurately describe the religious beliefs of the Nez Perce, but not from a Christian worldview

We have spent quite a bit of time talking about the beliefs of the Nez Perce in light of the Bible and what God’s word has to say about false gods and worshipping idols.

We’ve only picked three of the books from the series to read: Meet Kaya, Kaya and Lone Dog and Kaya shows the Way. These are the books Big Sis picked to read. We just don’t have time to read all of the books if we want to get to the other girls! We might go back and do the others at another time.

After we read, we look at the Life in 1764 section and talk about what life must have been like. We talk about similarities and differences. Big sis then completes a lapbook piece. I am not having her do individual lapbooks for each American Girl, but doing select pieces that will go into a big notebook.

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I picked up this sticker pad to use throughout the study:

We will be using the stickers in different ways for each girl, I’m sure. I printed out a map of America so we can see where each girl lived. We will use the stickers to mark each on on the map:

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In addition to reading the books and learning geography and history, I printed out THIS HORSE LAPBOOK for Big Sis to complete. Horses were very important to the Nez Perce people.

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We also picked up this craft kit:

Big Sis enjoyed designing and assembling the bracelets. Three bracelets are included with plenty of buttons and accents. Big Sis is seven and did need a little help getting started and tying it off at the end. In the books, we see Kaya involved in weaving projects.

We’ve enjoyed learning about Kaya and the Nez Perce people. We will be moving over to the East Coast and learning about Felicity and Colonial America next!

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American History with American Girl- Kaya

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