Monday, February 3, 2014

American Girl Unit Studies: Kaya

American Girl Historical Characters have been a part of my life for over twenty years. I can remember reading their stories as a child and getting Samantha for my 9th birthday. I was thrilled when Bean took to them as well. Now that our CCM history sentences are covering American history over the next year and a half, we are incorporating 9 of the AG Historical Characters into our studies. Allow me to present our...

Kaya Unit Study
Fiction Books

Six Book Boxed Set
The Silent Stranger
Short Stories Collection

*Coming in August 2014: Beforever Journey Series
Non-Fiction Books
To supplement our fiction stories we also read...

Welcome to Kaya's World
The Nez Perce: A First Americans Book
The Nez Perce

We used mini books from Homeschool Share's free download and Currclick's $5.00 download to create a Kaya lapbook. I'm not sure if I'll buy the $5.00 one for each girl, but for now time is short and having everything prepackaged is worth the $5.00!

Bean's desire to do make AG lapbooks is how this whole project got started. Oh, and American Girl sticker embellishments are a must! (You can get the stickers at Michael's with a 40% off coupon.)

Timeline and Map
I put together a map and timeline poster for us to keep track of the time and location of each girl using the same American Girl stickers that we used in the lapbook.

Salmon was a staple in the Nez Perce diet. For dinner one night I made Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon. Authentic, no. Did my kids try it, yes. But that was the extent of their salmon adventures.

The Nez Perce often ate root vegetables. The only way I could get my kids to do the same was to buy them in the form of chips. Authentic, no, but it's better than trying to pretend like fry bread is authentically Indian.


Bean did this craft mostly on her own, although it was a bit of a challenge to keep all the strings straight. She's proud of her work and that's what crafts are for!

Online Games
A clear favorite in our unit study were online Kaya games at

We are now gearing up for Colonial Times with Felicity!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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