Addy’s Food Slaves were given a weekly ration of food which typically included a few pounds of corn meal and a few pounds of fatty pork, which wasn’t much for an entire week. Slaves who worked on plantations like Addy did were almost always hungry. Some slave masters were more generous and provided some additionalContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 2: Addy’s Food”
Addy’s story is part of one of the saddest chapters in American history. She grew up as a slave in North Carolina before and during the Civil War. While the atrocities and hardships of slavery are unimaginable to most of us, we can get a little insight into what life was like for African AmericanContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 1: Plantation Work”
An important part of the story of the pioneers is the story of the Native Americans that lived in the land before them. In this lesson we will learn about the Dakota natives that lived in the Minnesota Territory before Kirsten and her family arrived.
Learn about the way Native Americans got their food and how they cooked. Free lesson plan full of fun hands-on activities for learning about the Nimiipuu tribe!
Learn how to make Swedish pioneer food just like Kirsten would have eaten! Includes instructions on making butter!
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”
Learn about American Girl Kirsten’s journey to America as an immigrant from Sweden. Free lesson plan with fun hands-on activities!
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”
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”
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”