Guest Author - Alissa Moy
American Girl Felicity is an old fashioned little lady. Studying Colonial life with Felicity can be a memorable experience. Here are some ideas to incorporate Felicity into your Colonial curriculum...
Begin your study by reading "If You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial Days" by Barbara Brenner. Discuss what your homeschooler thinks life would have been like in the 1700's. Some questions to ponder are~
What would your house look like?
What games and sports would you play?
Would you go to school?
What would you eat?
What happened when you were sick or hurt?
Complete a Venn Diagram comparing your life today to the lives of children during Colonial times, like Felicity.
Discuss the definition of a colony, explaining the original 13 colonies and how there initially were no "states". Read and discuss the book "The Declaration of Independence: How 13 Colonies Became the United States" by Syl Sobel. If your child collects state quarters you might want to invest in the
U.S. State Quarters Colonial Coin Map - 13 Original American Colonies [First 13 States]. This unique coin map has factual information and timeless coins.
Visit the "Colonial Kids" website for a virtual tour of life in the colonies.
Be sure to play "Felicity's Colonial Adventure" on the American Girls site also.
Read and enjoy a variety of American Girl Felicity books, including a cookbook. Here is a recipe similar to "Felicity's Breakfast Puffs":
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
*Top with apple butter and Jam
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a muffin tin using butter or PAM spray.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Melt the butter. Mix the eggs & add milk. Stir flour and salt together in medium bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Lastly, add the melted butter until the batter is nice and smooth.
Spoon batter into cups until each is about 2/3 full. Bake the puffs at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven when they are golden brown. Serve with apple butter, jam or honey if desired.
*Remember to ask an adult to help you when using the oven!
Books to read range from "Felicity an American Girl" to "Felicity's Craft Book". There is a paperback and doll offered at Amazon as well. The dvd movie for Felicity is available, too. The dvd makes a nice culminating fun activity after the book is read. Here's to an old fashioned holiday!