We are using the American Girl historical dolls to learn American history this year in our homeschool. We started with Kaya, a young Nez Perce Indian girl, and are now moving on to Felicity. Felicity Merriman is a nine-year-old girl living with her family in Williamsburg, Virginia right before the Revolutionary War. What better way to learn about colonial America than through the eyes of an American Girl?
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The spine of this study is Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774 and Meet Felicity. The remaining Felicity books will be covered in future weeks.
Week 1: Meet Felicity
Day 1 – Chapter 1: Merriman’s Store
ginger, apprentice, mending, sampler
Meet Felicity – ch 1
Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774 p 1-3 (Introduction, The New World)
History Pockets: Colonial America p 5 (Fast Facts) and 6 (About Colonial America).
- Why did Felicity go to her father’s store? What did she think about the store?
- What happened last week when Felicity left father’s store?
- Who did Felicity want to be helping? Where did she know she was needed instead? To do what?
- Who visited the store while Felicity was still there?
- Mrs. Fitchett said, “Well, well, Mr. Merriman. Your girl will find her patience when she goes looking for it, I’m sure.” What did she mean by this?
- What did Felicity love more than dancing?
- Why did Felicity hate Mr. Nye?
Put together the Settling the Colonies booklet (p 9-11) in the History Pockets book. Then do the map exercise on p. 12 or this free map exercise.
Science: Horse Care
Read the article here about how to care for a horse.
Here’s another short article about horses
Try creating your own embroidery sampler. Here’s a video to teach you how to stitch.
Here’s a couple more videos to teach you how to set up your fabric and embroidery supplies and then how to do some basic stitches. These are not just for kids.
Cook some ginger cakes like Felicity’s father likes: Ginger Cakes recipe
Day 2 – Chapter 2: Penny
script, stays, petticoats, breeches, milliner, tannery, thoroughbred,
Meet Felicity ch. 2
Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774 p. 6-7 (Welcome Little Stranger)
- Name some of the things that “a young lady must not do.” Do these rules still apply today?
- Why did Felicity want to go with Ben?
- What made the tannery smell so bad? What did Mr. Nye use it for?
- What was Mr. Nye doing when Ben and Felicity arrived?
- What did Felicity do that angered Mr. Nye? Why did she do it?
If you’d like to contrast how Mr. Nye treats Penny with how to be nice a horse, you can watch this video
Fill in the names of the colonies on this blank map. Use yesterday’s map as a guide.
Science: Horse Care
Here’s a nice website with lots of information about horse care. Spend some time learning about proper shelter for a horse. Make a notebook page that shows an appropriate shelter space for a horse and note the measurements. You can just draw a 2D diagram of a shelter.
Here’s a video about 2 roommates who sheltered their horses in their house during Hurricane Irma
Practice your script (cursive) writing. Here’s a guide to help you. For added fun, use an old fashioned pen with a bottle of ink. Just try not to make a mess like Felicity did.
Play cards or dominoes with your family like colonial children did. While you’re at it, try out another game from Welcome to Felicity’s World p 8-9
Play the 18th Century Paper Doll Game
Day 3 – Chapter 3: Jiggy Nye’s Threat
pewter, preserves, miffed, headstrong, willful
Meet Felicity ch 3
Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774 p 8-9 (Playtime)
- Felicity’s mother told her, “Haste makes waste.” What does this mean? Why does she say this to Felicity?
- Where did the children go after Mrs. Deare’s house? Did Nan want to go? Why?
- What did Felicity say to Nan to change her mind?
- What did they find when they got there?
- What happened to Mr. Nye?
- Who told Mother and Father where they had been?
- What did Felicity ask her father? What was his answer?
Felicity’s mother told Felicity she had to rip out the hem on her apron because she sewed it wrong. It was supposed to be “twenty stitches to the inch.” If the hem was 20 inches long, how many stitches would that be? What if the hem was 26 inches long? How about 14?
Do the 13 Colonies word search on p 14 of History Pockets: Colonial America
Review the location of all 13 colonies on your map from day 1.
Science: Horse Care
Visit this website again. This time do some research about the proper kind of diet for a horse. What do they need to eat? How much water do they drink? Is it OK for them to just eat grass? Where and when should you feed your horse? What kind of vitamins or supplements do they need? What’s a good snack for your horse?
Horse care video
Have some toast or biscuits with preserves, like what the children took to Mrs. Deare’s house.
Color this picture of a colonial woman sewing.
Day 4 – Chapter 4: Ben’s Promise and Chapter 5: Independence
shift, garters, cantered, bold-faced
Meet Felicity ch 4 & 5
Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774 p. 10-11 (At School)
- What did Felicity start doing in the mornings?
- The first morning , when Felicity came back, she had a problem? What was it? How did she solve it?
- What did Felicity always take to Penny?
- What happened the first time Penny jumped over a small pile of hay? Did that ever happen again?
- Who found Felicity in the stable? What was she doing?
- What did Felicity tell Ben she was going to do? Did he believe her?
- What did Ben tell Felicity’s mother when she asked him where his good breeches were?
- What was different about Felicity’s visit with Penny this morning?
- How long did Felicity tell her mother she had been riding Penny?
- What did Mr. Merriman tell Felicity when he saw her and Penny?
- Who showed up at the Merriman’s yard? What did he do?
- What did Mr. Nye say he would do if Felicity came near Penny again?
- Because of this, Felicity made a plan to free Penny. What bad thing did Felicity fear would happen if she did not free Penny? What bad things could happen if she did free Penny?
- What did Felicity end up doing? Was this the right thing to do?
- Ben told Felicity that she loved Penny so much, she “gave her what she needed most…” What was that?
- Can you think of a time you had to do something you didn’t want to do because it was best for someone else? How did it make you feel?
Science: Horse Care
Visit this website again and do some research this time about grooming. Horses need groomed like people do. What is the proper way to groom your horse? What equipment is needed? How often do you do these things?
Another Daily Horse Care video
Color this picture of a colonial woman cooking.
Draw a horse head along with this video
Day 5 – Looking Back
Meet Felicity – Looking Back p 63-69
Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774 p 12-13 (Fashion)
- The English weren’t the first to settle in America. Who was?
- What does it mean that people liked things to be orderly and balanced, such as gardens and homes? Can you tell by looking at it that a home or garden is probably “colonial” style?
- Did everyone in Williamsburg have fancy clothes and fine food? Who didn’t?
- What is Colonial Williamsburg like today? How do you know? Would you like to visit?
Explore Colonial Williamsburg
Do a 13 colonies map quiz
Pretend you are travelling to Colonial Williamsburg for a visit. Plan a day or two there and create a travel brochure highlighting all the things you’ll see and do there. Use the Colonial Williamsburg website for your information.
That wraps up week one with Felicity. I hope you found it useful. Check back for more of Felicity’s adventures in colonial America and be sure to share your ideas for studying Colonial America below.