Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Betsy Ross

We have begun a study of the book Betsy Ross Designer of our Flag from the Childhood of Famous Americans series. This is one of E10's favorite Beyond books of all time. He is joining R8 in her first row of the book. I'll update with our progress. This was a project from last week and we have several more going right now. Thankfully for R8, Betsy was an excellent seamstress. So today, she'll starting a handsewing project as well.

From the second chapter of Betsy Ross Designer of our Flag, we took on the job of making a corn husk doll from a kit.

I let R8 and E10 work on this together without a lot of help from me. They sat down with the directions and I helped here and there along the way. It was a good exercise in following directions along with team work. R8 learned how to step up and get her ideas in. A valuable lesson!

Part way there...she's starting to look like a doll!

Finished doll with corn husk clothes only. Next week we'll add in the apron which is a lavender fabric.

In addition to the corn husk doll kit, we also have this patchwork quilt kit from the Corps of Rediscovery. This is a fun company and we actually have the pioneer girl apron and bonnet from them as well.

Extra Book List:

The Flag Maker by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman
The Story of the One and Only Declaration of Independence by Judith St. George
Let It Begin Here! Lexington and Concord The First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Felicity's World Growing Up in Colonial America from The American Girl Collection

Stay tuned for more of our adventures and resources on Betsy Ross!

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