This is our first year homeschooling, and our 1st grader was seriously excited to begin the year with a history unit on Native Americans!
Here are some of the highlights:
Our text for this unit began with the book North American Indians from Rainbow Resource. The text and illustrations highlight various North American tribes and place them on a map. It’s an inexpensive book, and it was really interesting for all of us.
We started our year of American Girl book study with Meet Kaya, the Nez Perce girl representing the year 1764. We designed Navajo rugs out of our construction paper from Rainbow Resource. In fact, we even used the brown shipping paper (from our Rainbow Resource order) to construct a Native American vest with Native American symbols.
When I was a little girl, I remember doing a class report on the Hopi Indians and making a “pueblo” out of boxes. I had my daughter recreate a smaller version of that project along with my mom. They found a homemade adobe recipe online, and I thought it turned out nicely!
My daughter has a sticker chart which allows her to earn five prizes this year for hard work and a good attitude. (I realize I am setting myself up for judgement here!) But, for us, we needed some positive reinforcement and goals to work toward! Her first prize was this mini American Girl Kaya doll, and she loves it!
We continued our learning about Native Americans at Garden of the Gods in Colorado, Springs.
Back in Texas, we visited the Mayborn Museum in Waco, Texas. Visiting museums in different geographical regions really offered an opportunity to learn about a variety of tribes and ways of life.
We finished up this unit study with a drawing lesson from Draw and Write Through History from Rainbow Resource. This was a step-by-step drawing and shading lesson, which my daughter loved and required only minimal help from mom! While we are homeschooling first grade, this book is probably best suited for grades 2 and up!
This was such a fun unit study!
Disclosure: Rainbow Resource Center is one of our homeschooling partners this year. We received free admission to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. As always, all opinions are our own!