I received the new Luciana American Girl Doll to facilitate this post about how to homeschool with American Girl. All opinions are my own.
I think we’ve all heard the term “STEM” by now right? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Those are fields that many typically think of boys being a part of, but STEM is for girls too! There are truly many ways that girls can be involved these days. So American Girl wanted to create their newest doll to encourage and inspire that spark of learning. I’m so pleased to introduce you to the 2018 Girl Of The Year, Luciana! She is truly immersed in STEM. To write the Luciana stories, experts from Space Camp, NASA, and even astronauts were consulted! How cool is that?!
Reach For The Stars
Girl power has been gaining speed over recent years, so gone are the days where women are limited to what jobs they can do, or what subjects they can enjoy. Women are empowered with inspirational opportunities to help pursue their dreams. So Science, here we come!
American Girls Dolls = Homeschooling Educational Fun
Did you know that you can incorporate American Girl into your homeschooling curriculum? For decades American Girl has been making history fun for girls and now that are ready to excite them about STEM too! As part of our homeschooling, I try to make homeschooling fun to get the kids excited about learning. And this year, I’m doing that by utilizing American Girl Dolls and books.
Luciana is an exciting role model for today’s girls. Through many challenges, her competitive spirit and self-confidence are tested. Since children everywhere face great challenges, she’s easy to relate to. Today I wanted to share with you some ideas to help you homeschool with American Girl, specifically for science, incorporating Luciana!
How to Homeschool with American Girl
With the help of Luciana, we recently completed a unit on Science and STEM. Check out what we did and then spend some time incorporating American Girl Dolls Into Your Homeschool Science Curriculum!
Kids love to see the chemical reaction that happens when they mix equal parts corn starch and water. Becoming what my 7th grade science teacher called “Moon Mud,” we’ve spent hours stirring, holding, punching, and experimenting with it. Is it a solid? Or a liquid? Kids (and adults) just can’t seem to get enough of this amazing substance.
Study The Stars
Grabbing our telescope and viewing the night sky is the perfect way to start a conversation about the stars. Looking for the North Star is always a favorite since it’s usually easiest to spot. It’s the brightest star in the sky.
Visit A Local Planetarium
Luciana is sure to enjoy a stop at your local planetarium. Our local planetarium offers public observation nights that allows community members of all ages the opportunity at a unique look at nature. So much fun!
Map The Stars
Gather black construction paper, chalk, and diagram of the solar system and constellations. Then watch kids soar as they enter into the world of astronomy by drawing their own observations.
Rove Around Mars
A minimum of two players are needed for this game. Place a variety of obstacles such as cones, chairs, or boxes and have kids take turns being a robotic spacecraft. The purpose of the game is to guide the blindfolded astronaut around Mars to pick up specimens and return to the space station. Once the astronaut is safely back, switch places. My kids played this for HOURS! So many laughs as the blindfolded astronaut follows the voice commands and tries to avoid any directional mishaps.
Of course, homeschooling with American Girl dolls wouldn’t be complete without reading some of the American Girl books! Luciana is the perfect book to get girls excited about Science! In the 1stAmerican Girl Luciana book, get ready to head to Space Camp! Join 11 year old Luci Vega as she takes off on an adventure. As an only child, heading to Space Camp is an exciting but scary experience. From bunking with four strangers to working robot challenges, there’s so much in store. Life lessons are around every corner. And best of all, Luciana teaches everyone that Science is definitely for girls too!
Luciana Vega wants to be the first kid on Mars. But first, she’s got to be a good team player on Earth.
Luciana Vega is truly a role model. She wants to teach girls to embrace risks and learn from failures and successes throughout life. Being a good leader is a great life lesson. But Luci’s story doesn’t end without teaching us there are consequences to jumping to conclusions.
As always, the American Girl Mission Shines Through:
American Girl’s mission is to celebrate girls by embracing who they are today and looking forward to who they will become tomorrow. So their newest addition of Ms. Luciana Vega fits seamlessly and our daughter absolutely adores her.
Head over to the American Girl Website to see for yourself all that they offer and to purchase the Luciana doll and book. Don’t forget to like American Girl on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for all the latest news and promotions!
I’m excited to give one of you the chance to WIN the Luciana doll and first book! If you’d like a chance to win, just enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!