Social Studies

U.S. History thru the Eyes of the American Girl Dolls: Meet Josefina

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(17)
Completed by 61 learners
This is a 8 week course which will take students on a journey thru U.S. History thru the eyes of Josefina. The focus will be on Southwest 1824.
Monica Kelly
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(181)
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
$10 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
55 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections

Class Experience

US Grade 3 - 4

 I have been teaching 20 plus years in various capacities. I have taught k-12 here in the U.S. as well as in Central America. I homeschool my own children with experiential learning including extensive travel to different countries, immersing in different cultures, as an integral part of our curriculum. I also have taught for National University's Education department for the past 15 years. I teach in the teaching credential program. Among the many classes that I have taught, The Diverse Classroom and Multicultural Education are among them. 

In my background as an educator and in developing social studies curriculum, I have collaborated with many educators on how to cover these history topics. I have also attended workshops and trainings in the experiences of marginalized groups that have provided me with an understanding of these groups experiences and the historical context for American discriminatory action and thoughts. I am here to provide a historical outlook and provide insight into what was happening in history, but am not here to provide an in depth look at discrimination or the experiences of marginalized groups. 

The books may seem to portray generalizations about a certain people. We must remember each family and even each individual person in a certain place or of a certain culture are different. These books are a representation of a certain part of a culture and time period. We will learn that it is often beneficial to put forth an effort to understand one another and show mercy toward others. Whether people are of a different age, race, or shape, we can exercise to be kind.
We will have weekly assignments (mostly vocabulary or finishing up in class activities). Students will be responsible for reading the next book of the series as well. There is an ongoing project due at the end of the 2 months.
Complete set of Josephina books. They can be purchased via Amazon or checked out at your local library. If a handout is required, it will be posted prior to the class that it is needed. 

There will be three in class activities that will require extra materials: 

Tornado in a bottle (week 2): 
-water bottle or mason jar
-dish soap

Weaving (week 4)
-various colors of yarn
-8x11 piece of cardboard 

God's Eye Native American yarn craft (week 6): 
-two sticks (popsicle or any other stick like objects such as chopsticks)
-hot glue gun or strong tape

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parental guidance may be needed in assisting the student in homework. There will be two in class activities that might require parent assistance depending on your child's skill level. There is a 4 student minimum in this class. Please share the class with others. If the minimum number is not met within 72 hours of the class, the class will either a) pushed back to start at a later date or b) canceled.
7 book series starting with Meet Josefina

Meet the teacher

Monica Kelly
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(181)
About Me
My name is Monica Kelly. I am passionate about teaching!!!

Teaching / Education background: 
I have twenty plus years of successful experience in teaching, curriculum development, and support of new teachers in various communities and at... 
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