Have you thought about starting an American Girl Book Club for your daughters? In addition to having a great time, your girls can improve their literature analyzing skills and learn some American history to boot. Here are some helps to get you started.
Before you start, decide how your club will work.
How often will you meet?
We chose to meet once a month since there are homeschool activities aplenty in this area. Since we were meeting monthly, we read the entire book before meeting. If you decide to meet weekly, you could always read one chapter at a time.
Choose a format.
Will you go through one character at a time or choose a different one each time?
Will you meet at the same home each time or share hostess duties?
Will the kids or a mom lead the discussion?
Will you make time for other activities?
Now, all you have to do is invite friends!
Fun Ideas for Your Meetings:
Have a snack that goes with the story you’re currently reading:
Ginger Cookies while reading Kirsten’s stories.
Cream Cheese and Walnut sandwiches for Samantha.
Kit’s Checkerboard sandwiches.
Crafts and activities that go with your book:
Make butter while reading Kirsten.
Make a quilt like Addy’s
Make a purse or blanket for your dolls.
Plan an Outreach:
Collect items for soldiers like Molly and her friends did.
Send blankets to an orphanage or bring coats to a group home like Samantha.
Go on a Fun Outing at the end of a season:
If you live near one of the American Girl Place stores, plan a field trip. We’ve gone to the Los Angeles store with our girls, and it is an experience you won’t soon forget! Just be sure you’ve saved up birthday and Christmas money for a year before you walk in the door
Go on a picnic with your dolls.
Have a tea party with your dolls.
Go skating. Maybe leave the dolls home for this one.
Each character in the American Girls series has supplemental books. There are mysteries, history books, craft books, cook books, activity books, and more. There are even a movies starring Kit, Molly, Samantha, and Felicity.
Disclosure: No money changed hands for the sake of this post. I was not asked to write this by American Girl. They do a fine job of advertising all by themselves, thank you very much. Just wanted to share some fun ideas for you all!
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