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Thursday, March 22, 2012

American Girl class: Samantha Week 2

This week in our American Girl class, after discussing Samantha Learns a Lesson, we made "Calling Card boxes" which were small wooden boxes that cards were placed in, when someone came to "call" or visit, and you weren't home. The calling cards were like business cards, before telephones and email was popular! Many homes had a place in the parlor to put calling cards, and would check the box or holder when they arrived back home. This is what our boxes looked like:
The girls had fun decorating the wooden boxes with fabric (cut to size) and lace around the top with glue. As they dried, we made calling cards to go inside of the box, and made enough to trade with one another. They each got a stack of 10 (or 12 for the 2:00 class) and a sheet of stickers to decorate them. They each wrote their name on the cards too. 
GIRLS GLUING ON THEIR FABRIC...
 For snack we had carrot soup. You can find the recipe here.

THE GIRLS MOSTLY LIKED THE SOUP,
A FEW WEREN'T SO SURE ABOUT IT...
DECORATING CALLING CARDS...
 The 2:00 class...
GLUING FABRIC ON THEIR WOOD BOXES...

PUTTING STICKERS ON THEIR CALLING CARDS...


At the end of the class, I had each girl go around and pass out her cards. This eliminated some chaos and ensured each girl got all of the others' cards. We talked about how to curtsy and practiced curtsying in class. You can find some general directions on the proper curtsy here. It was another fun class day!

Teacher's Note: the wood boxes were ordered on eBay, since I could only find one or two at the craft store. For the fabric, I used some "fat quarters" or end rolls of fabric that I found on sale. It was plenty of fabric! They each got 12" of lace for their box. We didn't have time to make our braided rugs, maybe next week!

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