American Girl Club – Josefina – Week 3

October 6, 2009 at 8:11 am (Uncategorized)

Here is what we did for week 3 of Josefina at American Girl Club. 

1. Read book 3 ahead of time. Josefina’s Surprise A Christmas Story.
2. Discussed the book.
3. Had one of the Mom’s that speaks Spanish give the girls a Spanish lesson. 
4. Had our own Las Posada
5. Snack – Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon
6. Craft Hair Combs.
7 Worked on our weaving projects.

Here are the notes from the Spanish Lesson…

Here are the girls having the Las Posada

The pretty blond knocking on the door was our Joseph (or Jose’)! 

Here you can see our Maria (or Mary).

This is a tradition where 2 people play the parts of Maria and Jose’ (Mary and Joseph) symbolizing the hardship they endured before finding a place for Jesus to be born.  In book 3 of Josefina we learn about the Las Posada.  So I thought it would be fun to have the girls act one out.  We drew names out of a bowl to see who would be the holy couple.  (I had 18 blank slips and one with M and one with J on it for them to draw from.)  Then we had the mom’s go in the different rooms in the building we are using for club.  The girls traveled up and down the hall knocking on the doors and saying…

In Heaven’s name, we ask for shelter.

The mom’s would reply…

This is not an Inn, be on your way!

At the final door, the mom that was in charge of our snack for the night opened the door and responded…

Come in, weary travelers.  You are welcome here!

Then we all went in and had hot chocolate and cookies.

The girls REALLY liked this!  I thought of it at the last minute.  if I was going to do it again I would go get those little battery operated candles at the Dollar Tree and have all the girls carry one and turn off the lights.  Our Maria used her Rebozo over her head to look a little like Mary.  It would be fun to provide Jose with a head cocer and staff too.  :^)

After the snack we made our craft.  This week we decorated hair clips.  I told the girls about the beautiful combs worn in Spain and Mexico.  I couldn’t find the same kind of combs they wore back then.  So I bought them what I could get.  They had fun adding glittery stickers and rhinestones!

Sticking on all those little rhinestones kept them busy a lot longer than I expected. (I will warn you though, rhinestones are pricey! Be sure to budget this in when you are shopping for your crafts. And don’t forget to use your JoAnn’s and Micheal’s 40% off coupons!)

Here are some of the finished projects…

Happy Homeschooling,



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