If you’re reading this, chances are you know a little something about American Girl. They have great, expensive dolls based on an historical period. I say expensive in a good way because children tend to take better care of their dolls when they have to earn some of the money to buy them or be patient until they have a birthday, etc.. They have great books that are geared appropriately to young girls with historical references that make history fun and interesting. They have great retail stores located strategically in major cities. These stores have unique display areas that portray the era of each doll. But, that’s not the best part… they inspire young girls to think about history, community involvement and …writing! Here’s proof from my 12-year old daughter who came to me one day and said, “I’d like to do a report on American Girl.” Now, I have to admit, when I was a young girl, I never volunteered to do anything that even remotely appeared to be “school-ish,” (my word). Of course my reply to my daughter was, “Ok, I think that’s a great idea.” She came back later with a top-notch report that was creative, detailed, and grammatically superior for her age (in my writer’s opinion), and the only editing I did was to remove a few unnecessary commas, fix one fragment, and ask what a Nez Perce girl was ( a Native American tribe). Am I biased of my daughter’s work? You bet!
Her resources came from the numerous amount of American Girl books that she’s read and from American Girl catalogs.
Here it is: A report by M. Szybisty, age: 12
American Girl is a company that celebrates girls of all ages everywhere, every single day. Girls following their dreams and doing what they love is just what American Girl promotes with their dolls and books. A girl’s first doll is the first step to mommy training which is why all American Girl dolls are so unique and beautiful for years to come. Each doll comes with a book so young and older girls can be engaged in reading for hours. Each historical doll from Kaya (1764) a Nez Perce girl, to Julie (1974) a 10 year old girl growing up in San Francisco represent a different era in American history. Every book about the character is fiction but talks about real events that happened in that time date. For example, Molly McIntire is a girl growing up on the home-front during World War II in 1944. Or Addy Walker, a girl growing up as a slave back in 1864, when slavery was legal. Every book comes with a lesson telling girls to be who they want to be everyday no matter what.
There are also other dolls such as “Look-A-Likes,” which are dolls that are designed to look like girls today. They also come with a book called, “Fun with Your Doll.”
There are also dolls called, “Girl of the Year,” which are dolls that are sold for 1 year, representing the year in which they are being sold…this year’s (2010) doll is named “Lanie,” an out-going, nature girl.
And last but not least, Bitty Babies are baby dolls that are mostly recommended for ages 3 – 6 but are loved by all. These babies come with a teddy bear named, “Bitty Bear,” and a fill-in book where girls’ fill-in things about their babies like their favorite food or toy.
American Girl also sells magazines that have craft ideas, posters, and advice from decorating your room to getting along with your family. Each magazine has fun ideas for the seasons like how to stay warm and cozy in the winter.
American Girl not only sells fun things to play with, but gives girls the confidence to be themselves everyday…to listen to their heart…and let their inner star shine!
This could be a great idea to get your daughter motivated to do her school work. When children combine learning with things that interest them or they have a passion for, they’re more apt to complete their work on time and with quality!