My girls are huge American Girl and Minecraft fans. So, when I heard about Skrafty’s new class, American Girl meets Minecraft, I knew I had to sign them up.
The classes are self-paced, with a new one added at the beginning of each week. They will spend one month learning about each American Girl, moving ahead in chronological order.
If you’ve never heard of Skrafty, they are a “family friendly Minecraft server.” One thing that sets them apart from other servers is the fact that they also offer homeschool classes that students complete within Minecraft.
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How this Skrafty Minecraft Homeschool Class Works
There are four components to the American Girl meets Minecraft classes:
1. Reading Assignment
Students are expected to do the assigned reading. So far, it’s been one chapter a week from the first book in the series, the “Meet” book.
Each week, the kids are taught about a topic related to their reading assignment. For example, the girls watched videos about salmon fishing in order to help them understand Kaya better. They also learned about an old Indian legend of the salmon.
Other week’s topics included teepees and the Nez Perce/Nimiipuu Indians.
In Minecraft, on the class server, the students complete weekly building projects. The first thing they built was Kaya’s village.
There’s also an optional building task they can work on if they are interested. After reading about a travois, they had a chance to add one to their village.
4. Further Reading
For the students who want to go a bit further, there are a bunch of options to choose from. During one of the weeks, they had the opportunity to complete a craft project, read additional books, and work on a mapping activity.
What do my Kids Love about the Classes?
- It combines two of their passions – American Girl and Minecraft.
- It’s a fun and interactive way to learn about history.
- They’re gaining new Minecraft skills. Recently, Abigail had to figure out how to make fire using an armor stand.
- The class isn’t overwhelming. Each week they’re only assigned one chapter from the book and a couple of projects to complete, making it easy to stay on top of everything.
- There are predetermined meet-up times, so any kids taking the class can be on the server at the same time to interact with one another.
This is a wonderful addition to our history curriculum.
However, if history with American Girl isn’t your child’s thing, check out some of the other classes they offer. Abigail has been taking an amazing Minecraft History Museum class. They’re a great way to focus you child’s Minecraft time.
When you sign up, you have the option to register for all 12 of the American Girl meets Minecraft classes at one time (in a bundle) or you can choose the individual time periods/dolls you want to study.