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Learning About Spain: Week 1

We didn’t quite squeeze in all of Europe last year, so we are continuing our tromp through Europe with Spain this fall. There is so much that we could cover and literally spends weeks upon weeks studying the country, but we’re trying to stick to a two-week study of each country.

Here’s a look at how we spent our first week of learning about Spain.

Monday

  • Introduce geography song about Eastern Europe ~ point out countries while singing
  • Locate & map Spain {wall map, atlas, and globe} ~ find capital and major geographical features
  • Use atlas to learn more about Spain
  • Read The Story of Ferdinand
  • Color & label map of Spain

click thumbnail to download the pdf map activity

Tuesday

click thumbnail to download the pdf map activity

Wednesday

  • Review geography song
  • Geography feature ~ Pyrennes Mountains
  • Read about Picasso and visit website @ his art {talked about cubism and looked at some funky art}
  • Read Story of Ferdinand again
  • Watched video collage with Picasso’s art

Thursday

  • Review geography song
  • Read about Ponce de Leon {the kids were so sad he died from an arrow hitting him}
  • Story from Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Spain

Resources and Websites

  • Time for Kids Spain – Includes a sightseeing guide, history timeline, native lingo, fact file and teacher’s guide
  • Travel for Kids – gives some great suggestions for actually traveling Spain with kids along with books that are recommended by regions in Spain
  • Spanish Explorers – Ponce de Leon, Cortez, Magellan, and more
  • Mr. Picasso Head – hilarious online ‘game’ where kids create their own Picasso-like work of art
  • My Kids Art – talks about Picasso and his life


Books We’re Using

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Country Flag Card Printables

world flag cards for matching

I’ve been working on this printable for far.too.long, and FINALLY sat down this weekend, got productive and have it ready to share with you all! :) I put these together to help our kids identify the flags of the various countries we’ve been studying during our Galloping the Globe studies {with a few extra countries thrown in for good measure}.

There are 35 countries represented on the cards with two cards for each flag so it can be played as a ‘memory’ game. The set also contains 6 cards that represent 6 of the 7 continents {Antarctica is excluded} so the cards can also be sorted by the continent the country flag belongs to. Country name cards are also included for your child to match the names of the countries with the appropriate flag.

Since I don’t know every flag and what country it belongs to *ahem*, I included a key at the end of the document to help you all double check your answers. :)

 


 

 

I hope that a few of these resources help you all out ~ let me know if you all have any questions or have problems with the download.

Traveling France: Week 2

Testing is done and it was back to school as we know it. Groans and complaints aside, the week was very fun and even I learned a lot in the process {who says homeschooling is all about the kids, eh?}

The main focus this week was the Eiffel Tower because it was just too fun. :) The girls especially enjoyed picking one of Monet’s paintings to imitate {I picked 4 different paintings and let them choose one}.

When I tried to sit the girls down at the end of the week to put their notebooking pages into their binders and stamp their passports, Laurianna asked if we could study for another week and do a lapbook. So I’m going to be spending the next few days pulling together something for next week.

Monday

  • Geography song (kids are singing it to me while pointing to the countries on the map)
  • History of France {via Time for Kids} ~ I printed off what they provide for us to use in our notebooks
  • Read a few chapters of The Little Prince

Tuesday

  • Geography song
  • Visited the official website of the Eiffel Tower and took a 360 panoramic tour
  • Put together some paper crafts of the Eiffel Tower
  • Played a few games for fun (Hector at the Eiffel Tower)
  • Read The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks

Wednesday

  • Geography song
  • Practiced counting to 10 in French {see YouTube video clip below}
  • Read a few chapters in The Little Prince
  • The Travel Linguist ~ French 101 teaching some basic French phrases


Thursday

  • Geography song
  • Talked about Claude Monet & watched short documentary about him
  • Picked our own Monet painting to imitate
  • Read more in The Little Prince


Resources and Websites

Books We’re Using

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Traveling France: Week 1

We’re squeezing in geography and normal school time as best we can, due to the ‘s’ word.

{standardized testing}

Our study of France has been a little bit here, a little bit there ~ and we did get it all in this week. Just maybe not exactly like I had planned it. Rather than tell you how it all worked out in real life, I’ll give you the ‘how I intended it all to be’ instead. :)

Monday

  • Geography song (kids are singing it to me while pointing to the countries on the map)
  • Locate/map France using wall map and atlas
  • Find France on the globe (which hemispheres, what continent, etc…)
  • What countries (and how many) border France
  • Bodies of water around France
  • Read a few chapters of The Little Prince

Tuesday

  • Geography song
  • Read story from 80 Tales Around the World
  • Rivers in France
  • Highest point (mountain) in France
  • Completed map activity (click on thumbnail below)

Wednesday

  • Geography song
  • Flag of France worksheet (click on thumbnail below)
  • Type of government in France
  • Landmarks in Paris
  • Read a few chapters in The Little Prince

Thursday

  • Geography song
  • Children Around the World and worksheet
  • Virtual journey
  • Played some online games via French embassy

Resources and Websites

Books We’re Using

Touring Germany: Week 2

I admit it. I ‘cheated’ a bit this week. I found a fun way to teach the kids about Germany this week, all under the guise of a game.

Highlights Magazine offers spy adventure kits that include a puzzle, a guidebook to the country, suspect cards, a case file, and a puzzle book. I picked up one called “The Bummer in Berlin” (completely unused) at a book sale the week we started our study of Germany. When I pulled it out and told the girls we were going to solve a mystery in Germany…well, let’s just say they were excited!! So when I say I cheated ~ we just followed along, learning discreetly about Germany through reading/searching for clues, and I had very little work to do!

Each day we completed several pages in the puzzle book to find clues, eliminate villains and tried to discover where the stolen item might be hiding. We used our guidebook (basically a book about Germany) to learn things about Germany and answer questions to find clues. We also used website links to get a little better look at some of the things we were talking about.

{I included a link to the Highlights kits here ~ it’s set up similar to a book club. First one is free and you pay for the rest of the kits as you receive them. You can view a sample here. I am in no way affiliated with them – just wanted to pass the info along in case you were interested}.

Monday

  • Put our puzzle of Germany together
  • Learned about the Brandenburg gate ~ a 200 year old monument in Berlin {several of the suspects were trying to mingle in the tourist crowd}
  • Took a ‘walk’ through the Tiergarten, the largest park in Berlin.
  • Talked about the wall between East/West Berlin
  • Learned about the cuckoo clocks and the famous Black Forest

Tuesday

  • Traveled to Stuttgart and visited the Mercedes Benz factory
  • Learned about the autobahn and lederhosen
  • Learned about the importance of the Rhine River
  • Looked at pictures of a palace Frederick the Great built – Sanssouci {means without worries}

Wednesday

  • Traveled down the Rhine River and learned more about some of the other rivers in Germany (put together a crossword puzzle with all of their names)
  • Looked at some of the different castles along the Rhine River
  • Listened to the German numbers and also German phrases
  • Talked about the war and Adolf Hitler

Thursday

  • Toured the Beethoven museum online
  • Learned about the Frisian islands off Germany’s North coast (which I never realized were there….)
  • Solved our mystery ~ figured out what was stolen, where the thief hid it, and who did it!

Websites & Links we used:

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Touring Germany: Week 1

We’re off to Germany! We didn’t finish all of our book Keeper of the Angels Den during our study of the Netherlands, but figured that it was ok to keep reading it along with Germany since it takes place during WW2. Our week was a little scattered…so most of our time was spent on some of the basic things about Germany. Next week we are doing a fun ‘mystery tour’ of Germany and I can’t wait to share about that with you all!

I did put together a few notebooking pages: one is a mapping/labeling activity of Germany that includes labeling some key cities, rivers, seas and identifying the countries that border Germany. The other is a notebooking and coloring page on the flag of Germany. It also includes a brief history on the German flag.

Here’s a look at how our week worked out:

Monday

  • Geography song about Eastern Europe (Geography Songs)
  • Locate Germany on world map and also the globe
  • Learn more about Germany using the atlas
  • Read a chapter from Keeper of the Angel’s Den about Corrie ten Boom

Tuesday

  • Practice geography song
  • Complete map activity (click on thumbnail for document)
  • Read Germany’s tale in Around the World in 80 Tales
  • Read a chapter from Keeper of the Angel’s Den


Wednesday

Thursday

  • Practice geography song
  • Talk about the money in Germany
  • Read a chapter from Keeper of the Angel’s Den

Websites we visited/used:

Additional Resources:

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