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Traveling Great Britain: Week 1

We’ve been studying Great Britain for the last few weeks. Originally I had only planned 2 weeks, but somehow we’ve managed to turn it into a 4 week study so far…and really we’ve only touched on the England part of Great Britain.


Because there is a LOT one can study in Great Britain. I was more confused with the whole Great Britain/UK thing to start with. Because silly me thought they were one and the same (in case you were wondering, they aren’t).

I’m definitely behind posting on our time in Great Britain, but do have some great resources to share with you over the next few weeks and posts. Throughout the week the girls also had some independent reading that included some Madeline books (McKenna) and also the Sword in the Tree (Laurianna) as well as some English fairytales (Laurianna). A peek at our week:


  • Realized the geography song for the British Isles was waaaaaay too long, so we scrapped that. *grins*
  • Used our atlas and map to find England and tried to figure out the difference between England, Great Britain, and the UK. Got frustrated and decided to talk about it the next day.
  • Talked about the geography of Great Britain/UK


  • Pulled out the altas again now that we’ve figured out that Great Britain is England, Wales, and Scotland. The UK includes Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Talked about the capitals of the 4 different countries and also that London is the capital of the UK.
  • Did our map project (see the sheet below)



Resources we used/read:

Websites we visited/used:

  • Guide to British life and culture – put together by the Woodlands Junior School, UK. One of the best and most informative sites I found for our studies. You can find almost anything here.
  • British Monarchy Official Site – Anything and everything relating to the British monarchy – even has links to the Royal YouTube channel.
  • Kids Ask Questions about England – a subpage of the page by Woodlands Junior School, UK but has lots of quick links to answer questions
  • Visit Britain – explore parts of Britain using an interactive map. Also has links to all the official websites.
  • England Quiz – quick ten questions to test your knowledge of England

Notebooking page I created: UK Map Worksheet

Traveling Russia: Week 2

After our first week studying Russia, I found even more to study the next week. There are times when the resources seem to be overwhelming, especially when you find them on the tail end of your studies.

Both of our girls love to pretend to be ballerinas, so this week we spent some time listening to famous Russian composers and watching some ballet in action. Needless to say, there have been lots of tights flying, tutus twirling and spinning like crazy. Zachary included. :)


  • Quick review from previous week’s studies
  • Look at the currency of Russia (see notebooking page I made below)
  • Review geography song (from Geography Songs cd)
  • Pick a meal to make and put grocery list together
  • Watch a little of Fiddler on the Roof (since this takes place in Russia)


  • Sing geography song and point to countries on map
  • Talk about some of the geographical/climate features of Russia and do map activities: Ural mountains (divide Russia between Europe and Asia); coldest inhabited place on Earth is Verkhoyansk; dry climate and poor soil; Volga River is longest river in Europe, three of longest rivers in world are in Russia (Ob, Yenisei, and Lena); Lake Baikal is deepest, largest fresh water lake in the world; three differenet land areas: tundra, taiga, and steppe
  • Listen to Tchaikovsky and have fun dancing


  • Use Draw Write Now to draw picture of a brown bear and also copywork about bear
  • Talk about some of the different animals in Russia
  • Review geography song
  • Talk about the history of Russia using notebooking pages
  • Watch a little bit of Nutcracker


  • Sing geography song and point to countries without using cd
  • Talk about religion in Russia and what happened during Communist rule (atheism). You can read about Laurianna and McKenna’s reaction to atheism on our family blog – too funny.
  • Compare Russian alphabet to our alphabet
  • Work on making meal (Beef stroganoff)
  • Stamp passports

Websites that we visited:

  • National Geographic Kids – facts and pictures about Russia
  • Enchanted Learning about Russia – members only
  • Travel for Kids – fun things to do with kids in Russia. Also includes book ideas for helping kids learn about Russia
  • Time for Kids – learn more about Russia’s culture, landscape and resources
  • Mission Friends – resource available from the Lutheran Church. This is the student pdf version that you can print off and use as a great resource for you teaching of Russia. It includes the map activity that we did and a lot of wonderful information. Our kids really enjoyed this!
  • Nutcracker on youtube – this is the first of 16 mini-videos of the Nutcracker performed at the Royal Opera House. The girls loved this!

The currency notebooking sheet that I put together on the ruble: Next week we are going to be moving our studies to England/Great Britain, so stay tuned for more!

Resources that we used:


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Traveling Russia: Week 1

This last week we started our study of Russia with the girls. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and pull all my thoughts together until now, so I might miss some stuff that we did because there have been moments when we have veered off course from my plans and I keep forgetting to pencil in what we actually did {sigh}.

That said, I can give you a basic framework of what our week looked like, include some links that we/I used, the books we used, and one of the worksheets that I pulled together for us. I’m also working on putting a post together that talks about some of the specific things that I try to do for each country that we study (and might go into a little more detail in this post too about how we did some of the things to give you an idea).


  • Locate and map Russia. We have a wall map and globe that we use for this. The girls find the country on the map and we talk about a few different things: what continent the country is on, which hemispheres, what other countries it is near, etc…
  • Introduce our new geography song. I can’t say enough about how much we have enjoyed the cd Geography Songs and how much the girls (and Zachary by default) have learned from this cd. This week we learned the song "Former USSR". As we sing the song, we find the other countries that are mentioned in the song and work on remembering where the countries are and pointing them as we sing along.
  • Use our atlas to learn more about Russia. We use The Children’s World Atlas from Rand McNally. We read the little blurbs in the book on industry and other key facts about the country: population, major cities, etc…
  • Find the capital of the country


  • Read Children Just Like Me and complete the worksheet. I made a worksheet to go along with the book, so after we read about the child from the country we are studying, we fill in the information we learned (what city, religion, language, favorite foods, etc…)
  • Learn about Russia’s flag. This week I made up a little worksheet about the flag of Russia (you can print it off below).
  • Review our geography song
  • Talk about some interesting facts about Russia: it is on two different continents (found dividing point), 11 different time zones, takes up almost all of Eastern hemisphere


  • Review our geography song with map.
  • Play a Russian game
  • Travel and learn a little about Russia via a website – a virtual tour


  • Review our geography song
  • Learn about the language(s) spoken in Russia and different religions. We also used this time to talk about the time that Russia was under Communist rule and people weren’t allowed to believe in God.

Here are some of the books that we used this week in our studies:

Some great websites and links related to Russia:

This is the worksheet I put together on the Russian flag:

Next week we will be continuing our time in Russia and learning about the currency of Russia, making a meal, studying the different geography features of Russia and the climate and more so be sure to check back or look for the second link/post.

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India for Kids ::Week 2::

This is our second week studying India (scroll down for links a little further in the post). We continued our studies this week and learned more about peacocks, the currency of India, the Taj Mahal and rangoli. Here’s a peek at our week:


  • Mapping of India – more detailed than what we did last week. We also focused on the surrounding countries and bodies of water. I made a map worksheet for this (below) that you can also download.
  • Henna tattos – the girls had a lot of fun watching Indian brides get the intricate tattoos before their wedding and also watching parts of different wedding ceremonies.


  • Peacocks – we found a short little video clip about them and also found a great info sheet to learn more about them. The girls also spent some time on the easel painting their own peacock (do you recognize it in the slideshow above?).
  • William Carey – missionary to India


  • India’s money – the rupee and the paise. I made an information sheet about them (you can click on the thumbnail link below if you would like to download it).


  • Cooking – the girls helped me make a chicken curry dish (yum) along with Naan bread
  • Taj Mahal – We studied who had it designed and why it was built. We also found a short video clip to see a little more of it
  • Learned about rangoli – a form of Indian art. We used colored rice to design our own patterns.

Some of the books that we used this week



Great links for India


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India for Kids ::Week 1::

This week we started a 3 week study of India. Here’s a little peek into what we’ve been talking about.


  • Locate and map India
  • Learn new geography song (see video clip below)
  • Color/label map of India
  • Use atlas to find India and learn more about resources

Geography Song: Countries of South Asia



Click image to download the India flag printable


  • Studied the peacock (India’s national bird)
  • Talked about the Himalayans and Mt. Everest


  • Geography term: peninsula
  • Looked at clothing that is worn in India

Books We Used

Websites We Used

Children Just Like Me Notebooking Page

Children Just Like Me notebooking page

Using the book Children Just Like Me as you study geography and different countries? Here’s a Children Just Like Me notebooking page to keep track of the facts that you are learning.

The box at the top right is for children to put a picture of the child that is read about that day. There are miniature pictures at the front of the book of each of the children throughout the book. We just photocopied those images and used them to paste onto the notebook pages. 

CLICK HERE to download and print the document. Hope it helps you out!