Posts Tagged ‘Exploring the world from home’


Adventure Story Book Club: Exploring Houses Around the World

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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Book we choose: If You Live Here : Houses of the World by Giles Laroche


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This month we step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived. If you lived in the mountains of southern Spain, your bedroom might be carved out of a mountain. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family. And if you lived in a floating greenhouse in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset. Giles Laroche takes you on a journey around the world explaining the reason why each home was constructed the way in which it was, then lets us imagine what it would be like to live in homes so different from our own.

My children loved this book. Each page they would look at the home and try to guess where they thought it was from. Which in turn lead into a competition of who could accurately guess the most correct locations. I was amazed that by just studying the beautiful cut paper illustrations they were able to guess a number of correct locations and each page was like a new adventure. 

We located each home one the world map. Then at the end of the book we talked about which home we would want to live in and discussed why we would choose that particular one.

Then we learned the 7 Continents Song

7 Continents Song:

Europe, Asia,
Af-ri-ca
North & South America
Then we have Antarctica
Don’t forget Australia
7 CONTINENTS 7 CONTINENTS

We then put together a book of Me on the Map.

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Do NOT forget to checkout Adventure Story Book Club on Facebook  & Pinterest to share your ideas on books and activities.

Our Amazing Participating Bloggers:

Andrea from Waldorf Salad & Cottage Fries Blog: Twitter

Christa from Little Cottage School Blog: Facebook

Christina from Classroom to Homeroom  Blog: Facebook

Jennifer from Faith & Good Works  Blog: Facebook

We explored homes around the world but I also love Kid World Citizen’s idea of exploring Famous Buildings Around the World

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Adventure Story Book Club

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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I am so excited to be partnering with a couple awesome bloggers to bring you Adventure Story Book Club which is a virtual book club for kids!!!

What is it: 
Adventure Story Book Club is a free monthly book club where we will be taking a themed monthly topic and selecting any book that is appropriate to the theme. Then, on the 3rd Friday of the month we will share the book we chose and share  a fun activity, something themed related for the book that they selected. The age range is selected by the participant bloggers, so it can range from Pre-K to 12th. Our desire is to help you take your children on an adventure each month by exploring new books along with themed crafts and activities. Make sure you come back on September 19th to check out some awesome Around the World themed Books & Activities.

Do NOT forget to checkout Adventure Story Book Club on Facebook  & Pinterest to share your ideas on books and activities.

Our Amazing Participating Bloggers:

Andrea from Waldorf Salad & Cottage Fries Blog: Twitter

Christa from Little Cottage School Blog: Facebook

Christina from Classroom to Homeroom  Blog: Facebook

Jennifer from Faith & Good Works  Blog: Facebook

For more Book, Craft, & Activity ideas check out Adventure Story Book Club’s Around the World Pinterest Board.

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Printable USA State Flags and GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

United states flag free printables

For those of you who know me or have just started following my blog you have probably already figured out that I LOVE all things travel, maps, & flags. As a family we are constantly looking for new ways to studying other countries & cultures.

I also love celebrating the forgotten or overlooked holidays such as National Doughnut Day, Talk Like A Pirate Day, Flag Day, and the list goes on! With flag day right around the corner I have been brainstorming on what we could study this week revolving around Flags.

After much thought I decided it would be fun to make a USA State Flag garland with the kids this week while studying the US states and capitals. I also thought you would  all enjoy it as this months FREE subscriber printable!!!!

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Around the World in 7 Doughnuts

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

around the world in 7 doughnuts

In honor of National Doughnut Day I thought it would be fun to check out some of the different doughnuts around the world. Its a fun way to teach about and exploring other countries and cultures from home. Let the children locate the countries on a map and decide together which recipe you want to make or make several to host a doughnut tasting party!!! Happy Doughnut Frying!!!

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6 Reasons Your Kids Should Have a Pen Pal

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

6 Reasons Your Kids Should Have a Pen Pal

As a mother and homeschooler I am constantly looking for ways to encourage education through fun. Learning shouldn’t be a chore that needs completed but a lifestyle of exploring. That’s why I love using pen pals as a teaching tool.

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  • It will help to improve your child’s reading and writing skills.

Perhaps most obviously, writing and receiving handwritten pen pal letters practices both reading and writing skills. In the day and age we live in emails and text messaging rely on shorthand (such as LOL, NP, THX), fail to capitalize and punctuate properly, and write in phrases instead of full sentences.  While technology is very important, learning to properly write helps encourage better use of grammar skills. As well as it being so much more fun to practice writing while writing to a friend than writing for school. Plus in our technological world, how awesome is it to teach children the art of the handwritten letter. Free Pen pal printable 1

 I have made this fun printable to help you encourage writing skills in a fun way CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 

  • It allows your child to connect to another person .

Allowing your child to connect and share in another children’s joys and adventures is a great way to build a friendship.  It teaches children to learn that there is a world bigger than themselves. Reading first-hand stories from their pen pal can encourage children to think creatively while reading and writing letters. It’s also a great way to teach children the art of gift giving. Finding a gift that their pen pals would enjoy encourages children to think of other before always asking to buy things for themselves. penpals for kids

  • Teaching Children Patience

Writing, mailing letters, and waiting to receive one back takes time.  In this instant-gratification world we live in it is a great opportunity to teach your children the importance of patience. Letters or packages from pen pals can be spaced out by weeks or even months. By having a pen pal, children experience the joy of anticipation and the more satisfying reward of getting something after a wait.

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  • Creating to Explore Social Studies

It is a chance to learn about other countries and cultures. Having a pen pal encourages children to take a greater interest in social studies. Thanks in part to adolescent egocentrism, tweens tend to care most about topics that have a personal relevance to them. Having a pen pal in a far-flung nation provides that personal connection, making the study of geography, world politics and world history feel less foreign, more meaningful and more worthy of attention. IMG_6842 copy

  • Promotes thinking skills.

It is an opportunity for your child to grow in their communication skills.  They can learn to ask questions and communicate in a give-and-take manner. It also fosters the ability to search for and find common bonds, a key element of true friendship. writing a letter gives children the space to find the right words. They often freeze if they have to talk before they think and naturally promotes a deeper friendships. It’s a great opportunity to help children grow in what could be a lifelong friendship. kiddopenpals

  •  It is completely fun to receive letters and packages in the mail.

Who doesn’t love a little happy mail. A child’s smile will brighten your whole day when a new letter or package arrives!

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We love putting together packages to international pen pals about the country we live in.

 

Now parents there’s one rule to this. Don’t turn this into a chore look for creative ways to encourage fun writing and if your children are young let them write and draw and you dictate a letter to go along with it. With my younger children I love using a free font called KG Primary Dots Font.

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Side Notes

  • If you are concerned about sharing your home address then opening a PO Box at the local post office is a great way to protect yourself and children.
  • If you are looking for a pen pal check out Kid World Citizen they have a list of  a couple of different ways to go about finding a pen pal for your children from another country.

 

Check out our Pinterest Board for more fun pen-pal  ideas.

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