Thursday, March 3, 2011

Geography: learning about Europe

As always, we started our new continental study with looking back on our travels, this time through Europe – Rylan has travelled in England and Italy (oh, how I would love to spend a few weeks in Italy again…). Inside the Vatican

{Rylan (18 months at the time) pointing to the intricate ceiling inside the Vatican, Rome, Italy…I believe his exact words were, “Mommy, WOW!”}

Our learning activities included:

  • Reading the True Book “Europe”. I read it to the boys over the course of the week, we stopped to discuss and research more in depth certain aspects of the book as we went along. At the end of the week I gave Rylan the assignment of reading the book again himself while I put Damian down for a nap, then I gave him a short oral quiz (styled like a game) to see how much he remembered.
  • We made and ate European food…to be honest this is no great thing in our home! A lot of European styled dishes are a part of our ordinary diet, especially Italian pastas!
  • We watched Celtic Woman and the Riverdance together.
  • We listened to various Putamayo CDs with a European flavor, you can see the list at the end of this post.
  • We put together a European poster based on all our learning, which included a map, places of significance, people of Europe, and a fact sheet.

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  • We practiced our Spanish (since this is the second language we are learning in school) and learned how to say hello in other European languages.
  • We added Baha’i places of significance in Europe to our wall.

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  • We read about children of Europe in Children Just Like Me.
  • Rylan built the Eifel Tower out of Lego for fun.


To see our previous continental studies click on these links: Africa and Asia.

This has been added to Preschool Corner and 5K too.

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