Thursday, June 16, 2011

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We have had a lot of fun studying The United Kingdom for about three weeks. I try to pick certain “symbols” of each country for Anna during this geography pass through and create a page with these symbols. Then I cut this page and put it in the envelope. This envelope goes into the country page in our geography binder (still in the making). Hopefully Anna will revisit those pages every so often and her memories will be refreshed by the printables and 2D crafts related to the country. We keep those manageable – usually 2 things per country. We did the royal wedding paper dolls and a “London map” for UK.

Who Were the Beatles We also read a lot of books about England or the books set in England. By the way, regardless of how much my daughter begged me to let her read Harry Potter, I didn’t give in. I really love Harry Potter series, and I want her to read these books when she is more ready for them emotionally. I had my lesson learned with Who Were the Beatles. Anna was stunned and shaken when she learned that John Lennon was killed by the fan. It’s one thing to play “poof, you are dead” and another thing to realize that these things do happen to real people in the real world. Regardless, she still loved the book, refuses to return it to the library and entertains me with trivia from Fab 4 lives. We also, of course, looked at some clips of The Beatles live performances on YouTube and listened to our CDs.
June4_LondonMap We both had a good time learning more about the United Kingdom, its tradition and culture. Perhaps we could have done some cooking too, but I am not a big fan of British cuisine. Our next stop is India – I didn’t have any problems finding 9 famous things from there including one of our closest friends :)


MaryAnne said...

I like this "9 things" idea! And I agree that Harry Potter is too intense for even the brightest 4yo.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I can't imagine what age would be good for Harry Potter - it's so dark. But, the book on the Beatles sounds interesting - I'm not sure if my children know who they are or not.

Ticia said...

I love the Beatles, but Jeff not so much.

I totally agree with you on waiting for that book. I'm thinking 4th grade....... which would be about 9 or 10

Kim said...

Crumpet is desperate to read Harry Potter and I keep telling him no way. I'm thinking not til he's 10, but we'll see if I can hold him off that long!

Christy said...

I don't think c is ready for Potter either and he is almost 7.

I like the way you are doing the country studies!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I like how you are keeping all of your geography studies together for Anna. I think it's wonderful all that you do with her in the area of geography and always enjoy reading these posts.