Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Around the World

Today we kicked off a new unit: Christmas Around the World.

This is a study I've wanted us to do for a few years now, so I'm excited about it, and the kids are too!

Today we began our Christmas travels in Mexico. I'll post about that tomorrow, but first, here's a peek at the first half of our travel plans. We'll spend about two days in each country.


Mexico:
  • Story: The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie de Paola
  • Craft: Ojo de Dios (Eye of God)
  • Color flag of Mexico.
  • Label map of Mexico.
  • View photos/video here and here
  • Food: Prepare Bunuelos de Navidad and Chocolate Caliente.
  • Celebrate Las Posadas with the traditional procession, the breaking of a pinata and enjoying our food!
Germany
  • Story: Waiting for Christmas: A Story About the Advent Calendar by Kathleen Long Bostrom
  • Craft: Make our own advent calendar.
  • Color flag of Germany.
  • Label map of Germany.
  • View photos/video here and here.
  • Food: Lebkuchen (a traditional Christmas cookie mentioned in our story)
England
  • Story: The Christmas Day Kitten
  • Craft: Make a Christingle
  • Color flag of the United Kingdom.
  • Label map of England.
  • View photos/video here and here.
  • Food: Mince Pie
France
  • Story: Madeline's Christmas
  • Craft: Make a Buche de Noel replica (We'll do this if we don't make a real one.)
  • Food: Buche de Noel (Easy alternative: Enjoy a Little Debbie's Swill Roll, which looks like a miniature Yule Log)
  • Color flag of France.
  • Label map of France.
  • View photos/video here and here.
Italy
  • Story: Merry Christmas, Strega Nona
  • Activity: Set up our Nativity
  • Food: Ravioli, Tortellini, or some other type of pasta
  • Color flag of Italy.
  • Label map of Italy.
  • View photos/video here and here.
I don't have time to finish all of my link-ups tonight, but I want to give credit to the following sources for much of the information I used to put together our little unit:

Homeschool Creations - Jolanthe has put together an incredible collection of Geography resources, including the map and flag notebooking pages that we are using for each country.
Homeschool Share has a wonderful free Christmas Around the World unit study and lapbook from which I've drawn much of my information and ideas.

Galloping the Globe by Loree' Pettit and Dari Mullins

Plus, I've checked out some helpful books from the library that I'll try to put up in my sidebar tomorrow.

This weekend I'll finish up our itinerary, and hopefully get it posted for you. :)






1 comment:

  1. Sounds like so much fun! We're doing a Christmas study, too. We made a bunch of Oros de Dios a few years ago. We've still got a few of them. That's a project that I really enjoy.

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