We are continuing our Geography lessons but I haven't had time to post about them so I will be writing about the 2 countries we have been working on recently France and Egypt. I should mention we are studying the countries as they are today concentrating on cultural geography.
The resources we are using include:
Children around the world book
Families around the world book series (some are hard to find but our local library has done a great job finding them for me)
Atlas Discovery DVD TV series on countries
Home school creations geography printables - notebooking pages
Top Secret Guides to....
Eat your way around the world
In addition to these great resources I find other books that help us understand the culture and geography of the country we are studying. I will include those resources for each country below.
France: Since we had vacationed in Normandy this year we had some first hand experience with the culture of France and even tasting a bit of French food. Since the activity sent by Little Passports was a bit of a let down. We came up with our own activity, learning how to make home made bread from scratch.
We have enjoyed this so much we have made bread from scratch a few times. Bread tastes best coming straight out of the oven, YUM YUM! might need to get a bread machine one day;)
We also learned about Jacques Cousteau; did you know he built a living unit in the Mediterranean Sea where he and 3 other scientists lived for a month back in the 60's. I found a great YouTube video about it and it was fascinating to watch.
Egypt: We enjoyed the children's activity from Little Passports this month.
We also took this time to explore the religion of Islam as well as the country. We learned quite a bit about this religion that I did not know. We found a great book and I highly recommend if you wish to study Islam called Celebrating Ramadan.
Another great book that discusses modern Egypt that we learn a great deal from is called Egypt ancient traditions and modern hopes
As part of study of Egypt we decided to cook a traditional meal and it was a great success.
Our menu included:
Falafel - Chickpeas
Khyar bi laban -Cucumber salad
Biram Ruz -Rice casserole
Gebna Makleyah -Feta cheese balls
Ghorayyibah - cookies
Lunch was Falael on pita with Khyar bi laban, date fruit, and Ghorayyibah. Everyone liked this meal and I even had a request to make it again from my husband:)
Kids enjoyed everything except the dates which they thought were too sweet.
Dinner was kebabs, Birum ruz, Gebna Makleyah with broccoli and pita bread.
It was delicious and we will be doing this again!
If you know of any other great resources that are out there on learning cultural geography, just leave a comment below. Thanks
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