We are using Expedition Earth and pieces of Galloping the Globe for our country studies. We are spreading it out a little more and spending more than one week per country. The first country we studied this year was China to coincide with Chinese New Year. Our country studies are for fun, our goal is just to learn about some other countries and their people. It’s more social studies than geography. It’s also way for me to schedule some crafty things into our lives, otherwise they wouldn’t happen as often. Some of the things we did: We made Chinese lanterns. The kids loved running up and down the driveway with them to let the streamers flow behind them.
We built the Great Wall of China using a 3D puzzle I had stashed away. As soon as we were done Skeeterbug ran off to find some soldiers. These Automoblox figures were the first thing he found.
We made Chinese paper fans. They work surprisingly well. We used paper from our easel, just trimmed the width.
We studied some animals from China. Skeeterbug’s favourite was the Golden Monkey. We’ve got a (huge) lapbook that this will go in, along with some other elements from Expedition Earth.
We ate some Chinese food using chopsticks. Sort of.
We attended a local Chinese New Year celebration. My children sat on the dirty ground for a good view. 🙂
We read the story of the Chinese zodiac from Activity Village and looked up what sign each of us were. We looked at some written characters and talked about how many characters Chinese children are expected to learn.
We made handprint dragons.
For each country we study, Skeeterbug also completes several pages for his notebook. The mapping activity and Children Just Like Me page from Homeschool Creations, the flag page and country notebooking page from Expedition Earth. If I can find a related word search or other activity he completes that as well. This time we also used Children Just Like Me: Celebrations since it includes Chinese New Year. We also use Google translate to learn to say hello, thank you, and other common words. Youtube is also a great source to find clips in foreign languages or national anthems. I wish that every country we study would conveniently include a holiday for us to celebrate!