## Monday, March 31, 2014

And this is the last part of our European Study series. You can read Part I and Part II here.

So first we had Major Rivers of Europe.  We used this printable Major Rivers of the World to look at the longest rivers in Europe, traced how long they are and how does it affect the economy of the people.

Here Mavi is plotting the location of the rivers.  We are also identifying the countries that some of these rivers flow through.  The map seen on the picture was randomly "googled".

We also talked about the active volcanoes in Europe.  My son was really really interested on this one as they were having lessons about it in school too.   To avail the FREE file of Volcanoes in Europe please click the image below.

We used a map again to plot the location of the volcanoes.  He discovered that were a number of active volcanoes in Italy and got a little bit scared that we used to live near it.

We also did a few math activities one of which is relating Euro to Montessori Golden Beads.  We talked about how each Euro bill corresponds to Golden Beads and using the currency we played pretend shopping :)  Of course the little guy was the cashier to practice simple mathematics like addition.

Here he is counting the total cost of Mommy's purchases.

And lastly, the subject that I've been wanting to revisit for the longest time, Artist Study.  Using the books and cards that we have we talked about the famous painters in Europe.  We did a couple of Artist Study a few years back and worked on Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso and Degas.

I've always wanted to try Monet.  My initial plan was to bring him to the park so we could paint the flowers there in the field, but lately the weather has been really really bad so I guess that has to wait.  Instead, we painted the Poppy Fields of Monet using a  picture card as a guide.

I told him that Monet is an impressionist, that his paintings look like blobs or blurry and that it doesn't give you an exact detail of the subject but just an impression.

And here's our first try of painting like Monet :)

And here's Mavi's rendition of Monet's The Poppy Field.  What do you think?

And that concludes our Europe Study series.  Hope all of the series of post I have for this lesson have given you enough idea to start your Europe Study as well.

## Sunday, March 23, 2014

The second part of European Study includes the animals and their habitats, the landmarks of Europe, the culture, the foods, the people in history and the natural resources that can be found in this continent.

Animals of Europe. I make use of the existing materials that we have including the cards and the animal figures which I got from Safari Toobs and Schleich.   Here we talk about the animals and their habitats, how they differ from the animals in other countries like Asia, how they adjust on the weather, what they eat, how they survive etc.  (click the image below for the link of the file)

Below, after identifying the animals that lives in Europe, we sort them according to their diet (herbivores, carnivores and omnivores).

Afterwhich, we also discuss their habitats, which animals live in the forest, rivers...  as seen on the picture Mavi draw a forest for the wolves, deer, bears and lynx.

Landmarks.  We are fortunate to have visited most of these places, thus Mavi was easily interested learning about them.  I showed him some pictures from our travels, talk about how these landmarks are important and what made them icons. (click the image below for the link of the file)

Seen on the picture below, Mavi traced the places we've been in the map.  I showed him pictures of the Euro trains that we used as a means of transport in the mainland Europe.  Aside from this, I also showed him pictures showing the culture and practices of the different countries in Europe.

And additional activity I added was a matching game.  Here Mavi matches the landmarks to the country flag of their location.

And I whipped a little bit of spelling practice as well.  We use the moveable alphabet to name the flag of the country they represent.  Oh my! He worked on this all by himself.  You can get the flags from here.

Here's something new for this year, our Natural Resources cards which we used to talk about the treasures from nature that can be found here in Europe and that are used for human consumption.  To know more about this file read about it here or you can click the image below for the link of the printable.  (click the image below for the link of the file)

As we discuss, it happens I have an antipasti (olives and garlic) and showed it to him.   Once we discussed all of the natural resources, he decided to draw these resources as well. See photos below.

And a little more discussion but we didn't really focus on these are the foods and the people in the history of Europe. The only he's interested about is the food which he is very much familiar with because we mostly have them at home like the pasta, paella, baguettes, crepes, churros and gyros.  We sometimes visit the Coco Market at the park to have a taste of some European cuisines and the Spain and Greek dishes are always a favorite! (click the images below for the link of the file)

For the materials seen on this post visit:

European Study Printable Materials

For our previous European Unit, click Part 1 and Part 2.

Next we'll study some of the famous artists in Europe, Math using Euro and more!

## Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My son has specifically requested that we have Europe Study this month.  I guess the interest was brought about by the celebration of St. Patrick's Day this month in which they created the Irish flag in school and were plotting Ireland in the Europe map.

WARNING, this post is flooded with photos, as I would rather describe the activities we did in pictures rather than writing a novel about :)

For the resources and materials:

- Flags of Europe (includes all materials used here except the puzzle flags)

- European countries outline / solid black

Now for this years unit we started working with mapping and flags.  I printed the large flag from here.  The site allows you to print the maps in different sizes you.  I chose a bigger version so we can label the countries clearly.

Oh and Mavi has an audience while working :)

Next we work on the flags.  Here on the pictures below Mavi is identifying the countries and their flags.

I also created these flag puzzles for Mavi to worked on.  I just printed these flags in big sizes and cut them to pieces for him to assemble.

Of course, the 3 part cards of the European flags is a must :)

Mavi also worked on these flag matching activity.  Here he's matching the flag to the name of the country and the capital city.

Identifying the country's flag was a breeze but he is still new to identifying the capital city (except for the countries we've visited and stayed).  We'll be working on this a little more.

And last activity for the flag works is assembling European flags using pre-cut craft papers.  Early on I selected a few flags that he will work with.  I cut out the pieces needed and mix them together.  The challenge here is for him to look for the pieces that goes together to assemble a certain flag.  So you can see in the picture below he was able to make the flag of Ireland and Spain, and about to assemble the flag of Germany.

More activities coming up next!

## Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hi everyone! My son had a sudden obsession with dinosaurs a few days ago and I thought that you will be interested with some of the resources we have.

These are Usborne Dinosaur Fact Cards which I got from Amazon.  My son described them as "awesome" cards.  We used these to identify dinosaurs in Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Period (sometimes sort them out), herbivores and carnivore dinosaurs and learn how to pronounce their names.

Here's an activity sheet that comes with it as well. We used them to record our findings about a dinosaur (using our Usborne Fact Cards mentioned above).

You can get the link by clicking any of the images below.

And lastly, here's a wonderful collection of dinosaur coloring pages from www.dinosaur-coloring.com! My son loves them to pieces.  I practically printed everything from this web page and my son worked on all of them!

I hope you like this activity!

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