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Republic of Ireland

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 by in LEARN | 0 comments

We’ll be exploring the Republic of Ireland next on our geography adventure.

ireland_newratioOn my paternal family tree side our ancestors were originally from Ireland, County Wicklow area before they left for Yorkshire, England back in the ? 1800s?  Pebbles would fit right in today in Ireland with her bright copper red hair for sure. I don’t know very much about Ireland so will be a fun week for sure.

passport_irelandPASSPORTS:

We filled in the 3rd page of their passports with the main facts, flag and today’s date. They’ll color in Ireland on the tiny map of the world in the center. It’s going to be interesting discussing the part of Ireland that is still affiliated with the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) vs the independent Republic of Ireland.

MAPPING:

ABOUT IRELAND:

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LANDMARKS/WONDERS:

  • learn about rainbows
  • what are peat bogs
  • landforms: islands, bogs, peninsulas, mountains, rivers, hills, low mountains

READING:

VIDEOS:

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PEOPLE/CULTURE/LANGUAGE:

LEGENDS:

HISTORY:

WILDLIFE:

ARTS/CRAFTS:

  • illuminated manuscript coloring
  • celtic cross designs
  • paper shamrock with pot of gold, rainbow of pipe cleaners
  • lego rainbow
  • make Irish scene in Little Big Planet complete with shamrocks, dancing stage full of Riverdancers (yes, with legs only!), rainbow, pot of gold
  • BamBam colored rainbow from a workbook, talked about ROYGBV

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IRISH FOOD:

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REFLECTIONS after IRELAND:

Starting to realize quickly that 1 week is not long enough to study any country, let alone 2 or 3 weeks even. Sad to only be able to do a quick run-through of the main bits of interest, however any longer and the kids would start to get bored. They can write a longer country report another time if they really wanted to. Right now we’re learning lots and having fun. Their favorite activities are food, art, crafts and videos.  Mine is snooping around with Google Maps ;), the food, and seeing their postcards at the end of the journey.  I love that they can share everything they are learning with both sets of their grandparents online on this blog. I love that this blog serves as both a planning tool for me to share info to check out with the kids when I’m busy. Also loving that we can just click on a country page sometime in the future and grab reference links if we need them or just have fun looking back to see what we did easily! Like a digital informative scrapbook. Oh – and that I must write a post just on BamBam’s use of LittleBigPlanet… it’s an incredible tool to display knowledge of physics, geometry, design, color, texture, materials and a way for a 5 yr old to share what is in his brain easier than drawing or writing. Incredible.

The next country we are exploring is ….. ICELAND !!

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