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Denmark
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Denmark

Jan 22, 2017 by

Growing up my only reference of Denmark was my friend from elementary school who would have thin wafer chocolate sandwiches EVERY DAY (or so it seemed……….) and sometimes had really super salty licorice. We all asked to try these of course….. and she was bored of her chocolate sandwiches so she would sometimes trade for our PBJ! Her parents were from Denmark and this made...

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Greece
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Greece

Aug 21, 2016 by

After eating our way through Italy, we are cruising to the beautiful country of Greece and exploring it’s many islands.  Besides Italian, I just love Greek food too…. so looking forward to this learning journey. PASSPORT and MAPPING Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. Print out and label Greek map with National Geographic MapMaker Greek Flag and Coat of...

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Arctic
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Arctic

Jul 27, 2016 by

Photo from NationalGeographic.com We’ve been enjoying the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway so we may as well head further north and visit the Arctic!! Even though it’s 110 degrees where we are – visiting via internet is making us feel cooler. The Arctic is governed through mutual representation of the following countries as well as it’s indigenous peoples (Aleut, Inuit, Saami) : Canada,...

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Finland
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Finland

Jul 27, 2016 by

photo from GoogleMap – somewhere in Finland We have studied Sweden and Norway and now must learn all about their Scandinavian neighbor to the east – Finland! The kids really wanted to not skip over Finland – though I was tempted….. but boy am I glad we didn’t!! What a beautiful country!  Funny story about Moomins – we had never heard of this but were in...

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Norway
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Norway

Mar 25, 2016 by

We have finished studying Sweden – now we move west to learn about their Scandinavian neighbor – Norway! As usual we’ll locate Norway on the map – stamp our passports and start diving into what makes Norway unique.  MAPPING NORWAY Print out Map for Norway – National Geographic MapMaker Stamp passports with flag, continent, country name, capital, languages, crest coloring page for Norway with...

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Sweden
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Sweden

Jan 26, 2016 by

Excited to study Sweden!  Hubby’s ancestors were from Sweden predominately – so we’re eager to learn more about this country. He grew up with certain foods (like Pepperkakor) that I attempted making this year at Christmas.  Sweden is much more than IKEA… and the beloved meatballs with lingonberry sauce….. 😉 … and MINECRAFT. Video “Wild Sweden” ABOUT SWEDEN: 10 things to know before visiting...

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Italy
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Italy

Aug 22, 2015 by

We took the summer off from our geography adventure, but we’re back it at with our exploration of ITALY!  The last country we studied was Germany.  Before that we trekked through the tiny and fascinating country of Andorra – nestled in between France and Spain. PASSPORT and MAPPING Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. Print out and label Italy...

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Germany
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Germany

Jun 30, 2015 by

Heading North East from the little country of Andorra which we just completed our study on – we are ready to explore Germany! MAPPING and ABOUT GERMANY Germany Travel website Stamp passports with flag, continent, country name, capital, languages, crest coloring page for Germany with flag and facts Fill in blank Germany map LANDMARKS and LANDFORMS Black Forest Fairy tale castles! Inspired Disney movies...

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Andorra
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Andorra

Mar 30, 2015 by

This tiny country is nestled in between France and Spain in the Pyrenees Mountains – and is one that I spent much of my adult life not even realizing it existed.  Upon discovery was fascinated to find out what it was like (must be gorgeous……) and what do people do there?!  The kids were equally intrigued.  Instead of rushing off to Germany in our...

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Portugal
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Portugal

Mar 3, 2015 by

We couldn’t visit Spain without heading west to explore Portugal!  My hubby enjoys sipping port…. but there’s much more to this beautiful land than that. Let’s find out. PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Portugal’s flag and coat of arms Explore Portugal with Google maps. Print out and label Portugal map with...

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Blast Off with Ziggy
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Blast Off with Ziggy

Mar 1, 2015 by

One of the BEST aspects of All About Learning Press‘ Pre-Reading program was ZIGGY !! He’s a lovable zebra puppet friend who takes part in your lessons. There’s something about a puppet…. my child tended to listen to anything Ziggy wanted to say or do… not me. 😉 Even though we skipped Level One and went right to Level Two I still purchased the...

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Spain
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Spain

Dec 26, 2014 by

Starting to get momentum going in Europe now…. just finished FRANCE and now we’re headed SW to sunny SPAIN! PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Spain’s flag and coat of arms – both symbolism and colors. Also here. Cruise around Spain’s coast, climb the mountains and run around the olive groves with...

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Map of Caring & Sharing
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Map of Caring & Sharing

Oct 27, 2014 by

We are starting a map to track recipients of our Samaritan Ministries Shares – handmade cards with a personal message with our ‘member share’ enclosed. Instead of a sense of dread that we used to have paying our monthly BCBS premium, we now are filled with prayerful love and joy sending our member share to a family with a real, publishable medical need ie....

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France
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France

Oct 17, 2014 by

Crossing the English Channel we head over to FRANCE which will be our 5th country studied after England, Scotland, Ireland and Iceland. When I think of France I think of vineyards, wine, cheese, baguettes, croissants, the Eiffel Tower, old castles, elegant churches, farm cottages and the French Riviera – oh, and my husband’s annual favorite… Le Tour de France. Can’t wait to explore! PASSPORTS:...

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Volcano
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Volcano

Oct 15, 2014 by

Pebbles had a Smithsonian Giant Volcano Kit that was begging to be finally made. She loved making it, was fairly easy to do! Once the plaster was dry she had just as much fun painting it to look as realistic as possible. Then… it sat in the cupboard for ages for the day when we felt like making the lava erupt.  Since we were...

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Iceland
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Iceland

Aug 23, 2014 by

Heading north from studying England, Scotland and Ireland to chillier waters to explore ICELAND! Super excited about this one because it’s one of the countries that I really don’t know much about at all.  I remember seeing slides that either my mom or grandma had purchased of an aerial view of Iceland back in the 60s?? and had a mental picture of volcanoes and...

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Republic of Ireland
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Republic of Ireland

Aug 10, 2014 by

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

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Scotland
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Scotland

Jul 28, 2014 by

After learning about England we go north to explore another country within the United Kingdom – SCOTLAND!  One thing I’ve learned about visiting the first country is that it is more helpful if I use these blog posts and update them with resources live as we go so that Pebbles can link off and use it rather than just document what we did! This...

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England
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England

Jul 28, 2014 by

The first country of our global geography adventure is ENGLAND! This was a great country to start because this is where my parents were born and the majority of our relatives live today.  I remember visiting England a couple of times when I was little and have a few strong memories.  The double decker red buses.  The cobble stoned streets. Tall skinny brick homes....

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where are we going?
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where are we going?

Jul 14, 2014 by

We’ve been dreaming about our ideal geography program and now it’s time to take action and figure out how to accomplish it. We’re super excited to start! But first, I need to think and plan WHERE we’re going …. in order to get organized. Pebbles wanted to start last week ! So…. I better get my act together. Perhaps we start where our ancestors...

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design your own geography buffet
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Researching various world geography curriculum and quickly, and rather shockingly realized that it’s just as complex as language arts! There are so many variables in geography: map reading / navigation skills (compass rose, latitude/longitude, magnetic north, scale, distances etc.) physical geography (weather, land formations, erosion etc.) different kinds of maps (political, geophysical, weather, nautical, landmarks, populations, economic etc) cultures around the world (people, government,...

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