We just finished a week of studying England. To go along with our studies, we read Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car. What a fun story about a drive in the countryside of England! There are very few words in this book, but the illustrations are wonderful.
For art we studied the illustrations and learned how to give a textured look by using checkered lines and circles. We practiced different techniques on a coloring sheet of the tower of London.
For science we studied clouds and what clouds teach us about the weather. I made laminated cards (found here) that we could keep in the car to study the clouds we see when we are out and about. On the back of each photo card is the name of the type of cloud. We also made clouds by placing Ivory soap in a microwave and setting it for 2 minutes. This is a fun and impressive project (see photo of puffy cloud)!
We had several English meals during the week. I think the kids enjoyed Bangers and Mash the best. They were pleasantly surprised to find out that Bangers and Mash was really sausage and mashed potatoes. Another night we had Bubbles and Squeak (mashed potatoes with left over vegetables). We finished off our English dining with a Fry Up (large English breakfast). I was shocked to find that much of the food in England is fried. We decided to make the Fry Up very small portions for health reasons.
Our puzzle of the week was a small village that reminded the kids of Black Beauty (which we read last summer).
We enjoyed many books during our study of England. We read books about castles, Mary Anning (a fossil hunter), stories of queens and of London. The photo shows are our favorite books from the week.
Lastly, we enjoyed a cartoon version of Great Expectations and a travel show about England called Travel with Kids London and Travel with Kids the United Kingdom. You can find much of the Travel with Kids series on You Tube. We really enjoyed our week of studying England.
I am joining around the world in 12 dishes. This is a fun group of families that is following the journey of Phileas Fogg from the book, Around the World in 80 Days, through 12 different ethnic dishes.