This year, R is getting a double dose of social studies. In co-op, we are studying from Julius Caesar through the Middle Ages. The lesson plans we use, Catholic Heritage Curricula, has third graders studying 9 different countries through the year. While the lesson plans are fantastic, I have not used them too much since I don’t want the little guy to overload on school work. So, we’ve been reading books about the countries (Canada was first and now we doing India) and for Canada we made a few notebooking pages using Galloping the Globe.
While we are supposed to be on India, we took a back step to Canada today. I found this great video series at the New Castle library system titled Families of the World. So, D and R watched the video this morning and got to see how two different families live PLUS seeing the areas they live. You can read more about this series on their website, Families of the World, as well as download teacher resource guides for each part of the series. While they are meant to accompany the video, you could use some of the guides for your own study. The guide has transcripts of the video segments, vocabulary, discussion questions, quizzes, a page with both the flag and country map, plus a little more information about the country.
I need to search the library catalog to see if they own the volume on India. All together, there are 20 different countries in the Families of the World series. While I want the boys to learn geography, an often overlooked subject here in the US, I also want them to appreciate how lives are both different and similar. Since we can not afford to visit all these countries first-hand, I think the combination of books, video and hands-on learning projects (e.g. cooking foods from that country) can combine into a great learning experience.