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Learning about France


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We are starting France! We’re especially excited for these stories because we hope to take a trip to Paris sometime in the near future. These are the France specific books we got from the library. We also own Linnea in Monet’s Garden (a favorite) and are using the Beginner’s World Atlas, Angry Birds Explore the World, and Children Like Me, along with a few other general books about Europe.


Oh and we already finished the Greetings from Somewhere book about Paris. Not so sure how Flat Stanley will go since we haven’t read the others before it. We just read Adèle & Simon and loved trying to find all the missing items in the illustrations.

We’ll probably watch the Madeline movie, which apparently has a scene in it about eating a chicken named Fred, who happened to be a friend of Madeline’s. I don’t remember if I’ve ever seen the movie, or know how the rest of that scene plays out, but it was an interesting little tidbit to find on YouTube.

For an art project, we are going to do profile silhouettes, from our Global Art book. I actually think we might be able to turn them into Christmas presents in some fashion.

There are several activities in our curriculum (Build Your Library) for Linnea in Monet’s Garden, including drawing a picture of your family, creating a Japanese bridge painting, and learning about the flowers in the garden. Since it’s late November and there are no flowers blooming here, I might get some from the grocery store and do a mini flower unit. We’ll do some more in the spring, but it would be a good tie in to talk about the different parts of a flower.

I haven’t decided what food we’ll make yet, but maybe an apple tart or chocolate filled  croissants.

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Build Your Library Sale

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Build Your Library is having a sale of 25% off all of their curricula using promo code “cranberry“. The code is good from until December 8.  I’m ordering the 1st grade curriculum, Winter Holidays Around the World, and the Jan Brett Christmas unit.

We’re using the Kindergarten Around the World curriculum and love it. We follow it loosely, skipping some things (Little House book) and adding all of the relevant picture books we can find at the library. It includes geography, literature, poetry, science, art, and recipes.

We also have all of the Harry Potter unit studies, which I highly recommend. They are a little too difficult for my Kindergartner, but perfect for my 10 year old.

If you were thinking about checking out any of these secular curricula, this is the perfect time. Let me know if you have any questions!

(I have no affiliation with BYL. We love their curricula and want to share for anyone who might be interested!)