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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Learning About Spain: Week 1

We didn't quite squeeze in all of Europe last year, so we are continuing our tromp through Europe with Spain this fall. There is so much that we could cover and literally spends weeks upon weeks studying the country, but we're trying to stick to a two-week study of each country.

Here's a look at how we spent our first week of learning about Spain.

  • Introduce geography song about Eastern Europe ~ point out countries while singing
  • Locate & map Spain {wall map, atlas, and globe} ~ find capital and major geographical features
  • Use atlas to learn more about Spain
  • Read The Story of Ferdinand
  • Color & label map of Spain

click thumbnail to download the pdf map activity

click thumbnail to download the pdf map activity

  • Review geography song
  • Geography feature ~ Pyrennes Mountains
  • Read about Picasso and visit website @ his art {talked about cubism and looked at some funky art}
  • Read Story of Ferdinand again
  • Watched video collage with Picasso's art

  • Review geography song
  • Read about Ponce de Leon {the kids were so sad he died from an arrow hitting him}
  • Story from Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Spain
Resources and Websites
  • Time for Kids Spain - Includes a sightseeing guide, history timeline, native lingo, fact file and teacher's guide
  • Travel for Kids - gives some great suggestions for actually traveling Spain with kids along with books that are recommended by regions in Spain
  • Spanish Explorers - Ponce de Leon, Cortez, Magellan, and more
  • Mr. Picasso Head - hilarious online 'game' where kids create their own Picasso-like work of art
  • My Kids Art - talks about Picasso and his life

Books We're Using


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  • such a fun adventure. Spain is a fun country and you could spend a year on it. Have fun.

    By Blogger Toni, At September 8, 2009 at 8:50 AM  

  • I love your geography posts. I can't wait to do country studies with Anna when she is older. Of course, we will start with our native countries of Germany and Belarus :)

    By Blogger Natalie PlanetSmarty, At September 8, 2009 at 9:23 AM  

  • Super cool. Did you watch the Disney animated short about Ferdinand? We watched that last week, and it was so fun to see a simpler Disney.

    By Blogger Ticia, At September 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

  • What song do you sing (the europe geography song you mentioned) and where can I find the lyrics/music? I've seen several people post about there "country" songs but never found out how/where they get them. any suggestions?

    By Anonymous Stephanie, At September 8, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

  • Wow, this is fabulous!! I'm so tempted to drop what we're doing in history/ geography and just follow YOUR lesson plans!! Hmmm.... :-)

    Thank you so much for the great information, links, book lists, and printables!

    By Blogger Wendy, At September 9, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

  • I would also like to know where you get your geography songs and to thank you for all your great ideas!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 16, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

  • It's so fun to see what you are doing while we are studying similar material. I was inspired by your blog to get started with the Galloping the Globe and we also got our Little Passports travel subscription started at the same time. About the songs: I found a great CD at the library to cover basic geographical themes like continents, habitats, ocean, maps, etc. It's called Teacher and the Rockbots: World. They also have a website:

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 17, 2009 at 10:04 AM  

  • I am a nanny this summer am wanting to teach the girls I watch about different countries around the world. I am so thankful for your help and suggestions!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 18, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

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