Along with this 75-page study, there is also a Passport that can be printed out and used to "stamp" the different countries you are visiting. This passport is currently free as a part of the purchase of the Christmas Around the World study.
During the course of this study, you and your children will be learning about Christmas traditions in 21 countries, in addition to what Advent is, plus a look at St. Nicholas, and ending with learning about the birth of Christ.
Each day there is a lesson that explains the different traditions of a country. You will look briefly at traditions involving such things as gift giving, decorations, meals, religious services, and other countries' versions of Santa Claus or gift bringers if applicable. Then there is a page with questions to answer. Lines are provided for the child to write their answers. Additionally, there is a coloring/activity sheet that goes with each country.
As long as you start this study on the first of December, you will be able to get through all of the lessons before Christmas day. If you wanted to wait until the first Sunday of Advent to start the study, you could easily skip some lessons, or double up if you are so inclined. The lessons themselves are quite brief, and it doesn't take that long for the children to answer the questions. Younger children could tell you their answers for you to write down. And the activity pages are simple coloring and/or drawing projects that help reinforce one aspect of the lesson that was learned.
How did we use this study?
We started this study by reading the first lesson about Advent, though I didn't have the children fill in their question/answer sheet. We will do that on December 1st. As for the coloring sheet for that lesson is filled with 24 presents, I am assuming it is to be used as a sort of countdown chart, so we will start that then as well.
I then decided we would study the traditions of countries we have already learned about in our Exploring Countries and Cultures curriculum last year. It was nice to "journey" to these countries we already knew something about. I figured I would leave the new countries until actual Advent.
Some of the countries we looked at were Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Mexico. We would gather around the computer as I read the lesson (in an attempt to save ink). Then I asked the children the questions and we went to the table so the children could do the activity and fill in the question/answer sheet. They colored a Santa Claus, colored shoes and filled them with treats, decorated a Yule log, and drew kangaroos for Santa's sleigh in Australia, among other things.
Here they are, busy at work.
The questions help the children focus on what was learned along with what their favorite part of each country's celebration was. Granted, they are only going off what we read, but I ask them to tell me what sounds like it would be the most fun to participate in. As for the activity page, I appreciate that they are simple and don't require additional materials.
We have really enjoyed learning little tidbits about how children in other countries will be celebrating Christmas this year. Last year we learned about quite a few different countries, learning about their cultures, and how people are both the same and different all over the world. This study is an extension of that. For children who have not had any previous lessons on other countries around the world, this study is a wonderful way to whet the appetite, and get children interested in them. Though the lessons are short and simple, you could always add additional information and activities. Personally, as we are adding this study onto our already busy days, these are just the right length.
We can't wait to learn about the other countries' traditions next month.
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As December is almost here, this is going to be short-lived giveaway, as I want to make sure you can start this study on December 1st.
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This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over.
The giveaway runs November 26th through November 28th.
Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!
Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!
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