We have completed our second country study in the Galloping the Globe curriculum; England! I was excited about this one because dh and I lived in England for 3 years while he was in the military…ds1 was even born there and (up until a year ago) had duel citizenship. I was eager to revisit this place and share my memories with ds3 and ds4.
I always check out Jolanthe’s site to get ideas for our GTG studies. Her crew studied knights and castles as part of their England visit and we did, too. The boys loved it!
Instead of doing individual lapbooks this year, I’m having the boys put their mini books in a journal of sorts. This makes a lovely keepsake/portfolio of their school endeavors. Ds3 had the most fun designing his shield. He also got a HUGE kick out of the English expressions I shared with him, such as boot and bonnet for a car’s trunk and hood, mate for friend and bobby for policeman. We spent a lot of time one morning volleying funny phrases back and forth (“Hey mate, get off the bonnet and call the bobby!”)
This book was a big hit as well. I read it to the boys, a chapter or more a day, while we sat in the pickup line at ds2’s school every afternoon. Not only did it teach them a lot about castles and knights, but it was a great story that kept them on the edge of their car seats. :)
We also used these books for our research. Love, love, love Usborne books! On our final day we had a little tea party and stamped our passports. This was a fun study and the boys (and I) learned a lot. :) Next stop…France.