One of the things I wanted to be sure to do with my kids when we decided to homeschool was to learn about how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas. I remember in public school learning about it and how much fun it was to try different foods, learn about different children and all the things they did for the holidays. It’s one of my favorite memories of school.
For geography we are using a curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler, we really like it and it does include a small section for Christmas but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Then I received this curriculum from Paradise Praises. This book is packed full of so many resources, worksheets, it’s awesome! Katie Hornor has done a phenomenal job of putting this curriculum together. It covers 29 countries and then at the very end has Christmas Carols from all over the world you can study. How fun is that? Music is a big part of our life, so I thought this was a very fun addition.
At the beginning of the book you’ll find your table of contents, this makes it easy to find which countries you want to study about. You’ll also find a section on how to use this book and how the lessons are laid out (which I’ll talk about in a minute). I also like that Katie has included extra resources, there’s an entire list in the book and includes the link where you can find them. This resource list includes printable passports, travel calendars, coloring pages, crafts, journals, maps, and more! (You can see the table of contents below with all the countries that are included.
As for the lessons in this book, each country has a section that talks about Christmas in that country. There are extra learning resources and recommendations on what you can incorporate for that particular country. For instance, for Italy she suggests a few books for extra reading, a coloring book and a travel guide. There’s also some recipes and coloring pages that you can check out as well! Also, for each country you will find book lists, coloring pages, journal entries for writing, notebook pages, and then each country has a different activity you can complete (i.e. word matches, crossword puzzles, etc – these all vary by age/skill level).
I highly recommend this book for your geography lessons, it’s a great addition to utilize near the holidays, or all year if you wish! I’m already planning how we are going to utilize this come November as we start preparing for the holidays. I’m excited to share some fun activities and recipes with the kids when we begin using this.
You can find more information about this curriculum and other resources that Katie Hornor offers HERE at Paradise Praises, or you can purchase this curriculum directly from Amazon HERE. (This is an affiliate link, I will receive a small profit from your purchase. All profit made on this blog goes directly back to Mustard Seed Mommy.)
I received a free copy of this curriculum and received compensation for my review, however all opinions and statements are my own. A positive review was not required.