With 46 countries and over 200 languages, the range of study options is endless. The first thing we did is get our books from the book list in Jamie’s Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time. This has been a great resource because I don’t have to search out the books: The work has already been done! We’ve been enjoying our selections, too. They are often ones I probably wouldn’t have found (or chosen) on my own. This week’s favorite was a Russian tale called The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome.
Then, we threw a little geography in, using the map printouts from the first week. We traced the countries in Europe with a fine tipped marker and colored them in with crayons.
Languages in Europe
As a linguistics major, I have a personal interest in studying language. My love of language often affects my choices when I am decided what to study. This is no exception.
We watched the following two videos, and the kids repeated saying hello and thank you in 30 different languages. Not all the languages were European, but it was still fun!
This video is a compilation of songs sung in the different languages of Europe. The nice thing about this one is that each of the languages is accompanied by photos of the country’s flag and people.
Next week, the Summer Book Club is reading about North America. Join us!
Till Next Time,