Our first stop on our whistle-stop-picture-book-tour-of-the-world was North America. We mainly focused on USA, but Sparkly Eyes enjoyed finding out about the huskies (her favourite dog) in Canada.
As well as these books, I used postcard templates from Activity Village and we watched a couple of BBC documentaries with Ray Mears (bush craft guru) in the States. We have read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books with the boys, and begun them again with the girls. I pick up new things each time I read them.
At the end of the six weeks, the girls coloured in and annotated maps of the continent. Dancing Toes really enjoyed this, working from two atlases to find various cities, mountain ranges, rivers etc.
We had visited the American Mueum in Bath at the beginning of the summer, while Lanky Dude looked around the uni, so we had memories from that to dip into. I had also done an extended project on America (one of our most fun) with the three older children, where we’d cooked “cowboy food” in our Dutch oven over the fire, visited the SS Great Britain and The Matthew, dug a bit deeper into the evils of the slave trade and learnt about the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and the Great Depression. Dancing Toes had some memories from this too, on which to build her new knowledge.