Advent is here and this year we're going to focus on Christmas around the world.
We started with putting up the tree.
Each Advent we write down everything we're thankful for. It's so nice to look back on these.
And instead of Advent calendars this year, we are collecting one item of food per day of Advent to take to a local food bank.
Fun with old Christmas cards.
Cranberry and popcorn decorations for the tree.
The Boy began our study of Christmases around the world with a world map jigsaw.
We started with Russia and the Russian folktale of Baboushka - a Christmas story of her search for the Christ-child.
The kiddies made some beautiful pictures of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
We moved on to USA. Using this lovely book...
We read about a group of 49ers who spent Christmas in Death Valley.
We read the 12 Days of Christmas in Texas
And the children made some lovely water-colour horse paintings.
I found similar images on the internet but rather than drawing the horses freehand, the children traced horse images from a book.
They used rainbow colours and cut the horses out once they were dry. Sticking them on a clean card the kiddies added a flick of paint to represent the earth flicking up at the hooves.
Learning about Texas
Next stop: the Caribbean.
We read a poem about a Caribbean Christmas breeze...
...snacked on Caribbean inspired yumminess...
...dressed as Caribbean pirates
...and made some treasure maps.
They sealed them with wax
And Panda Girl used her new wax seal stamp.
Panda Girl's map of all the Caribbean Islands