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How to Make a Paper Mache Map

Learning takes on many forms, and tactile learning is always a favourite in our homeschool...especially messy tactile learning! Of course, over the years, we have made many maps in this way. Whenever possible, I aim to make any maps as large as I can. This allows us to add lovely details such as boats, houses…

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South America: Cookie Map

I use the same cookie dough recipe every time I make a cookie map or gingerbread house.  It makes a very hard, solid biscuit which can be rolled very thin and still remain in tact after baking.  It tastes good as well! Dough for Map Making Gather: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup caster sugar…

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Map Work: Poles and Parallels

Resources We read a small amount of information from our Homeschool in the Woods curriculum but got most of our information from our core book - Charting the World by Richard Panchyk: Vocabulary to Learn Most of these words the older children had been exposed to before and were therefore familiar with.  The goal of…

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Tudors and Stuarts: Explorers – The Urge to Explore

Lesson one with Homeschooling in the Woods was looking at what drew people to explore.  There was some information which came with the curriculum, but I also had the children have a look at this book: Using some of the information and cut outs, as well as some photocopied maps and scrap papers, the children…

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Tudors and Stuarts: Explorers – Making a Paper Mache Map of the World

Last week the children focused their attentions on the reasons for exploring.  I used blank print out maps from Home School in the Woods and asked the children to fill in the continents and oceans, which they did easily.  As I am trying to include the little ones more, I asked A6 to colour in…

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Ancient China: The Geography of China and Xia Dynasty

Having now read all of book one of The Travels of Marco Polo, we find ourselves in Cathay, or China as it is now known.  Polo described the mountain ranges he trekked along with his experiences in the deserts.  We had already covered mountains and deserts in our previous studies of Turkey (mountains) and Egypt (desert).  I asked…

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Marco Polo: Venice to Ormus

So this week we were off; dressed and prepared for our journey ahead: Our first leg of the journey to Cathay would take us from Venice in Europe to Ormus, in Persia.  We had read up to chapter 18  in Marco Polo's Travels a few weeks before, taking us to the vicinity of Ormus (Hormuz).  One story Rusticello relates is…

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Marco Polo and the Silk Road

This week was all about preparing for our trip across the silk road.  Yes, I know, week three and we haven't even left Venice yet!  I did say it was taking us a little longer than anticipated! We are still ploughing our way through 'Marco Polo's Travels'.  It is getting easier and easier to read,…

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Making an Aged Viking Map

Familiar? How about now? I wanted to make a map, age it to look like a viking map, pop co-ordinates on it and do some lovely Viking maths!  So I took a photo of our big papier mache map, printed it out, tore the edges off the paper and dunked it into some strong tea: I put…

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