We finished up week 3 of school but only week 2 of MFW Exploring Countries & Cultures (ECC). Lucky for me that week 2 of ECC is still fairly light because I am still trying to recover from this respiratory crud. We cancelled our weekly ECC craft day with our friends because I wasn’t quite up to prepping and hosting; but I made sure that Catherine didn’t miss out on a couple of fun activities that correspond with this week’s lesson: globe & map reading.
I am using a geography workbook that I bought from a teacher supply store a couple of years ago, along with the book Galloping the Globe to supplement the lessons. We are still going over continents, oceans, map keys, and grids. There are not very many worksheets to review these concepts, so I pulled some things out of the geography workbook and off of Pinterest to use for review. MFW comes with some wonderful geography and atlas books and we have had a lot of fun looking at how different maps are drawn.
For the activity, we were supposed to decorate a cake like a globe but most of my cooking projects turn into a big disaster. Galloping the Globe recommended making a globe paper mache. Catherine is not one to turn down a good craft, much less paper mache, so we broke out the balloons, a starch mix and some paint brushes and went to town. I think this project is going to be a lot bigger and more complex than I thought because we are going to have to do this in stages. We got it covered, a base coat of white painted, and the continents drawn. Now we just need to finish painting it.
I have also turned one of the walls in our hallway into a school wall. There is big map on the wall along with some art that Catherine has created and some paper dolls of children around the world (I got this idea from another MFW ECC Blogger: Mocharch Room). I will make sure that I post a photo of the wall this week. I think it turned out pretty cute! Catherine and I made a few of our own paper dolls from cut-outs from Lakeshore Learning, construction paper, and glitter glue.
I think these turned out pretty cute! I hung them up on the wall with the other pre-printed paper-dolls. I think took a string and connected the doll to the place on the map where they are from. Catherine loved seeing where in the world these dolls ‘were from.’
Week 2 went well and we had a great time trying some different crafts and activities! We are definitely ECC fans! We can’t wait for week 3!