Expedition Earth ~ Thailand

Sawa dee ka! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand!

Here are some of the highlights of the week:

Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other,  Sawa dee ka!


Each day we review all the countries we’ve learned so far. I also ask about capitals, language, how to say hello and what the money is for each country just for review.


Of course we learned about animals found in Thailand and then added them to our Animal Wall


We worked on our Mapping Thailand activity:


We made these cute Krathong Floating Boats after studying about the Thailand Floating Markets:


Since Thailand was our last country in Asia, we did a quick review of all the countries and colored in the ones we learned about on the Asia map.


Of course we went out for Thai food to complete our week! It’s all part of my “Erica doesn’t cook on Friday nights” meal plan ;o)


When we were eating my preschooler saw the waiter walk by and started saying “sawa dee ka! sawa dee ka!” he was so thrilled that she could say hello in Thai that he came and taught us a few more words, then took our picture! We got wonderful service after that too! Here’s my yummy Phad Thai, even the kids liked it! And with fried bananas and homemade coconut ice cream for dessert a good time was had by all!



We also learned:

  • Where Thailand is on the map, the Gulf of Thailand, the Mekong River, and the capital Bangkok.
  • How to say “Hello” in Thai – Sawa dee Ka!
  • How to pray for the Thai people
  • About children in Thailand
  • Completed a lapbook activity
  • Completed and classified animals of Thailand
  • Learned new Geography terms
  • Made a Krathong floating boat craft
  • Learned more about Thailand—National Geographic
  • Learned about the Thailand Floating Markets

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  • Renee November 4, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Sawa dee ka (with the W sounded like a B) is what a female says…. but a male says Saba dee krup 🙂 It's a unique language in that respect. I wish I had my Thailand pics digital to share… it was one of our favorite trips

  • Bsblog November 4, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Good Job Mom! When a complete stranger compliments you on your children you know you are doing something right. I pray I can get to that point. Love all your ideas. Have a great week.

  • pebblekeeper November 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

    This is great! Last year we studied a migrating bird from each country – it really seemed to help connect something they could identify with – with the unseen country. Love your passports! I think I need to have the boys go through a week of reviewing where their geography tour has taken them on the globe. I'll store that idea away for next week!

  • deldobuss November 4, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Looks great! (especially the Phad Thai, mmmmm)

  • lori November 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    This is amazing! I'm new to the site and love it! I had to start something with my 3 yr old b/c he was begging to do school since I'm teaching my 5yr old daughter. I will admit I find it so challenging doing both together since I'm using Abeka for her and your curr. for him. I think she is getting a little jealous of his fun stuff 🙂 How do you incorporate all of your children into the teaching? do you spend a lot of time planning ahead? I also have a 1yr old and baby on the way so I'm feeling like I'm not capable of this! Any feedback would be so appreciated 🙂

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler November 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Lori: Hi, I have the same issues since Abeka isn't that exciting, I try to add in fun stuff to their boxes so the worksheets aren't the only thing they see all day! I usually do lessons/teaching part with the older kids first then have them start their workboxes, then bring in my preschooler and work with her and try to keep the Teeny Tot busy while they work. I'm there if they have questions and such. I did spend most of my summer planning things out to make my life easier this year and it is paying off. For example, I went to the store and bought ALL of the craft supplies we'll need for our Expedition Earth stuff. That way when the day comes to make something, it's already here! I also planned out our boxes for the year which was pretty easy. I already did the planning for my prek stuff and I just do what it says each day. For the older kids, I keep their workbooks in their boxes and just swap out the worksheet each day. So it's not too bad :o)I also take most of December off to recover, and get caught up on any planning I failed to do over the summer. Take it easy on yourself right now though, with a baby on the way you're probably tired and overwhelmed with all that too. And know that its okay to take a day off, skip a worksheet whatever. Your kids are little and you're not going to ruin them by taking it easy this year :o)

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler November 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Lori: One more thing I forgot, I did make all the letter of the week activities for whatever letter I was on PRIOR to starting that week. That way I could just grab stuff and shove it in our workboxes. Otherwise you'll be scrambling at the last minute to make everything! Another fun thing for prek are the preschool activities in a bag. http://www.activitybags.com/

  • Anonymous November 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Love the activity bags. Swap these with friends to make the work easier 🙂 We made cucumber canoes after reading Island of the Blue Dolphins. I got the idea from all of the fun things you do – thank you so much for sharing. Nikki – HS mom to Krysti 16, Andrew 7, and Michael 4

  • Briana November 5, 2010 at 4:50 am

    If you want your little ones to learn of a missionary in Thailand right now… here's her blog. She is a personal friend from college. I am sure she would contact you back via email if you wanted to write.http://www.thaimelanie.blogspot.com/

  • MacMaMa August 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Hi,I’m Thai Mum.We glad you learn about my country.We use Thai language in here ,and your website can help me teach my sun 3.8 yrs to lean English thank you very much. and in Thailand you can say Hi/Hello ” Sa Wad Dee Ka” for female and “Sa Wad Dee Krub” for Male and If you want to say Thank you “Kob Kun Ka” for female and Kob Kun Krub” for male . Thank you very much Kob Kun Ka

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