APR
18
2011

Expedition Earth: Argentina

Buen Dia’ and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Argentina! Did you know the Iguazu Falls are a series of falls on the Iguacu River that stretch a distance of over two miles. Their name comes from an Indian word meaning great water.  That’s just one of the cool things we learned about this week! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Argentina on the map. Here are some more of the things we covered this week: We stamped our passports and took off on our journey! Here are some of the things we learned on our voyage: Located Argentina and The Pampas on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Argentina Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Argentina and Uruguay Learned an Argentinian Song Read: Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity  Geography from A-Z: arsh, Meander Learned … [Read more...]

APR
12
2011

Expedition Earth: Peru

Hola! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Peru! Did you know that Peru's Macchu Pichu was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, along with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal? That was just one of the cool things we learned about this week. Read on to see what else we did… So of course we started off our week by finding Peru on the map, then stamping our passports! Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Peru and The Andes Mountain Range on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Peruvian Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Peru Learned a Peruvian Song Completed our mini lap book activity Learn about the 3rd Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu Learned about and classified 6 animals of Peru Learned more about Peru by National Geographic Kids Read: Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Made Silver Wind Chimes Was … [Read more...]

APR
04
2011

Expedition Earth: Panama

Hola and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Panama! As usual, we started off by stamping our passports and locating Panama on our World Map. Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film! Learned to say “Hello” in Spanish: Hola (hello) , “Thank You” : gracias Locate Panama and capital Panama City on the wall map Prayed for the people of Panama Geography from A-Z pg 22 Gulf, Pg 25 Isthmus Learned about the Panama Canal, did you know the average toll for a ship to pass through the Panama Canal is $56,000! Made a Panama mini-lapbook component Made tropical fruit snacks: Mango, papaya, coconut, bananas Completed mapping and flag worksheets Learned about and classified 6 animals of Panama Animals from Panama mini-book Did a pottery painting activity Were supposed to make empanadas, but didn’t quite get to it ;o) Stamped our passports and moved on to Venezuela! Here’s my whiteboard for the week. We did the song from … [Read more...]

APR
01
2011

Venezuela Recipe: Quesillo

For our Expedition Earth week on Venezuela, we tried a sweet treat from the Another Trip Around the World book called Quesillo (Little Cheesecake). It’s really more like a flan than a cheesecake, and it might help to know that before you start so you’re not surprised by the result. Are you ready? Ingredients: 1/4 c. sugar 1/8 c. water 4 eggs 1 can evaporated milk 1 can sweetened, condensed milk 1 tsp. vanilla Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In 8x8 baking dish add sugar and water. Place pan in oven until boiling. Do not brown! Tilt the pan to coat. Step 2: Next add remaining ingredients to blender and mix until smooth. Step 3: Pour blended mixture into caramelized pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees, or until top crust is browned. Step 4: Don’t panic if it looks like this. The sugar layer on the bottom will rise to the top creating a crystalized crust on top. Step 5: Let cool slightly then serve warm. What did we think? It tasted good, creamy with the crunchy top layer. … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2011

Expedition Earth: Venezuela

Buen Dia’! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Venezuela! Did you know that kids in Venezuela have hot chocolate for breakfast? It’s a very thick soupy pudding mixture that children dip bread in! We didn’t have any soupy hot chocolate, but did try our own U.S. version, and frankly they were just happy to have hot chocolate for breakfast! ;o) So of course we started off our week by finding Venezuela on the map, then stamping our passports! Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Venezuela & the Caribbean Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the Venezuelan people Read Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Venezuela Geography from A-Z Vocab: Waterfall, Cataract, Cascade Read: Living World Encyclopedia (Continued our Rainforest Animals reading) Did Paint Your Own Pottery Read: Usborne Encyclopedia … [Read more...]

MAR
26
2011

Expedition Earth Brazil Dinner Night

We went to a super fun Brazilian dinner at Rodizio’s Grill to celebrate the end of our Expedition Earth week on Brazil! The kids were so brave trying all kinds of new things! Sorry for the poor quality photos, these were taken with my iphone! I’m sure the waiters thought I was nuts taking pictures lf them each time they brought a new item by. We started off with a yummy fried banana appetizer. They were so yummy my daughter asked why they eat dessert first in Brazil! If you’ve never been to Rodizio’s before, you have to give it a try! They don’t have a menu there. Instead they offer a yummy salad bar, then waiters walk around with skewers of all kinds of different meats and Brazilian treats to try. One of the kids favorites was the grilled pineapple. We also tried bacon wrapped turkey, various sirloin style meats, grilled mahi-mahi with red peppers, roasted pork tenderloin, grilled tomatoes, garlic filet, Brazilian pot roast, and the least favorite of the bunch grilled Chicken … [Read more...]

MAR
25
2011

Brazil: Rain Forest Diorama Craft

Welcome to our week on the Brazil Amazon Rain Forest! This week we made a Rain forest Diorama to help us understand the layers of the rain forest. It was super fun to make, and the kids learned a lot about the rain forest in the process! Supplies: 3 cardboard boxes Green & blue tempura paint and paint brushes Scissors (or knife, I cut the holes in the boxes) Paper Towel cores Clear Packing Tape White craft glue Green and Brown pipe cleaners 1 package plastic rain forest animals Fake greenery, flowers, moss etc. STEP 1: Stack boxes on top of each other and mark where you want your paper towel tree trunks to go. Using scissors or knife cut holes for the trees. You may want have an adult do this part! STEP 2: Using green paint, cover the entire inside of each box and allow to dry. On the bottom box make sure to paint a blue river winding down the center. STEP 3: Once paint is dry, stack boxes in place and glue with white craft glue. Next, insert tree trunks and tape together … [Read more...]

MAR
21
2011

Expedition Earth: Brazil

Oi! Welcome to our week on Brazil, we had so much fun with this week, my kids have been waiting for the rain forest craft since August! Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Brazil & the Atlantic Ocean on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Portuguese – Oi’! Prayed for the Brazilian people Read Children Just Like Me Book Made Brigadeiros (Yummy chocolate balls) Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Brazil Geography from A-Z Vocab: jungle, River, Meander Living World Encyclopedia: Learned all about the rain Forest Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (pics below) Tried to play soccer, but had to do it inside as we had snow all week! Learned about the 2nd Wonder of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue Tried to finish our week with a traditional Brazilian meal, but didn’t feel like driving clear downtown LOL! Oh well…it’s the thought that counts! Read Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary … [Read more...]