Dobrey Dyen! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum last week learning about Russia!

Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week:

We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for Russia:


We also learned:

  • Where Russia is on the world map & located Moscow
  • A song in Russian
  • How to Say ― Hello in Russian: привет (Privyet), Good Day добрый день (Dobrey Dyen)
  • How to Say ― Thank You in Russian: Спасибо (Spasibo )
  • How to pray for the Russian people
  • Listen to Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker
  • About children in Russia
  • Studied the Tundra
  • Completed a Russia lapbook activity
  • Completed and classified animals of Russia
  • Learned new Geography terms: Tundra, Plain, Peninsula, Swamp
  • Learned about the North European Plains, Kamchatka Peninsula & Vasyugan Swamp
  • Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Russia
  • Made a Matryoshka Doll Box

Here is what I managed to photograph!

We found Russia on the world map and filled in our mapping worksheet. We review all of the countries and random facts about each one every day just to help us remember! Every one gets their own turn at the map.


We learned how to spell our names in Russian:

Of course we learned about the Animals of Russia and added them to our Animal Wall:


We worked on our Russia Lapbook component:


We made Matryoshka Doll Boxes and decorated them with stickers, markers and the like:

Instead of going to a Russian restaurant (which we couldn’t find) we ventured out on a field trip to a Russian market nearby!

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We toured the isles, pulled wrapped candy from the Teeny Tot’s mouth…


And finally picked out some yummy Russian chocolate bars to take home as a souvenir!

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Click here to learn more about the Expedition Earth Geography curriculum!


  1. I am always so encouraged by your posts. You are one of the first things I check every morning just to help me get my day going.This might not seem like a big deal to you but one of the things I love the most about your blog is that your husband is included in your homeschool. I love to see him in pictures at the restaurants, shopping, etc. My husband spends so much time helping me with our homeschool by being there for me when I need a break or for planning or to just listen to me when I'm struggling or to participate as much as he can and I know not every homeschooling mom has a husband like that. It's just nice to see that your husband gets involved with your kids. I really love that!Thanks for all your posts and great ideas. LOVE it!!

  2. Russia has a special place in my heart. I was even fortunate enough to study a few semesters of Russian in college! In the interest of learning, I wanted to point out on that your "how to say hello in Russian" you've written "привет" which is "privyet" or hello. Dobrey dyen actually means "good day."How fun that you found a Russian store to visit! I've been to a Russian resturaunt in Long Beach, CA, but never to a Russian store. Fun!

  3. I really like the way you broaden your kids' horizon. And I'm sure you learn at the same time. Keep up the good work! I hope one day you will all get to travel to these places the children learn about. (I never came across a Russian restaurant myself either.)

  4. Kirsty: I use a Canon i9900. I don't usually recommend it because it is a large format printer for my 12×12 scrapbook pages, so most people don't need that large of a printer!My mom however has an HP Photosmart that prints really well and is also a scanner which is handy for homeschooling, so I'd recommend that for a good photo printer/scanner!

  5. When I went to Russia on a mission trip our hosts took us to ice cream every day. We learned to say (spelled phonetically) "Ya ha-choo maroszna" or "I like ice cream." To celebrate that you could eat Dove bars, they are really similar to Russian ice cream (ok, at least 10 years ago when I was there.) :0)

  6. I LOVE Russia!! My husband & I have been on mission trips twice to minister to an orphanage in Kaliningrad & are making plans to return this coming June. I love the children like my own! 🙂 So much fun that you found a Russian market to visit with your kiddos…and, yes, chocolate was the exact right thing to bring home!! I can't do the ice cream because it looks like a brick of cream cheese. LOL Chocolate is always a good choice. 🙂 Great job with your geography plans.Dahsvedanya

  7. I popped on to let you know that you put up "privyet" in cyrillic, not "Dobrey Dyen", but sproutingflowers beat me to the punch!Since I'm already on the page, though, it is a good time to delurk and tell you how much I love what you are doing with your schooling…I've filed away this idea for when my kids are older!

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