Haai! And welcome to South Africa! We’re having so much fun with our Geography Curriculum this year. I’ve been excited about Africa and it’s finally here!

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 South Africa:


Some Things We Learned:

  • Where S. Africa is on the world map & located Cape Town

  • Learned a song in Afrikaans

  • How to say “Hello” in Afrikaans

  • Prayed for the people of South Africa, and Xhosa

  • Learned about children in Botswana (I know, not part of S. Africa, but its close by and it was in our book)

  • Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography

  • Completed a South Africa lapbook activity

  • Learned about the Baobab Tree (a.k.a. The Upside Down Tree)

  • Completed and classified animals of South Africa

  • Learned new Geography Vocabulary

  • Made an Apple and Cheese Crumble dessert

  • Learned more about South Africa from National Geographic Kids

  • Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about South Africa

And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o)

Of course we always start off by reviewing all countries learned so far, then finding our newest one:


Here’s my white board for the day. Although S. Africa has 3 capitals we really only memorized Cape Town.


We worked on our Flag and Mapping Worksheets. I doubled up on these this week due to other commitments, but it went fairly well.


Of course we did our favorite activity, the animals of each country.


And here were our favorite animals, it’s hard to tell from the photo, but I think we liked the Meerkat and Rhinoceros.


We made S. Africa mini-books for our World Lapbook:


And we made Apple Crumble. This would’ve been really good had we skipped the cheddar cheese! We ended up scraping it off the top and eating the insides! I’ll share the recipe later on.


Well that wraps up our week on South Africa! Stay tuned as we head over to Kenya next week!

Click here to learn more about my Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum!


  1. Ditto. I'm from South Africa and definitely never heard of cheese on apple crumble before ! A more traditional pudding would be milk tart. It's a thickened custard in a crust. I'll dig out my recipe and add it to comments for you

  2. 3/4 cup flour, 1 Tblsp baking powder, 65 grams butter, 1 eggPreheat the oven to 180'C and grease an ovenproof dish.Rub butter into the dry ingredients. Beat egg and add to mix till you obtain a soft dough. Press into dish (paper thin) then bake blind. bake till golden.Filling2 cups Milk, 30 mls butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla essence, 3/4 cup cornflour, 1 cup of caster sugar, 4 eggsSeperate eggs and beat whites till stiff and set aside. Bring butter and milk to the boil,Add egg yolks to a jug with measurements and top up with water to 175ml. Add vanilla essence, cornflour and caster sugar to egg yellow water and mix well. No add to hot milk and cook till thick and creamy, stir over low heat constantly. When it thickens remove from heat and fold in egg whites. Pour into crust smooth over. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top then cool in fridge.Serve cold 🙂

  3. What a wonderful idea this curriculum is. I'm going to be looking more closely later today.I'm also South African, and besides the apple pie thing (as Chareen said – Milk Tart is delicious and truly South African)I just wanted to add that the Afrikaans greeting is not strictly correct. A "haai" is a shark in Afrikaans. We tend to mix our languages a lot, so many Afrikaners will say "hi" but pronounce it "haai", but the correct greeting would be "hallo" (hello) or "goeiedag" (good-day). Now if I could just figure out how to spell the 2nd one phonetically for you!

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