Good morning friends! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on the Netherlands! Of course we started off our week finding Netherland on the map and stamping our passports with their flag. Our flags are taking over our wall map! But it’s fun to see how much land we’ve covered!



Here are some of the things we covered this week:

  • Located Netherlands on the map and completed our mapping worksheet
  • Learned about their flag
  • How to say “Hello” in Dutch– Hoi or Hello
  • Prayed for the Netherlands people
  • Learned a song in Dutch
  • Completed a lapbook activity
  • Learned about and classified 6 animals of Netherlands
  • Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Ford
  • Learned about Windmills and made a craft
  • Completed an Ice Skating Craft (I wasn’t brave enough to actually go ice skating!)
  • Went Bowling
  • Had a cheese tasting party. Cheeses from Netherlands include Gouda, Edam, Roomano, Herb Cheese, Goat’s cheese, Smoked Cheeses and more!
  • Learned more about Netherlands from National Geographic
  • Made homemade bread pudding


After locating the country on the world wall map, we learn a little bit about the flag and color it in our student notebook.



We also learned some basics about the country and marked some of the main landmarks.



We added our mini-book to our world lapbook. It’s getting full!



Of course we learned all about some super cool animals!



After learning all about the country we made some fun post cards to “send back home”… or in our case, read aloud to each other!



What would a trip to the Netherlands be without learning about the super cool windmills there. And of course we had to try our hand at making our own! I knew my Starbucks Via packs would come in handy LOL!



TBT 2010: We did Expedition Earth way back in 2010 and I always look back to see some of the fun things we did. Here are a few of the fun things we did last time around!

We made this cute 3-D Ice Skating Craft.


Since it was snowy outside, we went sledding.


We made this fun Windmill craft. I have to say this was a little harder than expected. The wire was difficult to work with, thankfully we have jewelry making tools so that helped quite a bit.


We learned a little about Klompen (Wooden Shoes) then made some out of poster board and looked at some pretty ones online.


Of course we had a blast singing our Dutch Song this week. We even broke out the pretend microphoen for willing participants.

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And we stamped our passports as we ended the week’s study!



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Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for K-5th grade students. Students will learn the continents, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, try new foods, crafts and more, all through hands-on activities!



  1. I’m totally fascinated by this and your other geography unit. Do you do this in lieu of history or in conjunction. In other words, this year I’m doing California History and Western Expansion but next year I’m doing US History. I was thinking the state book would be awesome together. But I want to do the world one now because it looks so fun. Lol. Would you just dive in and slowly work through it? Just curious how you do this with your kiddos (I’m sure you have a video about this).

    Miki Thompson
    1. I do this as our history and science for the year. Then I usually do my Road Trip USA unit the following year. I do not add in anything extra as it’s a little bit too much.

  2. I don’t know what age you would be comfortable to begin teaching about the Holocaust, but when you do, there is a book entitled Edith’s Story about a girl from Hague, Netherlands. It’s a true story of her time in the Netherlands hiding in plain sight. She details what life was like before, during, and after the war in the Netherlands.

    Lori H.
  3. Hi Erica
    I don’t say this enough but I am so thankful to the Lord for you, your family and your website! You are a hugs blessing.
    We have used Expedition Earth and Letter of the Week and various of your studies and planners for years and we love them.
    What I am inspired by even more though is your systematic planning and presentation of things on your blog. I have learnt and grown so much through that – so here’s a BIG THANK YOU!! You are helping so much.
    I like to keep your blog open on my browser / phone sometimes to remind me of stuff that has inpspired me to do better in our homeschooling journey.

    lots of love,

  4. I was looking at the vlog you posted about Expedition Earth and you recommend A Trip Around the World. When I looked at the sample I didn’t see it as a resource. Has this changed?

    Jennifer Smith
    1. Yes, I need to do a new video for it since I’ve upgrade the Expedition Earth so you don’t need any other resources yay! I wanted to make it even more cost effective for everyone! I do still have a couple of extra outside resources that are recommended, but they’re really optional and just great add-ins 🙂


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