I don’t know about your kids, but my kids need structure and routine during this time of physical distancing.
Next week is spring break. Our teachers will finally get a well-deserved break, but as parents this leaves us without a daily routine. Since we’re unable to physically go away, I’ve decided to take my kids on a virtual trip around the world instead.
This fun homeschool investigation will give us a sense of purpose, provide structure to our free days, and allow us to learn about some interesting places at the same time.
We’ll explore the sights, sounds, foods and cultures of South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia over the next week. Since this unit is only a week, we’ll just be skimming the surface of these fascinating continents. It would take weeks to thoroughly explore even one country. But, for the purposes of this unit and the ages of the children involved, this unit will give us a good geographical overview of our rich, culturally diverse world.
Overview of the Continents – Preparation
Here’s a brief overview you can do with your kids before you take off on your virtual trip.
Have your children complete the personal details page of the passport before you go. You can get stamps, mini landmark pictures, or stickers to put in the passport for each country you visit.
Print out and display a world map in your house. We’ll be referring to it throughout the week. Have your children locate the 7 continents on the map with a pointer, ruler or other long object. You can have one child point to the map while you sing the ‘continents song’ (see below).
- This link will take you to a page with several printable world map options. This is the map I’ve chosen to print.
The Continents Song
The Continent Song sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?” is available as a free download here at teacherspayteachers.com. This cute song has actions to help children learn the approximate locations of each of the continents.
Sing this song with your children to get them ready for the trip:
Continent Fun Facts
For a list of fun continent facts for kids, click here.
If you’d like to show a video of interesting continent facts just for kids ABCmouse.com has a good one here.
Links to each day of our trip
As I finish creating a menu of activities for each continent, I’ll include the link here so you can use this post to navigate to each continent.
The activities listed under each continent are meant as a menu. Pick and choose the ones that best suit your child’s age and interests.