You know how people will ask, “Where would you love to visit if money and time was no limit?” My brain locks up because there are SOOOOO many places I want to visit. SO many. Our geography lessons let me virtually visit a country as we read about them, put together a few projects, and of course eat a meal. So here’s what I’ve written of our Europe unit study, which is a unit study of unit studies….
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To start off, you need the Europe notebooking pages
This is what I base my notebooking pages around.
Just with these notebooking pages you can learn a fair amount about the country. You’ll learn where it is, what the flag and seal look like. Then you’ll have some nice general information like size and population or climate.
Which leads to a great inside joke for our family. Princess was in charge of the research for one of the countries and she wrote for the climate, “It be cold.” Its climate was 76 degrees, not all that cold. She wasn’t really sure why she wrote that and now whenever we talk about these things she jokes about it complete with the bad grammar.
If you want a quick overview of all the countries, or all of the countries Geography Now has done for Europe so far, then check out this playlist:
These videos are a great starting point for our studies because it covers most of the information I want my kids to know, AND has the added benefit of being fun to watch.
Oh, and I love their April Fools’ videos.
Let’s dive into our Europe unit studies
Some of these have been done for ages, but there were so many activities that it’s taken me years to get them all written up, or some I don’t know how to duplicate what we originally did. So if you’re wondering why there’s not a unit study for England or France, that’s why. England is an especially tricky one.
Okay, let’s drop into the Europe unit study.
- Europe notebooking pages
- Luxembourg unit study
- Scotland Unit Study
- Switzerland unit study
- Portugal Unit Study
- Croatia unit study
- Iceland unit study
- Ireland unit study
- Finland unit study
- Malta unit study
- Monaco unit study
- Andorra Unit Study
Some places that our Europe unit study is so far just books
Not too surprisingly the more well-known countries in Europe tend to be just book lists right now. Seriously, I’ve got a draft for my France unit study sitting there and it just scares me. I really need to man up and just get it done, but all the projects, and then I think of a side project about just World War 2, and my squirrel brain is gone.
Expect to see a fair amount added to this Europe unit study over the next few months because I’ve been busy hitting all of the easier to study countries, like Vatican City. My kids are greatly amused by a country that is smaller than our neighborhood.
Not too surprisingly, there are very few books for Vatican City unless you want to get into different Catholic saints, and those I tend to put with the places they are from….
I’m going to put a great big caveat on our foods, and say sometimes they are inspired by the country, partially because of my lack of culinary skill, partially because I couldn’t find a good recipe/ingredients, and partially because I want my family to actually eat these meals.
I will also add in, some countries have more than one recipe from there because we’ve redone the country since preschool, or because we like that style of food.
I’m also leaving out any recipes that are printed as part of the unit study, this is only a list of European recipes all by themselves.
- Earl Grey Shortbread recipe (England)
- Zuppa Tuscana (Italy)
- Paella (Spain)
- Danish meatballs (Denmark)
- Swiss Mac and Cheese (Switzerland)
- Beef Stroganoff (vaguely Russia, I was told by an authentic Russian this is not Russian food)
- Pumpkin spice scones (England, this might be what started all the cooking)
- Swedish meatballs (Sweden)
- Spanish Chicken in Sherry (Spain)
- Skillet Cordon Bleu (France)