Weeks 24 and 25 of school we learned about southeast Asia using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 14.
We made southeast Asia map puzzles.
We watched videos (anthems, Indonesian animals, and Kris)
We watched even more videos (wayang plays, Philippine Eagles)
We watched even more videos (dances)
We watched a video showing an Asian market.
The boys acted out The Monkey and the Crocodile.
Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about Mali using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.
We did map work.
We watched some videos about Mali.
We made flags of Mali.
We talked about the importance of the Niger River.
We watched some more videos about Mali.
We tried mangoes.
Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Hungary using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.
We labeled several cities on the map of Hungary.
The boys gave reports on famous Hungarians. Cameron chose Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Fritz picked Franz Liszt, and Adrian chose Erno Rubik.
We watched a video about the history of Hungary (focused mostly on World War II).
We ate Hungarian Goulash (with some paprika my parents brought back several years ago from Szeged Hungary).
We looked at Hungarian Easter eggs my parents brought back from Hungary. (We also looked at some from Romania.)
We decorated hard boiled eggs like Hungarians decorate Easter eggs.
We went on a virtual tour of Hungary via YouTube.
We looked at pictures from when my parents went to Hungary.
Week 19 of school we learned about Russia using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 11.
The boys gave oral reports on famous Russians (Cameron picked Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Fritz chose Vladimir Putin, and Adrian picked Nikita Khrushchev).
Russia was easy to find on the map.
We did mapwork.
We watched videos on the Kremlin and Russian ballet,.
We played with Matryoshka dolls.
We discussed propoganda in general and propoganda about Stalin specifically
The younger two boys played Chess while we watched Peter and the Wolf.
We ate Chicken Kiev, peas, salad, and rolls for dinner.
Weeks 17 and 18 of school we learned about Switzerland using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 10.
The boys found Switzerland on the world map.
We colored a map of Switzerland dividing it into languages and cultures.
We compared the size of Switzerland to Texas and discovered we could fit almost 9 Switzerlands inside one Texas.
We had Museli and hot chocolate for breakfast.
We watched videos of yodeling and Apline horns.
We painted Swiss flags.
We made a model of a cable car.
The boys looked up different Swiss castles and gave oral reports on them.
Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about the Balkans using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.
Each boy picked a famous person from the Balkans to give an oral report on. Cameron chose Nikola Tesla (and had us watch a documentary about him), Fritz picked Aristotle Onassis, and Adrian chose Mother Teresa.
We watched a video tour of the Danube and an… odd, yet talented, dancing group.
We did mapwork.
We made travel brochures. Both Cameron and Adrian put in that a guy we used to do taekwondo with is from the Balkans as one of the reasons people should visit there.
We had a snack of feta cheese and kalamata olives.
We watched a video about Albanian animals.
We watched a couple videos of Greek dancing.
We made a martenitsa doll.
Weeks 13 and 14 of school we learned about Germany using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 8.
We did map work.
The boys each picked a famous German to research and give an oral report on. Cameron chose Gabriel Fahrenheit, Fritz picked Oscar F. Meyer, and Adrian chose Carl Benz.
We made German flag pins.
We looked at my chunk of the Berlin Wall.
We watched several YouTube videos on the Berlin Wall and the fall of it.
We watched a video about Oktoberfest.
We listened to songs by Beethoven and Brahms.
We made a little puppet wearing lederhosen.
We watched a video of The Pied Piper of Hamelin and then acted it out.