Trip to Europe
We concluded our study of Europe today with a Norse myth about Thor's hammer, The Dragon of Krakow (a Polish folktale), and a Swedish story about trolls. While we listened to the stories, we worked on salt dough maps of Europe. Can you tell which European countries your child made? I hope that the stories and the artwork will leave a strong impression on the children so that they will remember them in years to come as they learn more about geography and history. Ask your child if they can tell you one of the stories.
We talked today about preparing our class presentations, and many of them are excited to tell the class a folktale. If they enjoyed this week's stories, then perhaps they will tell us another story from this part of the world!
Also in class, the students practiced using atlases to do research. Each student had to find the answer to several questions. After discovering the answers, we shared them with the class. Do they remember their questions? Perhaps they can teach you something new about Europe. Do you know where Lapland is? What country is on the Jutland Peninsula? In what country will you find Transylvania?
Next week we move to Asia, learning about the geography and stories of China.