Our main text, again, will be A Child’s Geography. This time, we will be focusing on Volume 2, Explore the Holy Land.
Here are the lovely plans and booklists from Serendipity for the Middle East, to be followed by India.
A resource full of links for lessons on Turkey
More links and resources for Ancient Mesopotamia
A unit study on Israel
This site was my favorite place to print a map from, we will label these as we learn about the various countries
This site, All About Turkey, will be a good resource as we learn some facts about Turkey. I’d like the girls to learn a few simple facts about each place we “travel” to, as well as being able to find it on the map. (Turkey facts: mostly mountainous, 71 million people, religion – 99% muslim)
National Geographic page on Israel (Israel Facts: 7 million people, Language – Hebrew, Arabic, Religion – Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Dome of the Church)
National Geographic page on Iraq (facts about Iraq: Mesopotamia – discuss, 24 million people, Religion – Muslim,
I will print some of the Middle Eastern flags from ABCteach. (Turkey, Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan ~ these are the ones covered in A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land.)
Bible Atlas – with plastic overlays that show what the countries were in Bible times and what they are now – I need this for myself! 🙂
Bible Lands book (DK book)
The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey
Little Mouse and Elephant: A Tale from Turkey
Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folk Tale
Forty Fortunes: A Tale of Iran
The Enchanted Storks: A Tale of Bagdad
Power of Song: and other Sephardic Tales
The Legend of the Persian Carpet
The Persian Cinderella
The King and Three Thieves: A Persian Tale
Snow in Jerusalem
Sami and the Time of the Troubles
The Librarian of Basra
We will do a mini-animal study on camels using these resources:
Cappy The Lonely Camel (free unit from HSS)
Camel Lapbook (to go with Zoobook magazine)
Other books: What’s the Matter Habibi? Little Humpty, The Camel’s Lament
We will print the animal cards for Asia found here on HSS. (except there is no camel, so we’ll have to make one of those!)
I would like to make animal cards for the different types of camels, if anyone sees any somewhere let me know!
I found this book on amazon called Tales of Persia: Missionary Stories from Islamic Iran. I am very excited about this book, because I think it will be very helpful for me to read as well as the children. This book goes into detail about the beliefs of many people in the Middle East and how those beliefs differ from Christianity.
Once we move on to India, we will be learning about Amy Carmichael. We are moving to India in a few weeks, so I think we will focus on here for awhile, there are several books about her and she is one of the most famous missionaries, so I think she will be a great one to learn about!
Continent Box (for Asia)
*note ~ inside our Asia Continent Box will contain items for ALL of Asia, however I will not pull out/show the kids the things for each section of Asia until we get to that stop in our World Tour learning time. (so, I’m putting in things for China, etc, but once we start our unit on the Middle East, I will set those things aside and not show them to kids til we get to China in our learning. Clear as mud?)
Asia Animal cards from HSS (link above)
Find small camels to put in box
Here are a few Asia culture cards for the continent box
More free printables for your continent box
Montessori for Everyone has lovely continent kits for purchase (I ended up purchasing this Asia kit because I had already spent a few hours looking around the web for freebies…and Asia includes SO MUCH, I spent $20 and saved myself a LOT of time!)
China Kit ~ You can receive real China goodies in the mail! I already ordered my kit, not sure how many she may have left, but here is the link!