Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip V: Pacific States & Territories

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #162, Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip V: Pacific States & Territories, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip V: Pacific States & Territories

In “Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip V: Pacific States & Territories,” Episode, #166, Meredith Curtis becomes your tour guide a final trip through the USA—this time it’s a cruise starting in Alaska and making our way down the west coast and out to Hawaii. From the island state, we’ll make our way to our five territories. You will see some breathtaking views, enjoy delicious seafood, and venture into the Ring of Fire. Grab  your navigation chart, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your swimsuit and life jacket—there’s lot of miles sailing over the ocean! This is the fifth in our series of USA road trips—traveling is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! Today, I’m your tour guide. Ready for a whirlwind trip through the Pacific states and our 5 inhabited territoreis?

Pacific Ocean, extremes, Ring of Fire, seafood.

Alaska

Largest state, Mt. Denali, mountains, glaciers, moose, caribou, bears, bison, reindeer

Peninsula, Denali, fauna (animals), tundra, national parks & preserves, ports

Washington

Mount Saint Helens, Olympic National Park, Mount Olympus

Volcano eruption, “geological layers,” rainforest, waterfalls, mountains

Oregon

Crater Lake, Crater lake National Park

Extinct volcano, alpine lakes

California

Redwood National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree, Death Valley

Agriculture, volcanoes, islands, mountain ranges, deserts, valleys, fertile farmland, earthquakes

Hawaii

Missionaries, Coral Church

Archipelago, volcanoes, multicultural population, missionaries

American Samoa

Fiafia, Christian influence

Archipelago, natural harbor, coral reefs, volcanoes, mountains, rainforests, tropical flowers, tropical fruits

Northern Mariana Islands

Tinian, Diving for WWII weapons or artifacts

Mariana Trench, World War II, shipwrecks, diving

Guam

Pacific War Musuem, Capital Hagnatna

World War II, history of island, division between Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

US Virgin Islands

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, Estate Whim Plantation, coral reef diving

Archipelago, Danish culture, archipelago, sugar mill, sugar plantation, coral reef, SCUBA diving, snorkeling

Puerto Rico

Fort Fortaleza, Castillo San felipe del Morro, Palacio de Santa Catalina

Tropical archipelago, mountains, hurricanes,

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Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Stamps & Coins by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Sorting Mats by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World God Bless the USA National Parks Memory Game by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & West States

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #165, Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & Western States, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & Western States

In “Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & West States,” Episode, #165, Meredith Curtis becomes your tour guide on a road trip through 10 states and two tribal nations in the Southwest and West region of the country. You will see some breathtaking views and meet some wild west heroes. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your camera and extra water—we’ll spend a lot of time driving—there’s a lot of miles to cover in this wide-open country! This is the fourth in our series of USA road trips—traveling is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! Today, I’m your tour guide. Ready for a whirlwind trip through the the Southwest & West?

Spanish & Native American Influence.

Cherokee Nation

Trail of Tears—from NC to OK. Cherokee Heritage Center

Native lands, reservations, Trail of Tears, Native populations

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City: Underground, capital, National Cowboy Hall of Fame

Capital, capitol, city planning, oil refining, stockyards, cattle ranches

Texas

Culture of Texas, The Alamo

Spanish influence in Southwest, forts, missions, Texas indepence, wars, Texas statehood, landscape

New Mexico

Culture of New Mexico, Santa Fe, San Miguel Chapel, Pueblos

Native Americans, Pueblo homes, Spanish missions, oldest capital city in USA, landforms

Four Corners

Navajo Nation, Four Corners

Territories to states, boundary lines, desert, mountains, landmarks, Native tribes

Arizona

Desert, Grand Canyon

Desert, saguaro cactus, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, canyons, cliffs, rock formations, living in a desert

Colorado

Mountains, Ski Resorts

Colorado mountains, snow line, mountain safety, mountain recreation, valleys, mesas, forests, canyons, plateaus, lakes, rivers

Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats, National Parks

Red sandstone cliffs, arches, rock formations, mountains, desert, salt flats, salt lake, mining salt

Nevada

Silver, Kit Carson, Carson City, Virginia City

Silver and gold mining, mining towns, ghost towns, Kit Carson, mountain men, capital, capitol, desert

Wyoming

Cowboys, Rodeos, Native Americans, Yellowstone National Park

Cattle ranching, rodeos, Native Americans, tribal land, national parks, mountains, plains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, geysers

Montana

Fourth largest state, mining, copper mining, Ringing Rocks

Forests, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, valleys, farming, cattle ranching, mining boom towns, ghost towns, ski resorts

Idaho

Potato farming, farming, ranching, gems, birthplace of TV, Lava Hot Springs

Hot springs, farming, ranching, gem mining, westward trails, rivers, white water rafting, resort towns

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Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Stamps & Coins by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Sorting Mats by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World God Bless the USA National Parks Memory Game by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip III: Midwest States

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #164, Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip III: Midwest States, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip III: Midwest States

In “Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip III: Midwest States,” Episode, #164, Meredith Curtis becomes your tour guide on a boat and road trip through all 12 states in the Midwest region of the country. You will visit natural wonders, landmarks, and the third largest city in the country. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your life jacket—we’ll spend a lot of time in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River! This is the third in our series of USA road trips—traveling is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! Today, I’m your tour guide. Ready for a whirlwind trip through the the Midwest states?

Ohio

Great Lakes-Lake Huron, A Christmas Story Museum

Metropolis, urban, rural, museum, movie setting, 1900s history, Great Lakes, Port of Cleveland, Lake Huron

Michigan

Mackinac Island,

Ferry, straits, island, suspension bridge, Great Lakes, Lake Huron

Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park

Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, sand dunes

Illinois

Chicago, Navy Pier

City planning, skyline, construction, skyscrapers, pier, Lake Michigan

Wisconsin

Apostle Islands

Archipelago, sandstone, sea caves, lighthouses, shipwrecks, winter freeze

Minnesota

Minneapolis, St. Paul

historic buildings, cathedrals, architecture, skyscrapers, restored buildings, Mississippi River

Iowa

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Natural Bridge, Balanced Rock, tributaries, limestone bluffs, caves, overlooks, rock formations, creek, stream, river

Missouri

St. Louis, Independence, Westward Trails

Westward Trails, St. Louis, St. Louis Arch, Independence, Lewis & Clark’s Discovery Corps, Mississippi River

Kansas 

Fort Leavenworth

US Army bases, westward expansion, forts, missionaries, soldiers, Native Americans, pioneers

Nebraska

Fort Kearny

Oregon Trail, Fort Kearny, Pony Express, Pawnee scouts, homesteading, archaeology, historical documents

South Dakota

Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood

boom towns, gold, mining, mines, carving stone, Mount Rushmore, Black Hills

North Dakota

Badlands, Cowboy Hall of Fame

Badlands, canyons, ravines, gullies, buttes, mesas, rocks, clay-rich soil, Petrified Forest

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Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip II: Mid-Atlantic States & New England

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #163, Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip II: Mid-Atlantic & New England States, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip II: Mid-Atlantic States & New England

In “Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip II: Mid-Atlantic States & New England,” Episode, #162, Meredith Curtis becomes your tour guide on a road trip through each state in the Mid-Atlantic and New England starting with Maryland and ending in Maine. You will visit natural wonders, landmarks, and visit some of the oldest cities in the country. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your jacket—it can get chilly in the northeast! This is the second in our series of USA road trips—traveling is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! Today, I’m your tour guide. Ready for a whirlwind trip through the the Mid-Atlantic states and New England?

Maryland

Life on the Chesapeake Bay, Delmarva Penninsula

Bays, estuary, port cities, natural harbors, Delmarva peninsula, boating, fishing industry, catching blue crabs, natural resources

Delaware

Dover Air Force Base

Delaware Bay, Delaware River, military, capital, location of bases, military towns, bridges, canals

New Jersey

Cape May

Cape, peninsula, borders, boundary lines, natural disasters, history

Pennsylvania

Independence Hall & Historic Places

Ports, industry, waterways, history, landmarks, symbols, airports, flight

New York

Niagara Falls

Boundary lines, borders, waterfalls, rivers, Great Lakes, interstate highway system, hydroelectric power

Connecticut

Hartford

Capital, capitol, Constitution, landmarks, symbols, resourcefulness

Rhode Island

Newport-the Breakers

History, architecture, homes, scenic drives, islands, island towns

Massachusetts

Boston Freedom Trail

History, harbor, churches,

New Hampshire

Recreation in the White Mountains

Lake, mountains, scenery

Vermont

Stowe

Village, history, ski resort, resort towns

Maine

Puffin & Whale Watching

Fauna (animals), coastline, lobster fishing, ocean

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Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Stamps & Coins by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Sorting Mats by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World God Bless the USA National Parks Memory Game by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #162, Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States

In “Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip I: Southern States,” Episode, #162, Meredith Curtis becomes your tour guide on a road trip through each state in the Deep South starting with Florida and ending in Arkansas. You will visit natural wonders, landmarks, and taste good ole Southern cooking. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your sunscreen—it’s hot in the South! This is the first in our series of USA road trips—traveling is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! Today, I’m your tour guide. Ready for a whirlwind trip through the southern states?

Florida

Everglades, St. Augustine

Pennisula, estuary

Sonny’s, Publix, sugarcane, oranges, sweet corn

Georgia

Savannah

Mouth of a river, Intercoastal Waterway

Waffle House, Chick-Fil-A, peaches, pecans, boiled peanuts

South Carolina

Gullah, Charleston

Barrier islands

Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce

North Carolina

Kitty Hawk-Wright Brothers

Virginia

Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Skyline Drive

5 Guys

West Virginia

New River Gorge Rafting

Southern Cooking

Kentucky

Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Mammoth Cave

Tennessee

Nashville, Smokey Mountains

Alabama

Huntsville

Tuskagee

Mississippi

Gulf Shores National Seashore

Louisiana

New Orleans

Steamboat

Arkansas

Hot Springs

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Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Stamps & Coins by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Sorting Mats by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World God Bless the USA National Parks Memory Game by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

Online Resources about Ukraine and Russia

Online Resources about Ukraine and Russia for Homeschoolers

170: Online Resources about Ukraine and Russia

In this episode, you will find online resources about Ukraine and Russia you can use in your homeschool. There are resources that relate to the current conflict but also resources to learn about the history, geography, and culture of the two countries involved.

Instagram accounts mentioned in this episode

@fundafundaeducation (show sponsor)
@sharonsayso
@smarthernews
@mosheh
@elona

Other general resources

iCivics has just released a new foreign policygame both online and as an app (all versions are free) – Convene the Council

View the relative size of Russia and Ukraine on this website.

Ukraine resources

Video made by a Ukrainian

Animated History of Ukraine

Ducksters page on Ukraine

Ukraine unit study from Eclectic Homeschool

Russia resources

Ted Ed videos on Where Did Russia Come From and Why Putin Wants Ukraine

Geography Now video on Russia

Animated History of Russia

Ducksters page on Russia

Unit Studies from Peanutbutter Fish Lessons and Learn In Color.

Other ideas

  • online flag puzzles
  • listen to the languages
  • online quizzes (one suggestion is this this Sporcle quiz on Russian Geography
  • print off coloring pages

Suggested projects on these countries

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Travel to Learn Geography

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #143, Travel to Learn Geography, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkTravel to Learn Geography

In “Travel to Learn Geography,” Episode, #143, Meredith Curtis shares how traveling to other states and countries have taught her so much about their culture, natural resources, farming, businesses,  landforms, and religion. Meredith shares how to start with travel locally, statewide, and beyond your borders. Best of all, Meredith gives practical tips and fun ways to travel right from your family room.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

I love to travel! Trains, cars, planes, boats—even buses. The thrill of adventure gets me every time.

Netherlands: bikes, tall, cheese, read the street signs in Dutch, but not understand a word of English, canals, canal houses, Corrie ten Boom house

Rome: Jail cell of Paul, 3-layers of churches, the art in the Vatican, the magnificence of the Colosseum, that’s where Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

London: Tube, cathedrals, museums, Rosetta Stone, mummies, Gutenberg Bibles, rose gardens, tea at the Orangery

Start Where You Are/Travel Locally

I live in Florida. Smack dab in the center.

Farms (pick-your-own places—chat with owners)

Museums

Sunday Drives (Lake Mary, Pembroke Pines, 46 to I-95)

Explores

What is in your city?

Travel Statewide

Beaches, Tide Pools, Sand Dunes, Grasses, Life everywhere!

Birds, Alligators, Flowers, Blue Skies

Coral Reefs down in the Keys

Rolling hills in the panhandle

Lake Okeechobee, St. John’s River—Boating, too!

Parks, Forests, Wilderness Areas, Wet Walks, Swamps, Airboats

Cities, Heritage Neighborhoods, Local Museums

St. Augustine, Theme Parks, NASA

What is in Your State?

Across the USA

So much to see!

  • Swamps, Beachs, Farms, Lakes, Rolling hills in the South
  • Chesapeake Bay, Farms, Hills, Famous Cities in the Mid-Atlantic
  • Mountains, History, Famous Cities, Farms, Villages in New England
  • Plains, Great Lakes, Farm Belt, Rust Belt in Midwest
  • Cattle Ranching, Oil Rigs, Rugged Terrain in Southwest
  • Mountains, Arches, Ranches in West
  • Diverse from Arctic to Tropical in the Pacific

Travel to Other Countries

Start with our Territories: US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa

  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Oceania (Polynesia in old books)
  • Antartica

Travel from Your Family Room

Books

Movies

Travel Videos

Travel Journal

Travel God’s World Geography

Travel God’s World Cookbook

Restaurants

Maps

Mapping

Photos

Travel With “Travel God’s World Series”

Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel to London Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Travel the World Country Report Lapbook by Meredith Curtis

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Flexible Scheduling Can Work for You!

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #141, Flexible Scheduling Can Work for You!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkFlexible Scheduling Can Work for You!

In “Flexible Scheduling Can Work for You!,” Episode, #141, Meredith Curtis can help you if you feel overwhelmed by trying to get it all done. Is there a way to schedule that is flexible enough to deal with the interruptions every day brings? Can a free spirit live a scheduled life? Yes! If it’s flexible. Flexible scheduling brings order to the chaos while still leaving room to be spontaneous and fun!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

I sat down with another homeschool mom who confessed her kids hadn’t gotten any schoolwork done the whole year (it was November), the house was a constant mess, and she had all these homeschool dreams, but she was giving up.

She needed help!

We can be led by the moment or derailed by the interruptions of our day. It is hard to direct children who want to do their own thing when you are up all night with a sick baby.

Yet, you look at rigid moms who run a tight ship and you think, “That’s not me.”

Or you were on a rigid schedule at one time in your life and now it is IMPOSSIBLE to stay on a schedule. What can  you do?

I have help for everyone! A schedule is your servant, not your master, but it is a great servant.

Change the Template

Instead of thinking in hours (from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), I have learned to think in blocks of time (between breakfast and lunch). It makes more sense as a mom.

Our days have these blocks of time:

  • Before Breakfast
  • Breakfast (short for some and long for others)
  • Between Breakfast and Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Between Lunch and Dinner
  • Dinner
  • After Dinner
  • Bedtime Ritual.

These things happened in your house every day. Your bedtime ritual might be a nightmareish showdown, but you have one. Breakfast may be on the run dashing to homeschool co-op, but your kids eat it.

Reality Check!

When we don’t have a plan, things fall into chaos.

When we don’t give direction to our children for the day, they slide into neutral, the easiest thing for their brains—TV, videos, internet, napping, eating.

If I am led by my “heart” I will eat candy and watch old TV shows or talk on the phone all day. Poof! The day is gone.

Psalm 90 verse 12 addresses this:

So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

What Really Matters

I like to step back and thing about what really matters to me.

  • What do I want to run my days and weeks to look like?
  • What do I want to accomplish each week (chores, school work, free time, reading time)?
  • I want Jesus to be Lord of my homeschool. But what does that look like?

Ask yourself questions like these so you can determine what you want the days/weeks to look like. Be practical and realistic, not idealistic here.

Then examine yourself, your husband, and your children. What factors will play into this plan?

When my children were little, I discovered that we all worked best in the morning.

In addition, my parents raised me to work first, play second.

Now everyone will come up with their own values and priorities. What’s important is that you know what truly matters to you because if  you don’t take that into account, it will derail your plans.

Planning Blocks of Time

  • Think about when your family members get up and when you eat breakfast on average. How much time is there?
  • Think about eating breakfast. Is there time to read the Bible during breakfast and pray together afterward? Will that work or not?
  • Think about mornings. About how much time do you normally have between breakfast and lunch? Remember the real not ideal.
  • Lunch time. Does everyone talk? Is everyone on their phone? Can the phones be turned in and read poetry together or listen to audios during lunch? Or does everyone need that time to just eat and visit?
  • How long is there normally between lunch and dinner? When thinking about time, exclude time you need to prepare dinner?
  • After dinner. We are unable to commit to any schoolwork or chores after dinner, but some families are just revving up. What is your family like after dinner?

Now plug in subjects, chores, reading time, play time, screen time, and free time into the schedule.

Example from out house:

  • For us, we’ve always done math first thing five days a week. It’s like a good brain stretch.
  • My children do their “5 things” (brush teeth/hair; get dressed; make bed; straighten room; personal Quiet Time) before breakfast.
  • We like to read quietly after lunch while babies nap.
  • We do history and science all together, but everyone does spelling and grammar on their own.

Here is a sample weekly (M-F) schedule using Flexible Scheduling.

Monday Schedule Tuesday Schedule Wednesday Schedule Thursday Schedule Friday Schedule

Reality Check!

One thing I had to constantly remind myself was that to HOMEschool, I had to be at home quite a bit. I often overscheduled.

Moving Blocks of Time

That’s why I always schedule free time in. Then when things come up, I can move my schedule around.

Reality Check!

When the kids were older, there was a family schedule and then each teen had a schedule. I helped them make it, but really they made it. We would make a schedule at the beginning of the year and then tweak it after 3-4 weeks.

Tweaking Schedules

I cannot tell you how many schedules I have made that were unrealistic. No, I just can’t seem to get up at 5 a.m. for the spin class at the Y. No, I can’t get math work check in 20 minutes per day. No, I can’t fit ballet lessons, piano lessons, and tennis lessons. One or things will have to go.

Posting Schedules

I would always give each child a copy of the family schedule and their own personal one. Next, I hung all the schedules on the homeschool cabinet door. It made it easy to remember what they were working on. High school schedules were super complicated as they added co-op classes, sports, and ministry at church.

You can see some of our schedules below.

 

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Learn Geography in the Kitchen!

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #140, Learn Geography in the Kitchen!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Learn Geography in the Kitchen!

In “Learn Geography in the Kitchen!” Episode, #140, Meredith Curtis introduces you to global cuisine that your children can cook, bake, and eat. Learning is more fun in the kitchen and that’s true of geography, too. You can travel from continent to continent learning about popular foods and places to visit. A springboard to a unit study or delight-directed rabbit trail is always a possibility!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Your children can cook, bake, and eat their way across the world. Learning is more fun in the kitchen and that’s true of geography, too. You can travel from continent to continent learning about popular foods and places to visit.

Start by looking at a map of the continent and talking about some of the foods that are native to the region.

I also like to explore places that are beautiful and interesting. You can do all of this with Travel God’s World Cookbook: maps, flags, info about each continent, places to visit list, foods to try list, and recipes!

North America

Canada and the USA are huge countries that take up all the space in the third largest continent. Though Central America is considered part of North America, I’m going to talk about Central America separately.

Places to Visit

  • Niagara Falls
  • Rockies (in US and Canada)
  • Nortre-Dame Basilica
  • Grand Canyon
  • Pike’s Peak
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Kennedy Space Center

Foods to Try:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Tourtiere (beef and meat pie)
  • Poutine (fries covered in gravey and cheese curds)
  • Grits
  • Hamburgers
  • Fried Chicken
  • Apple Pie

Central America

Mexico, El Salvadore, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Guatamala, and Nicaragua make up Central America.

Beautiful beaches, hot deserts, and majestic mountains make it a lovely place to explore.

Places to Visit:

  • Totihuacan (pyramids)
  • Guanajuato
  • Acapulco
  • Ruta de las Flores
  • Lake Ilopango (lake in a volcano crater)
  • Tazumal (Mayan ruins)
  • Snorkle off Caye Caulker Island
  • Rio Celeste Waterfall

Foods to Try:

  • Tamales
  • Tostados
  • Enchiladas
  • Pupasas
  • Yuca Frita
  • Tres Leches Cake

Caribbean

The Caribbean is filled with tropical islands like St. Lucia, Curacao, Bahamas, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Aruba, Barbados, Grenada, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Places to Visit:

  • The Beaches
  • Historic Churches
  • Gardens
  • Plantation Museums

Foods to Try:

  • Conch
  • Mango Chutney
  • Coconut Rice
  • Breadfruit
  • Plantains
  • Sugar cakes
  • Pina Colada

South America

Twelve nations make up South America and each has its own flavor and food.

Places to Visit:

  • Angels Falls
  • Igauzu Falls
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking Rio De Janeiro
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • Cathedrals
  • Monestaries
  • Colonial Towns
  • Cachu Picchu (Inca ruins)
  • Galapogos Islands
  • Atacama Desert

Food to Try:

  • Black Beans
  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Cuy (Guinea Pig)
  • Alpaca
  • Cheesy Potatoes
  • Flan
  • Coffee

Europe

The second-smallest continent is jam-packed with countries! There is a so much to see and taste.

Places to Visit:

  • Big Ben
  • Westminster Cathedral
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame
  • Charles Bridge/Prague Castle
  • Venice
  • Assisi
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Swiss Alps
  • Vatican
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Alhambra

Foods to Try:

  • Fish and Chips
  • Paella
  • Coq au Vin
  • Ratatouille
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Rye Bread
  • Fondue
  • Schnitzel
  • Gelato

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Africa

Exotic Africa is home to 54 countries! Wow! From deserts to savannahs to jungles, this continent has it all including majestic mountains.

Places to Visit:

  • Pyramids
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mouont Kilimanjara
  • Safari Animals at Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Gorillas & Chimpanzees at Virunga National Park
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Zanzibar
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius

Food to Try:

  • Akara Balls
  • Kushari
  • Chicken Tagine
  • Bobotie
  • Curried Cabbage
  • Red Lentils with Yams
  • Tahini Dip
  • Puff Puff
  • Honey Cakes

Asia

Asia is BIG! From the    Hialayan Mountains to the tropical rainforests of Vietnam to the deserts of the Middle East, Asia is unique in its cultures and peoples.

Places to Visit:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City
  • Mount Fuji
  • Taj Mahal
  • The Grand Palace Bangkok
  • Singapore
  • Dead Sea
  • Sea of Gallilee
  • Temple Mount in Jerusalem
  • Ephesus
  • Cappadocia

Foods to Try:

  • Hummus
  • Spicy Edamame
  • Chop Suey
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Boba Tea
  • Pineapple Cakes

Australia & Oceania

From the glaciers of New Zealand to the tropical rainforests of the Polynesia, Oceania is full of wonder and beauty. Australia is the smallest continent with New Zealand nearby. Oceania is made up of many tropical island nations.

Places to Visit:

  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Bondi Beach
  • Outback
  • Kangeroo Island
  • Fiji
  • Sopoaga Waterfall, Samoa
  • Faarumai Waterfalls, Tahiti
  • Varirate National Park, Papua New Guinea

Foods to Try:

  • Kiwi Dip
  • Cheese & Bacon Roll
  • Dagwood Dog (similar to corn dogs)
  • Chicken Fafa
  • Emu
  • Crocodile
  • Kangeroo
  • Green Chicken Curry Pie
  • Kokoda (raw fish with citrus and coconut milk)
  • Mumu (leafy greens, root vegetables, meat, fruit, coconut milk cooked in a banana leaf-lined pit)
  • Palusami (taro leaves & onions in coconut milk)
  • Fairy Bread
  • Lamingtons

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Online Grammar Games

Online grammar games

108: Online Grammar Games

This year I have put together an online Writing Fun class for middle schoolers and decided to add online grammar games to each week’s work.These are ones I found that are worth sharing with your elementary and middle school children.

Madtakes – an online version of Madlibs

Brainpop – Most of the grammar concepts listed have a “Sortify” game to use for practice

Freerice – Freerice has a grammar category

Semicolon Wars: The fight for Punctuation Island – This game from Mr. Nussbaum teaches more than just semicolon usage as you progress through different levels trying to win the island

Extreme Sentence Surgeons Saving Critically Injured Paragraphs – Another game from Mr. Nussbaum where players need to correct the mistakes in paragraphs

Sporcle – Search for the grammar games and then look through for appropriate one like “Grammar Police”.

Abcya has a number of grammar games eg “Journey to Past Tense” which takes players on an adventure as they practice grammar.

RoomRecess has two arcade style games that teach grammar – “Grammar Police” and “Grammar Gladiator”.

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