Let’s Go to the Land Down Under!!!
Doing a thematic study on Australia has always been on my mind as we have many books we could refer to about this country. Lapbook resources are widely available on the internet (most of which are free). And so we began our social & geography studies on Australia.
I must confess though, preparing the lapbook resources on Australia took me a while to gather as they were not consolidated at one location. So the links I'll be sharing will direct you to various websites for printing/downloading.
While doing social & geography studies, I thought it'd be a good idea to have a world map plastered somewhere at home where the children could see and learn to identify the shapes of the different countries and the location of where they are in the world map. So when you are doing your read aloud session and if there is any mention of countries in the story, you could easily point it out on the map to your kids.
I am truly grateful that our libraries in Singapore is quite well stocked up with great books on Australia. Whenever I needed ideas for books to borrow I'd do a search on the Amazon.com and many titles would pop out with book reviews and some books even have sample pages made available. That will give you a rough guide as to whether the book is suitable for your and your child's liking.
These were the books we've borrowed from the library as we did the studies on Australia. Picture books are definitely a great way to learn. We've enjoyed the time sitting together reading through the books while learning about Australia. (Tip: If you are strapped for time and do not fancy printing and preparing all the elements to work on a lapbook, just READ books together!)
Lapbooks serve as a good record of what we've learned. It helps to reinforce what has been read through the story books and it's certainly a better alternative to worksheets and workbooks. It could be referred to many times over, as the child grows up he'll not only learn the facts but would have many fond memories of the time spent with mom working on this lapbook.
Here are the links to the various activities in the lapbook you could refer to:
- Look what came from Australia
- Continent 3-Part Cards
- Names of Australia
- Continents of the World
- Flags of Australia
- Australia Day Activities
- Aboriginal Dot Art
You might want to draw some inspiration on this thematic study from this mom here.
If all you have is time for one art & craft activity after reading the picture books, this might be a fun activity to do. It's a koala formed by many heart shapes. You could get the printable from here.
Or you might want to decorate a boomerang the Aborigines style. Here's where you could download and print.
Made this Australia post card complete with stamps and the kids had a chance to pretend writing & sending a post card out of Australia.
You might want to bake a Lamington cake with your children to add on the fun in this thematic studies of Australia. The hands-on experience will definitely give the children a deeper impression of what they have just learned. Better still, if you could throw in a trip to Australia that'll certainly complete the learning experience!
Have fun learning and playing with your little ones!
*To add onto the fun of learning country names and their location in the map, here's a wonderful game you could learn and play with your child. More details here.
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