Welcome to the Canada installment of our Learning About Children Around the World with Winter Promise series! This was a particularly fun week for us, and we are excited to share about it with you!
My girls have been quite enamored with Canada for several years now, ever since we listened to the Anne of Green Gables audio book together and then soon after discovered the Hallmark TV show When Calls the Heart (affiliate link) which is very loosely based on the Janette Oke books of the same title (affiliate link) which I have loved for a long time. When the girls heard we were studying Canada this week, they begged me to include watching episodes of When Calls the Heart in the schedule as often as possible! We did watch several in the evening after the little ones went to bed – all for the sake of learning, of course. 🙂
It was fun to have the girls so enthusiastic this week, and they eagerly worked to tie together the little they thought they knew with the history, geography, and culture included in our Winter Promise Curriculum. They especially loved learning more about the modern Royal Canadian Mounted Police. We all were fascinated by the Aurora Borealis, and the girls really enjoyed the information included about the Inuit culture.
Everyone also really enjoyed painting tourism posters for Canada. The 3-year old’s painting was very abstract. 🙂 The 9-year old and the 5-year old opted for more traditional posters to hang on our door while the 11-year old wanted to paint the driveway again like she did for our week in Russia. My favorite part of her driveway art is the Mountie she included!
To wrap up our week, we invited our pastor and his wife, who are both Canadians, to come and have dinner with us to celebrate Canada. They were such good sports, oohing and aahing over the driveway and the posters and the boys’ Canada shirts someone gave us and listening to the kids tell about what they had learned, plus they surprised us all by bringing a very Canadian dessert, Nanaimo bars. Wow! They were delicious! I think we were all ready to move to Canada by the end of dessert! 🙂
So that wraps up our Canada week! Have you had the pleasure of visiting Canada? We’d love to hear about it. After reading last week’s post about our studies of the U.S.A., my cousin sent the kids a long email full of information about what it’s like to live in America. It was fabulous, and they loved it! So if you’ve got Canada stuff to share with us, please do tell us in the comments. We really do love to hear from you!