I’m not sure I knew what a fascinating place Peru is before the girls and I spent this week studying it with Winter Promise’s Children Around the World curriculum. It moved up a whole lot of spots on my list of places I desperately want to visit!
While we’ve studied the Incan civilization before, I don’t think I realized how much of their influence remains in modern-day Peruvian culture! We enjoyed learning about Machu Picchu, Incan Quipu, Nazca lines, and even Incan ice mummies! We also came across a fascinating article about how scientists solved an ancient Peruvian mystery from space.
But our favorites, as pretty much always, were the food and the books! We are so predictable! 🙂
For our Peruvian cultural gathering, I made a variation of Peruvian lomo saltado. It is a beef dish but we don’t get good beef here in Malaysia, so I tried this recipe with chicken breast. It was stellar, and we will definitely be having it again! I also made a Peruvian hot chocolate after being inspired by this absolutely hilarious blog post. I actually read the whole post to the family as we sipped our hot chocolate and we laughed so hard we cried. We will never drink hot chocolate again without thinking of this story!
Books for Learning about Peru
Peru seems to have inspired many children’s book authors as there were so many books to choose from! I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.
- Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson – This is a cute little picture book that my kindergartner was able to read independently.
- Machu Picchu: The History and Mystery of the Incan City by Jesse Harasta
- If You Were Me and Lived in…. Peru by Carole P. Roman – I feel like I say it every week, but this series is just so good! I’m always so excited to find that Ms. Roman has a book for the next country we are studying!
- Jack the Jungle Explorer by Dawn Warren
- Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies by Jordan Jacobs – My 11-year old really enjoyed both this one and the next one.
- Chloe Diggins and The Eternal Emperor by Jennifer Amiel – Fun adventure story for tweens.
- The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru by Sharon Skretting – This one and the next were so loved by the 11-year old and the 9-year old that they got a little obsessive about them. They were talking about aspects of them at every meal and quoting passages.
- Operation Golden Llama (Cousins in Action) by Sam Bond – Highly recommend both this one and the previous one!
- The Seven Serpents Trilogy by Scott O’Dell – This one caught our interest because we had just finished reading Island of the Blue Dolphins and doing the Here to Help Learning literature adventure during our week studying the Pacific Islands so the girls were keen to read more books by Scott O’Dell. The description looks like these might be for an older audience though so I’ve asked my girls to wait until I can pre-read them, which I haven’t had a chance to do yet.) So I wanted to give you that little caveat, but they do look fascinating!
I thought I was done, and then the girls came down the stairs with two Thea Stilton books that they wanted to read together this week. And then I remembered that Paddington Bear was from Peru so I decided to use an Audible credit to get that for them to listen to during their afternoon quiet times.
- Thea Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage – This one takes place in Ecuador, but we really wanted to learn a little more about South American chocolate, so we included it in our reading.
- Thea Stilton and the Secret City – This is a fun mystery in the Andes mountains in which the Thea sisters search for a mysterious treasure that’s hidden in the Secret City of the Incas. The girls love it and have each read it several times.
- A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
- Tonight is Carnaval by Arthur Dorros – Right at the end of the week, I accidentally found this one on our bookshelf and realized I had forgotten all about it. It is perfect for a unit on Peru so we read it to cap off the week!
So, with that, we wrapped up our week in Peru and finished our studies for this year in South America! One more continent to go, so next week, we are off to Africa! We’ll be starting in North Africa. To see our other stops in our year of learning about Children Around the World, check out our landing page.
See you next week!