Continent Box ~ Australia

Continent Box Australia

We enjoyed our recent North America Continent Box and the kids really got into it with the addition of the Continent Box Challenge. I was excited to get another box done quickly and they chose Australia!

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I have Australia set up like this…Australia Continent Box -8316

 

I pulled out some Australian animals, we had from our collection, and also got a new Safari Toob.Australia Continent Box -8310

 

I bought my boxes from Walmart, in 2 different sizes {small 6.7qt, large 12.7qt} knowing I would need bigger ones for continents with more stuff! I made simple labels that color-coordinate with Montessori geography colors {free download here}. This box is the smaller of the 2 sizes I bought. Australia Continent Box -8319

 

In the folder on top of the box, is each child’s Continent Box Challenge paper.  You can create your own using our editable pdf file, but here’s a glimpse at ours…

Continent Box Challenge Australia

 

I currently have a few of the extras in these little blue bins from Ikea, hooked to the photo ledge from Ikea also. The one in the middle holds a couple of mini sticker books sent to us by a sweet Aussie blog reader years ago! The one on the right has the Australian  Landmarks ~ Rand McNally.

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I made a trip to the library to pick up some books for our study.  I couldn’t find all that I wanted but love the ones I was able to get. See the books we got and the ones I wish we had gotten here.

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Printables

We have a few materials from Montessori Print Shop! Thankfully I was given their bundle to review awhile back. We are focusing on the Australian Animals

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You can see in the very top photo, I hang our 3 part cards up on metal rings and hooks. The shelf they are hanging on is a photo ledge from Ikea. Be sure to read to the end for a giveaway from Montessori Print Shop!

I also created a few printables for the box which you can download for free on my Continent Boxes webpage in the North America section. I also used some printables from other sources. I will list out everything shown below with links.

Follow Directions to Color Australia

 

There’s also the Continent Kids Coloring for Australia {free download on the Continent Boxes webpage}…Australia Continent Kid Printable


Here you can see us exploring together, there’s no real plan. The kids can explore the box on their own, and I also am taking time to explore together. It’s amazing what they absorb just from exploring and us talking about what they are doing!

The books and Australian animals have been a BIG hit.  Many of the animals are totally new to my kids, as we haven’t studied Australia before! She’s in love with wombats now thanks to some of the great books!

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Pac dove right into his challenge and loved the creative options and chose to make Australia out of Play Dough!

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You can download printables and see more on our Continent Boxes webpage!

Continent Boxes


Visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas!

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Enter to Win!

One of you has the chance to win the Australia Printables from Montessori Print Shop! Winner will receive PDF files of all printables listed here, your choice of either the color coded set or the blank set!

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Continent Box Challenge {with Printables}

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We have created and used 2 continent boxes {Europe and North America} in one year, and I still hope to create the remaining 5 and use them along with these in our homeschooling years to come! My kids have been very into the box on the first few days, but then the newness wore off.  If I engaged them, they would explore with me, but I wanted a way to encourage them to explore on their own {and learn something}.

Enter….the Continent Box Challenge!

I made a chart reflecting our North America Continent Boxes, coming up with tasks that the children could complete. Here is a copy of the sheet my kids used…

Continent Box Challenge North America

 

I set individual goals with each child to earn prizes as they marked off tasks. North America Continent Box -3880First we brainstormed prizes that did not involve money {or shopping}. They came up with ~

  • Peanut Butter Pass ~ the option to choose a PB sandwich for dinner on a night when they hated what was offered {the little 2 in our family are VERY picky and we don’t make alternate meals so they often go hungry at dinner time}
  • Juice Ticket ~ our kids drink water all day long except for the occasional cup of 100% juice with dinner or milk.  They never have soda or other sweetened drinks. The Juice Pass is a ticket to have freedom to drink 100% juice whenever desired for one day.
  • Chore Pass ~ Mom and Dad complete ALL of your daily chores for one day.
  • Stay Up Late ~ this one is obvious, right?
  • Candy Baggie ~ freedom to nibble from a pre-created candy baggie {by me} throughout the day. Candy intake around here is VERY low, and most of our candy is dye-free and organic if possible, but either way this is a BIG deal to them!

Each child chose prizes they wanted and ranked them.  Then we set the goals. Pac had to complete his entire chart {21} to get a chore pass, 19 to get a candy baggie, and 17 to get a juice pass.  Krash was 15, 13, 10 for his leveled prizes.  Ladybug was 12, 10, 8.  I marked out on their sheets what I thought was above their level with a few optionals.  You can see K’s below with an X on “name 50 states” and a ? on “name at least 25 states” showing how we modified the activities to their levels.

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Yes they can earn all 3 prizes, when they reach each goal. I wanted to make it fun to keep going!

This really got them going and we are still using the challenge now! Here are some action shots of the kids…

Matching up the North American Landmark 3-part cards…North America Continent Box -3883

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Working on puzzles…

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We will definitely be using the Continent Box Challenge in the future and I thought it might work for some of you too!  BUT, I knew your boxes would be different and you would need to be able to create your own tasks based on your boxes!  So, I asked my friend Jolanthe {who has the correct software} if she would make an editable PDF form for my readers to create your own challenges! She said yes!!!

The colors correspond with the colors used with Montessori geography, but you can just print in gray scale if you don’t need the colors!  Each box is editable and you can save the PDF file to use again too!

Click on graphic to download your printables!

Continent Box Challenge Editable Printables

 

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Continent Box ~ North America

Continent Box North America

 

We enjoyed our Europe Continent Box and then I fell off the wagon.  I had grand plans for the year, but just got behind in prep time.  But finally, I added another box to our year, right at the end! 

{disclaimer~there are affiliate links in this post, also a giveaway!}

I have North America set up like this {see photo below}. I have a large puzzle of North America, and the board of North America from Where in the World {I added the cards into the box}. Our Little Passports goodies from Mexico are in the box too!

I pulled out some North American animals we had from our collection, our US Presidents and USA books {from Target}, and our big World Map Puzzle {similar to this one, couldn’t find mine online}.

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I bought my boxes from Walmart, in 2 different sizes {small 6.7qt, large 12.7qt} knowing I would need bigger ones for continents with more stuff! I made simple labels that color-coordinate with Montessori geography colors {free download here}. This box is the bigger of the 2 sizes I bought.

 

What’s Inside?

US Presidents {Target}, North American Landmarks ~ Rand McNally, North American Animals {Target}, States & Capitals Wrap Up.

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I currently have a few of the extras in these little blue bins from Ikea, hooked to the photo ledge from Ikea also.Continent Box North America -3489

 

We have a few materials from Montessori Print Shop! Thankfully I was given their bundle to review over a year ago year. Specifically I am using the North America Geography Folder {I made ours as a book in sheet protectors}, North American Animals,  & North American Landmarks. You can see I hung our 3 part cards up on metal rings and hooks. The shelf they are hanging on is a photo ledge from Ikea. Be sure to read to the end for a giveaway!

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I created a few printables for the box which you can download for free on my Continent Boxes webpage in the North America section. I also used some printables from other sources. I will list out everything shown below with links, it is all laminated and in our box.

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There’s also the Continent Kids Coloring for North America {free download on the Continent Boxes webpage}…Continent Kids: North America


Here you can see us exploring together, there’s no real plan. The kids can explore the box on their own, and I also am taking time to explore together. It’s amazing what they absorb just from exploring and us talking about what they are doing!

Puzzles are a BIG favorite with all 3 kids!  Ladybug loves them the most!Continent Box North America -3529

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Krash is a builder, so I challenged him to build one of the North American Landmarks, he chose the Washington Monument!Continent Box North America -3534

You can download printables and see more on our Continent Boxes webpage!

Continent Boxes


Products…

Target Dollar Spot Geography Supplies {get ‘em when you can!}Geography Resources from Target

World Facts & Landmarks Flashcards {Rand McNally}World Landmark Cards

Where in the WorldWhere in the World

Geography Units North America {Evan Moor eBook}

North America Evan Moor ebook

 

Geo Puzzle ~ USA & CanadaGeo Puzzle North America

GeoDiceGeoDice Game


Books…

NA Rookie  NA True Books  NA Explore


Visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas!

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Guess What?

One of you has the chance to win the North America Printables from Montessori Print Shop! Winner will receive PDF files of all printables listed here, your choice of either the color coded set or the blank set!

Use Rafflecopter below to enter to win! Open worldwide, ends 7/9/13

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Continent Boxes ~ Europe

Continent Box Europe

I have had “create continent boxes” on my to-do list for over a year!  Finally I am getting started!  I started with Europe since the Olympics are in London, and since our next Little Passports country is France! You always get some little things with each Little Passports month, which I will add to the continent box!  These are works in progress, I even have a wishlist of books and things I want to add to this and other boxes!  We will use these boxes for years and years!

I have no real plan with these, just a fun way to expose my kids to cultures, countries, and world geography in general.  Here’s a post from one of my favorite blogs all about continent boxes

For now, I have our Europe set up like this {see photo below}.  I have a large foam floor puzzle and I pulled out just the Europe part, I also have a large puzzle of Europe, and the board of Europe from Where in the World {I added the cards into the box}.  Our Little Passports map hangs on the wall close by too!

Continent Box Europe

 

I bought my boxes from Walmart, in 2 different sizes {small 6.7qt, large 12.7qt} knowing I would need bigger ones for continents with more stuff! I made simple labels that color-coordinate with Montessori geography colors. This box is the smaller of the 2 sizes I bought.  Eventually I may have to upgrade to all large, but for now this one works!Continent Box Europe

 

What’s Inside?

Continent Box Europe

 

MANY materials from Montessori Print Shop!  Thankfully I was given their bundle to review last year, I have had many of the country printables printed for many, many months, just now getting around to cutting and laminating!  Specifically I am using the Europe Geography Folder {I made ours as a book in sheet protectors}, European Animals, European Landmarks, & European Instruments. Be sure to read to the end for a giveaway!

Europe Printables Europe Printables

For the 3 part cards, I decided to save laminating and cutting time and mounted mine in file folders.  I laminated the matching images and words so the kids can just lay them on top of the file folder.  I used tape for this one, but it’s ugly, so I might do something different with my next country.  I just know my kids won’t use these tons, so I didn’t want to waste lots of time cutting and laminating!Europe Printables

 

I searched online to find a map that was colorful and labeled, to print and laminate for the box, my favorite ended up being this one.  On the back side, I added an alphabetical listing of all of the countries in Europe {I created this and you can download the PDF file in the Europe section on my new Continent Boxes webpage}.

Europe Map Europe Printables

There is a blank alphabetical European countries printable, as a little challenge for PacMan and me!  I also found a blank map that we can color in together, it is from here.  I copied it and added my own text in Publisher {I can’t share since the map is not mine}

Europe Printables

Continent Kids Coloring for Europe {free download on the Continent Boxes webpage}…Homeschool Europe Continent Box-8432

Here you can see us exploring together, there’s no real plan.  The kids can explore the box on their own, and I also am taking time to explore together.  Homeschool Europe Continent Box-8435

 

You can download printables and see more on our Continent Boxes webpage!Continent Boxes


Products…

Target Dollar Spot Geography Supplies {get ‘em when you can!}IMG_8257

World Facts & Landmarks Flashcards {Rand McNally}World Landmark Cards

Where in the WorldWhere in the World

 

Geography Units Europe {Evan Moor eBook}

Geography Units, Europe

 

Geo Puzzle ~ EuropeEurope Puzzle

GeoDiceGeoDice Game

 

Books…

Explore Europe  Europe A True Book Europe rookie Reader

 

Technology…

Obviously apps aren’t for the box, but more for extending the learning outside of the box!  Here’s our favorite European geography app!  They have a lite version too.image

Sheppard Software is our favorite for geography fun online.   Here’s the Europe sectionimage

Here’s another fun Europe game onlineimage


Visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas!

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Guess What?

One of you has the chance to win the Europe Printables from Montessori Print Shop! Winner will receive PDF files of all printables listed here, your choice of either the color coded set or the blank set! 

Use Rafflecopter below to enter to win!  Open worldwide, ends 7/16/12

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USA Geography Power Point is FINISHED!

I have been working on the USA Geography PowerPoint for a long time now.  I am very pleased to say, it is finished!  When I began, I didn’t realize how much work it would entail to get the whole show completed, but months later-I am finally done.  Thanks to a retreat I went away on, and having to sit outside of Ladybug’s room while she napped-I found the time to finish it!USA MASTER

The show is located in the Members Only section of my website, which is where I host the RRSP PowerPoint shows as well as others.  If you are already a member-you can now access all of the states, if you are not a member yet, you can join here!

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You can read my first post introducing the USA Geography PowerPoint here, you can see all of my geography posts here.

If you want to see the USA show in action, you can watch this brief video here showing it in action with my boys.  Please forgive the shaky camera action, it is really hard to tape myself while working with them ;-), I need another person to follow me around!

I hope this resource will be a simple way for us to help our children master basic US Geography-capitals, abbreviations, and location of all states!  I am relearning a lot too! 

Musings of Me is doing a neat unit with free printables called “Trekking Across the States” that I think would be a great fit with this PowerPoint show!  Confessions of a Homeschooler is creating an entire unit for US Geography also, “Road Trip Across the USA” which would also be a great partner to this show when Erica releases it!  I love all of the moms online creating resources in different formats so we can all work together to find the best learning materials for our kids!  I pray my resources and others will bless you on your journey!