A Trip Around the World: South Korea

We are going to South Korea! Home to the Korean people, Tigers, fan dances and Kimchi. Next month the winter Olympics are going to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea. In honor of this world wide event we are going to spend a week exploring the culture, traditions and various other aspect of South Korea. It is going to be quite the adventure.

Thirty years ago, my Mom lived in South Korea for almost 18 months providing service and teaching the wonderful people there. She has many wonderful stories and experiences to share with us and I am so excited for the kids to hear about her adventures for the first time.

We would love to have you join us on a trip to South Korea. You can follow our daily adventures on instagram or under the hashtag #sbsl_korea or #sbsl_world.

This week will be trickier for you to follow along with because of the many souvenirs and personal stories that we have access to. You will still have a fun and engaging week so don’t get discouraged. In fact reach out to those around you and you might find a connection that you were not aware of before.

To join us you will need the following supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Korean Food (Find a recipe or go to a restaurant)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Letters
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Mini Flags

Here are the resources that we will be using:

Videos:

Fan Dance

Sword Dance

Song

Folk Song

Traditional Instruments

Landscape

Books:

Picture Books:

Festivals of the World: South Korea – Ho Siow Yen

Tigers – Usborne James Maclaine

Exploring Countries: South Korea – Anita Yasuda

Take a Trip to South Korea – Keith Lye

South Korea – Jessica Rudolph

Spotlight On South Korea – Bobbie Kalman

Cultural Traditions in South Korea – Lisa Dalrymple

South Korea – National Geographic Tom Jackson

Children of South Korea – Makoto Kubota

Printables:

Paper Dolls

Traditional Clothing

Flag

Gather the needed supplies and resources before our scheduled departure on January 29th. On the 28th at 8:00 MST I will show you exactly how to use all the supplies mentioned so be sure to

Join our facebook page to catch our live video on January 28 for our live video. I’ll be sharing our activity plans and assembling our workboxes.

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Olympic Books From Usborne

The Winter Olympics start this week!! What better way to jump into he fun than reading about the origin of the Olympics and the games that they play. Usborne has some excellent options for different ages. Which book are you interested in? Will you learn about Greece? How the Olympics came to be? Or specific sports?

The Story of the Olympics

The Olympic Games

Look Inside Sports

Sticker Winter Sports

Sports Sticker Book

The Usborne Internet Linked Encylopedia Ancient Greece

A Trip Around the World: Arctic Exploration Homeschool Plans

The world is amazing! Filled with beauty, culture and various experiences. We can’t physically travel the world yet but we still can explore many places around the world. Our next destination is the Arctic! Home to polar bears, icebergs, dogsleds and way too much snow.

A Trip Around the world Arctic Exploration Plans

We would love to have you join us on a trip to the Arctic. You can follow our daily adventures on instagram or under the hashtag #sbsl_arctic or #sbsl_world.

To Join us you will need the following supplies

  • Ice Cubes
  • Arctic Animals (little people, Toob animals)
  • Don’t Break the Ice Game
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Side Walk Chalk
  • Water Color Paints
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Plastic Letters or Numbers
  • Googly Eyes
  • Latex Gloves
  • Crisco/Shortening/Coconut Oil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • White Packing Peanuts
  • Puzzles

Here are the Resources that we will be using:

Videos:

How Igloos Keep You Warm

Polar Pen Pals

What causes the Northern Lights?

Arctic Animals

Learning Names and Sounds of Polar Animals

Sled Dogs

Icebergs and Glaciers (Musical Version)

What’s below the tip of the iceberg?

Iceberg Crashing

Picture Books:

Arctic White –

Sled Dog School –

Into the Arctic –

Polar Kingdom Animals – Auzou

In The Arctic – The Magic School Bus

My Very Big Book of Canadian Animals – Auzou

St Lawrence Beluga – Owl Magazine

Polar Babies – Susan Ring

Whales – Melvin and Gilda Berger

The Great Animal Search – Ian Jackson

Polar Bears – Nature’s Children

Caribou – Nature’s Children

Wolves – Nature’s Children

Whales – Nature’s Children

Polar Bears – Usborne Conrad Mason

Arctic and Antarctic – DK Eye Wonder

Arctic and Antarctic – DK Eyewitness Books Barbara Taylor

Chapter Books:

Polar Bear Patrol – The Magic School Bus

Polar Bears Past Bedtime – Magic Tree House

Movies:

Balto

Puffin Rock

Frozen Planet

The Polarman

Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet on Thin Ice

Frozen Planet an Epic Journey

Wild North

Printables:

Who Lives in the Arctic

Arctic Prey Maze

Polar Bear Craft

Gather the needed supplies and resources before our scheduled departure on January 22nd. On the 21th at 8:00 MST I will show you exactly how to use all the supplies mentioned so be sure to join our Facebook page, Side By Side Learn to catch our live video.

Remembrance Day Books with Usborne

Remembrance Day is a special day. A day of remembrance. Remembering the sacrifice, courage and bravery of those that went before us. A time to be grateful. We have been blessed with our freedoms and safety. We have much to thank the soldiers of the past for.

What would your life look like without the sacrifice of others?

Honestly, I don’t like thinking about the what if’s, I try and focus on gratitude instead.

Introducing war can be a tough concept to address with kids. At least it is for me.

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Halloween Reads with Usborne Books

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love it all. The costumes, the activities, the goofiness and the stories!! AHHH! I just love it.

This year my kids were extra spoiled. I bought us a ton of new Usborne Books just for the season. Let me tell you they did not disappoint either. My kids went crazy for the monster stories and the activties/games that we bought. We didn’t get into any spooky stories but we will in a couple more years. If you kids areĀ  little like mine there are plenty of fun Halloween books and for the older kids there are amazing classics for them to enjoy. I can’t wait til we are at the stage. Just a couple more years until we will be diving into more Halloween stories.

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How to Make the Perfect Witch Potion

When I was in Grade 11 my english teacher had us memorize the “Three Witches Chant” from Macbeth. For some unknown reason I still remember the majority of it 10+ years later. Do I remember anything else? Not really…. at least I have Macbeth to get me through life.

shakespeare-macbeth-double, double toil and trouble

Halloween would not be complete without making your own witches brew or potion!

What I really love about making your own potions is that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. Use your imagination and see what you and your kids can come up with. There are so many options that can be easily adapted to make this activity engaging with whatever age your kids are.

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Unreal Halloween Treats Review

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year I absolutely adore it. The fun, tricks and obviously the CANDY!!

I know, I know. Trick or treating is for kids but lets be real I eat my fair share and buy extra candy to give out. It would be a shame to run out so I really do my best to have a full stash for the kids.

Have you ever read the ingredient lists on regular brand name candy? For a long time I had no idea what was added to a variety of food.

Recently it was discovered that one of my nephews is allergic to red food dye. Since then I have been extra diligent with reading labels. Did you know basically everything has red food coloring? I did not. Seriously I found red dye in a package of noodles. You really have to watch carefully. My eyes have been open now and it makes me quite uneasy.

With Unreal Candy I didn’t have to worry about dye because they are colored with vegetables. Yeah!! That’s right. Natural food coloring. That is something I can get behind. Seriously, look at the gorgeous colors of Unreal’s Candy when compared to Smarties.

Unreal Vs Smartie

Does your family have other dietary needs? Maybe you are trying to fill your body with the best food but you still have a sweet tooth. Guys, Unreal is for you!

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Exploring Turtles with Usborne Books

This week we are jumping into our turtle theme with both feet. Bee is crazy excited and Sweets likes anything and everything that he does. Needless to say the house is bubbling with excitement. I have chosen some activities and many books that I think they will love and keep their interest. Follow us on instagram to see our daily activities, read below for our book list.

No theme is complete without excellent books to answer questions and stir up more curiosity. These are some of the amazing books that we are using in our study.

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Love Is All Around Canada Book Review

When I first received this book I thought it would be about Canada and how much we love our beautiful country. One read through and I quickly determined it was about Canadians. As a whole we are wonderful amazing people who open our hearts and homes to many.

“Love’s all around, if you just pay attention, in people and places too many to mention. Go look at the park, on the street, at the mall. You’ll see love all over. It’s big and it’s small!”

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