Learn About Brazil: Unit Study Resources (5 Days of Unit Study Resources)

In this post series, I've been sharing unit study ideas for countries around the world. You can find links to the other posts in the series below, and you can download a FREE My Country Study packet for guiding your child in writing a mini report about a country of their choice.

Brazil, the largest country in South America and fifth largest in the world is an interesting country to study because of it's vast diversity. It has mountain landscapes, jungle areas, and dry deserts. And in these varied areas lives a huge variety of animals. Children will love reading and learning about this very diverse country.

Brazil unit study resources


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10 Great Valentine Read Alouds (Favorite Books Friday)

Valentine's Day is a day that is often hyped among kids of all ages. Who doesn't love getting cards and candy? As my kids have gotten older, they aren't as excited about some of the holiday hype, but they still love the opportunity to be with friends and, of course, there's the candy.

Because I love books, Valentine's Day for me is another awesome opportunity to find new books and to enjoy Valentine's Day reads as well as learn some history that surrounds the holiday. Here are ten great read alouds that you can check out this Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day read aloud books
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The Story of Valentine's Day by Clyde Robert Bulla- This picture book for kindergarten and early elementary aged kids goes beyond the frilly valentines and candy to tell kids the story behind the holiday. Who was St. Valentine? And how did Valentine's Day get started anyway?

Unit Study Resources for Learning About Russia and a FREE Country Study Printable (5 Days of Country Unit Studies)

This post is part of the 5 Days of Country Unit Study series. You can find links to all of the posts and a link to your FREE My Country Study packet below.

With it's extreme temperature regions and the fact that it is a country in two continents, Russia is an interesting country for kids to study. There's some great information about the freezing tundras and the animal and plant life found there. And you can enjoy learning about Russia's unique culture.

Russia unit study resources


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Australia Unit Study: Books and Resources (5 Days of Country Unit Studies) and a FREE Country Study Packet

This post is part of a 5 Days of Country Unit Studies series. At the bottom of the post, you can find links to all of the country unit studies in the series as well as a link to your FREE My Country Study packet.

Australia is the only country that is also an entire continent. It's fun for kids to learn about because it has a unique ecosystem and animals that can't be found anywhere else in the world.

Unit study for Australia


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Books

A Smart Kids Guide to Amazing Australia by Liam Saxon (elementary)
Over In Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes (preschool+)
Australia's ABCs: a Book About the People and Places of Australia by Sarah Heiman (kindergarten and elementary)
D is for Down Under: An Australian Alphabet by Devin Scillion (elementary)
This is Australia by Miroslav Sasek (upper elementary)
Not for Parents Australia: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Lonely Planet (upper elementary)
Australia and Oceania(True Books) by Mel Friedman (elementary)
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French (preschool+)
Australia (Rookie Read About Geography) by Rebecca Eileen Hirsch (elementary)
Australia (Seven Continents) by Xavier W. Niz (elementary)

Websites

National Geography Kids Australia page
Kids World Travel Guide: Australia
AtoZ Kids Stuff Australia page- has information, activity ideas, and videos
Science for Kids Australia country facts page
Duckster's Australia and Oceania geography page
Tristan's Oz- a very complete site started by a 14 year old Australian who wanted to teach people about his country

Activities, Games, and Hands-on Resources

Watch and read this video book all about Australia.
Download and print the Tell Me About Australia book from the Australian Embassy's kids' page.
Choose one of these Australian recipe favorites and prepare an Australian dish.
Make collages with this Australian wattle craft.
Create your own Aboriginal art dot paintings. This site has great information about it as well as a video and pictures.
Use this freebie with several printables about Australia from Teachers Pay Teachers for kindergarteners.


Other country studies in this series:

Kenya
England
Russia
Brazil


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Printable country study pack



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Learn About England: Unit Study Ideas (5 Days of Country Unit Studies) and a FREE Printable Country Study Packet

This post is the second in a 5 Days of Country Unit Studies series. You can find the other country study resources linked below as well as a FREE printable My Country Study packet.


England is one of the European countries that make up the island of Great Britain. It is separated from France on the mainland of Europe by the English Channel. Here are some books, websites and activities you can include in a study of England.

England unit study

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Kenya Unit Study Ideas and a FREE Printable Country Study Packet (5 Days of Country Unit Studies)

This week I'm featuring Five Days of Country Unit Studies. Each day I'll give some resources and ideas for forming a unit study on five different countries.
If you'd like to do a country unit study with your children, you can also pick up this FREE printable My Country Study packet.

Unit study ideas for Kenya

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Kenya is an East African country that is bordered by the Indian Ocean. It's well known for the Great Rift Valley. Studying an African country can be fun because of the variety of animals that can be found here.

Why We Don't Ground Our Kids

Even before I was a parent and then later when my children were really small, I often heard warnings about "Just wait until they get older, and they are so difficult." For all manner of disobedience and bad attitudes and dishonesty, grounding kids seemed to be the punishment of choice. And I never heard many alternatives offered.

Jason and I, however, were blessed with some awesome parenting resources and the model of some great parents with families who weren't perfect but were authentically walking the path of life in a way meant to teach their kids to love and honor God. One of the decisions we made early on was that grounding kids was not a good option for us.

Parenting and punishment

What do I consider "grounding"? 

When I hear that parents have "grounded" their kids, I'm referring to a statement thrown out as a punishment in which the child is going to be prohibited from leaving the house, watching television, using a certain device, or being around a specific group for a specified amount of time. Often I've heard grounding thrown out as a punishment for anything from smart mouthing a parent to coming in late on a night with a curfew.