Galloping the Globe - Great Britain

Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Britain!  First of all, my experience with Great Britain is very limited, so I had to research quite a bit to share enough knowledge with the children.  Because Great Britain includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland - there was a lot to cover.  We chose to only focus on a few topics, otherwise, we could have looked at Great Britain for weeks on end.

Some of our activities included:
I decided to do a character/time period study using a living book about Florence Nightingale.  Usborne's $7.95 biography is fantastic for children age 5-10 (ish).   What a life Miss Nightingale lived and what an inspiration for using your God-given gifts and talents to change the world!  We truly enjoyed looking at her life and story.

We also enjoyed poetry from A.A. Milne's "Now We Are Six".

Some of our reading materials for our unit on Great Britain.

We also read the biography of Beatrix Potter and enjoyed this classic!

Recipe - traditional English Scones!  We used an easy recipe (included at the end of this post) and added chocolate chips in one batch and blueberries in the other.

Field Trip!  We decided to visit a neat little store in the town we live near.  It is a store that sells all products from Great Britain, mostly, England.  We allowed the children to each pick a treat, but it had to be something different, cultural, and something they'd never had before.  It was a fun outing.
A stroll through town on a beautiful September day.

"Your British Shop"

Checking out the British flags, scarves, and souvenirs.

Some other recipes and British foods we enjoyed...

Bangers and Mash!

Traditional "Fish and Chips" wrapped in wax paper.

A took a walk through the "English Countryside" (well, not really, but we can pretend...)

Learning about different trees and seeds/nuts.

Some trimmings from our "English Garden"

Autumn Blooms...

As part of our study, we looked at Irish Dancing and our kids particularly enjoyed watching Lord of the Dance.  Here, Audrey colors a print-out of an Irish Dancer.

Our lapbooks for Great Britain -

Helpful Resources...

The recipe for the Scones is here.

Some of the videos we used (please, always screen any videos to ensure they are appropriate for your children and be careful surfing YouTube...):

London - 'greatest city in the world'

London - attractions

Irish Dancing

Traditional Irish Dancing and music

Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames - adding: view with caution.  There are parts of this I did not show my children, but other parts were beautiful, exciting, and really inspired a respect and love of irish dancing in our children, even my eldest son, who generally couldn't care less about music or dancing. (Ha!)

As always, The Homeschool Share.


  1. LOVE IT!!! I especially like your lapbooks :) I lived in Newmarket, England about a decade (I was in Air Force) The UK is so wonderful to travel through so much history and beutiful country!!! How did you make your Lap books - I would love to teach it to my son :)

    Shelly Foster

    1. Hi there, sorry for the delay. Yes, we get a lot of our Lapbook resources from :)

  2. I am thoroughly enjoying your Galloping the Globe series. I am a year out on homeschooling and am gleaning a lot from you. Looks like you and the kids have so much fun!

    1. Thanks :) That's the whole reason I share our homeschooling on here - just so others can maybe get some ideas! I have been so blessed by other homeschooling blogs and have also 'gleaned' from them too! thanks for following along! We're in the middle of Italy right now (figuratively speaking... hehe)

  3. Hi from HHH!
    What a lovely study of Britain. One of the things I like most about homeschooling is the ability to go into an in-depth study of a subject. I like how you incorporated all of the literature, cooking and a field trip!

  4. This is a great post with lots of resources. Please consider adding it to the website "Look! What We Did!" This is a site dedicated to home school blog posts. In this way other families can see and be inspired what is going on in the homes of other home educators. I hope you'll join us there.


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