Once a month we meet for a geography focused co-op with a few other families. Each month we study a new country and the mom hosting the co-op that month does activities and serves food from that country. October’s country was Russia. At home, we usually lead up to the co-op day by doing activities of our own, such as learning about famous people from the country, doing art related to the country, and reading lots and lots of books. Russia: We found Russia on our Montessori map and traced it. Next we labeled the Volga River, Moscow, Siberia, the Ural Mountains, and Lake Baikal. We learned about tundra, steppe, and taiga.
We read a plethora of books:
We did three art projects: Matryoshka paintings, Onion dome chalk pastels, and Kandinsky circle trees.
Bear’s was on Peter the Great and J-jo’s was on the Monk Seal. They watched this video on monk seal behavior.