Geography Themed Christmas…because when a homeschool mom focuses on one subject she finds a million ways to incorporate it into daily life.
We have experienced a good start to our North Star Geography lessons. For Christmas we are going to take a break from normal lessons and study different countries from around the world.
Geography Themed Christmas Lesson Plans:
Our main focus will be on the countries covered in the Advent Calendar – Christmas Around the World. I will gather some books from the library and use the internet for facts about each country. We will end our time watching a few videos on Youtube. Once a week will spend a morning doing some fun activities that I am sure will center around food.
- South Africa: Switch on the Lights, Operation Christmas Child S. Africa
- Canada: Christmas Lights Across Canada, Christmas in Quebec City
- Argentina: Christmas in Argentina, La Navidad in Argentina
- Australia: Christmas in Australia, PBS Australia Christmas
- Philippines: Christmas in Philippines, Samaritan’s Purse Comes to Philippines
- Poland: Christmas in Poland, Veggi Tales Christmas Party, Christmas in 1939
- India: Operation Christmas Child India, Christmas 2013 in India
- Mexico: Finding Meaning with a Shoebox, Christmas in Mexico
- Costa Rica: Costa Rica Traditions, Making the Tamale
- Denmark: Danish Traditions, Christmas in Copenhagen
- Bolivia: Christmas in Bolivia, Operation Christmas in Bolivia,
- Japan: 5 Facts about Christmas in Japan, Customs and Traditions
- Brazil: Christmas in Brazil, Lights up Largest Floating Tree
- Ethiopia: Celebrating Christmas in Ethiopia, The Christmas Market
- Russia: How Christmas is Celebrated, Russian Orthodox Christmas
- Netherlands: Holland Christmas, BBC Christmas in Holland
- Italy: La Befana in Rome, Christmas in Italy 7 Tips
- United States: 12 Days of Christmas, Tree Lighting at U.S. Capitol
- Scotland: Christmas in Scotland, Christmas Day Ukulele
- Germany: Christmas in Germany Words to Learn, Rothenburg, Germany Trees
- China: Chinese Culture, Operation Christmas Child in China
- Norway: Christmas in Norway (Lego Trooper), Norwegian Christmas Song
- Liberia: Operation Christmas Child in Liberia, Christmas in Liberia
- Outer Space: Christmas Music from Outer Space, Space Station Crew
I have printed Around the World Notebook Pages for my boys to complete one page on each country. You could also use the Country Fact File from North Star Geography.
Hands-On Ideas for Geography Themed Christmas:
- Treasure map to find your Christmas present on St. Nick’s Day
- Christmas foods from around the world starting with Christmas cookies
- Themed Present Gift exchange based on other countries traditions
- Guess the Country Game (Pictionary, Hangman or Jeopardy Style)
- Christmas Card Exchange (great if you can get a Facebook exchange going)
- Christmas ornament with map of world
The week of Christmas when the rest of our subjects conclude for the year; I am going to have my boys follow Maggie Hogan’s suggestions in Christmas and Geography and map Mary and Joseph’s journey.
For a bonus activity I will have my boys prepare a report on Christmas Island to share with the family.
Our evening reading time will be enjoying the newest book Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent