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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Continent Boxes–Australia (and Little Passports)

In addition to collecting stuff for the Alphabet Boxes, I have been collecting stuff for continent boxes, another great Montessori learning tool.  We have been doing our country studies in accordance with The Little Passports Program, we have been using Expedition Earth Curriculum to learn about each country, as we receive our packages each month. 
This month we did things a little bit differently, and used Expedition Australia Download N Go from Unit Studies with Amanda Bennett.
For our continent boxes, I purchased these boxes from IKEA (well I had my mom purchase them and mail them to me….oh how I miss IKEA!!)  Only $4 for a pack of 2, so for $16, I had enough (plus one extra!).  They are made out of paper, but they are pretty thick paper, but should last well with proper care!
KNATA Box with lid for paper, white Width: 10 ¼ " Depth: 13 ½ " Height: 6 " Package quantity: 2 pack  Width: 26 cm Depth: 34 cm Height: 15 cm Package quantity: 2 pack
So what’s in Australia’s box??
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Of course I put our goodies from Little Passports (a picture of Sam and Sophia at the Great Barrier Reef, and a magnet kangaroo made by Aborigines), some postcards we received by participating at postcrossing.com, I purchased the Australia Bundle at The Montessori Print Shop (But you can print the Australia Landmarks 3-part cards for FREE!), A Coral Reef Toob (because of the great barrier reef), A Down Under Toob, some boomerangs they made at an activity we went to, some Australia Books, Some animal cards from my National Geographic Cards collection (from when I was a kid), and some cards from Oh the Places you will go collection.
You can find the above listed items by clicking on the pictures below:

You can also find a great selection of Australia made books by Kane Miller at my Usborne Books web page!
One of my awesome readers offered to send me a package from Australia (where she lives), which we are still anxiously awaiting!  We have yet to decorate/label our box, and since we have had the privilege of living 4 months in New Zealand, I’d like to make a little photo book of our travels to add…But, other than that it’s complete! 
NOTE:  Many of the books listed are discontinued, you may be able to find them used at the links provided, or check out Paperbackswap.com, I get A LOT of my books from there for little to no cost!  If you are not currently a member, please use code name ‘baa’ as your referral!  Thank you!

Linking up with:
Montessori MondayChestnut Grove Academy

3 comments:

  1. looks like fun for geography.

    Veronica @ http://watchmeplaynlearn.blogspot.com/2012/01/week-19-day-3-fluffy-white-stuff.html

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  2. Great resources, Jen! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I had a post on Montessori Continent Boxes from last year at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/06/06/activity-of-the-week-montessori-continent-boxes/, but I'm planning to publish a Montessori Continent Boxes Part 2 before too long, linking to homeschoolers who've created continent boxes this year. I already started my document, and I've added your link! :)

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  3. I love the Unit Studies with Amanda Bennett!

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