Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Country Studies - Norway, Sweden, Finland

This was a light week in our country studies.

Partially because there is not nearly as much easily accessible information about these countries as about some of the others we have studied.  Partially because it was a week full of other 'extras' for us.

We read in our geography reference books a little about each country: it's location, language spoken, type of government, etc.

Our biggest focus was on authors and stories from Norway, Sweden, and Finland.  We also covered one artist.



Written by Beverly Lewis, this is a Christmas story about a Swedish girl learning the blessing of giving.



Biography of Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author of the Pippi Longstocking series.
Dale has already read several Pippi books, so we didn't add any of those on this week, but he did read one from another series of hers, the Emil series.



Traditional Swedish story, told/translated by Astrid Lindgren.

We read two more tomten books.  These were by Viktor Rydberg.  I think he was Swedish.  Maybe Finnish?


Dale is still working on this one, about a shipwrecked seaman in Norway who meets Leif Erickson and joins him on a journey.

We studied artist Carl Larsson with these two books of paintings:




We ended the week with a meal of Swedish meatballs, using a recipe from:

Gotta love using the American Girl series with my houseful of boys. :)

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1 comment:

Karen@Candid Diversions said...

If you can find them at your library your boys might enjoy some of the sweet picture books by Maj Lindman. She wrote a series about three girls (Flicka, Ricka, & Dicka) and a series about three boys (Snipp, Snapp, & Snurr.)

They're just sweet, nostalgic picture books about life in Scandinavia. Our library doesn't have them but my mother-in-law's does and I read them to the girls when we visit TN.