Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Books - Exploring a Culture

Over the years, I have learned that the series: "Festivals of the World" and "A Taste of Culture" are great resources when learning about specific countries, and their Greece books have not disappointed. In fact, the girls each insist on reading through the chapters - whereas last year, they preferred an abridged version :)

Festivals of the World: Greece

Includes an overview of the main festivals over the year, broken up in seasons.
Takes five of the festivals, and explores them in more detail, with great photographs.

A Taste of Culture: Foods of Greece

Explores the foods and cooking traditions that encompass a culture. Great full color photographs, and recipes children can easily follow.

After reading about the importance of the olive, and olive oil, we went to a local store that offers samplings of dozens of olive oils - ironically, they do not carry any from Greece this time of the year in order to ensure all their oil is at it's freshest. We will have to stop by again and sample Greek olive oil. I never would have guessed it but the girls had a wonderful time sampling olive oil!

Books are a wonderful way to experience new worlds and ideas. Our house is filled with books, most of which are borrowed from our public library. Public libraries are an incredible resource, making books accessible to everyone, and we highly encourage everyone to discover theirs. If you are hoping to build your own home library, I've made it easy by including a search box for Amazon in the right sidebar. Please note that I have become affiliated with them, and would receive a small commission.

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