This past week, our Geography in Classical Conversations covered 5 European cities: Paris, Orleans, Rome, Barcelona and London. I thought I’d help my girls to “experience” the culture of these cities like their Daddy and I do when we go to a new place..we eat our way through it!
I’ve always loved meeting the heart of a country through their food. Around the table is where families gather to talk, laugh and comfort. In the kitchen is where a grandmother is found making her legendary recipes and where she will eventually pass them along to her daughter and granddaughter. Amid prolonged meals and lengthy conversations friends become like family. Food really does help us meet the heart of a country. So on that note, here’s a little peek at how we attempted to meet some this week.
We had a Spanish Tapas party one night. We used a few things we had at our house and hit Party City for a few Spanish touches. I made lots of little dishes, some from the store, and some homemade. We had empanadas, avocado and ground turkey lettuce wraps, chips and salsa, lime shrimp on crostini’s, fruit from the “mercado” (market) and made warm churros for dessert. And then, we danced all over the house…salsa and a version of flamenco…ahem…my children’s version. We read a great book about Spain and Spanish culture and wore flowers in our hair. It was so memorable for them and a really fun way to learn about a new culture.
Another night this week, we decided to “visit” London, England and Paris, France. I made homemade “Fish and Chips” and served it out of a paper bag as you might find in England. They loved the presentation. I picked Flounder, which is one of our favorite fish, because it’s light and not fishy in any way. I faked a terrible British accent while cooking and amused at least a couple of my children. For dessert, we ate mini eclairs that I picked up at the store and we pretended that we were eating pastry’s from Paris. We also read “A Walk in London” by Salvatore Rubbino. It is a beautifully illustrated book!
The longer I home-school, the more I enjoy it. I’m finding that I get to use my own creativity and inject it into our day. I just happen to think that having some FUN as we learn goes a long way. We can all learn from each other, so what are some fun things you’ve done this year??