Where is Sochi?

While I have been to Russia, I must admit that I had never even heard of Sochi before. I got curious today and had to see just how far away St. Petersburg (where I lived) was from Sochi. Well, it is quite far. I took a screen shot of the Google Map showing the difference.

Where is Sochi?

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The first time I went to Russia, I had the pleasure of visiting Moscow with my family and also travelling by train to St. Petersburg (and back to Moscow).

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The second time I went to Russia, I stayed in St. Petersburg and visited Gatchina. I didn’t find out until later that my Visa was only valid for me to be in St. Petersburg and leaving the border of the city was actually a very bad thing to do. Thankfully, God was protecting me from harm.

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Oh the stories I could tell about my adventures in Russia. The time went by way too fast and my memories are starting to fade with the years, but it was overall positive and very positive.

Using Current Events To Teach Geography

Teaching Geography

Using Current Events To Teach Geography

It is actually very simple to use current events to teach geography to your home learners. In fact, this may be something that you are already doing in your family. If not, I thought I would share what we do and give you a few resources to help you in case you decide this is something you want to explore with your kids.

Map Of The World

You will need a map of the world.

For Our Latest Project, I Used These:

Locate Where You Live

As a point of reference for your kids, locate where you live first and then build out from there.

Identify Where The Event Is Taking Place

After you have located where you live, identify where the current event is taking place. You may first need to choose an event if there are many events happening all at once like there are right now. Or you might want to consider identifying where several events are taking place all at once and how they may or may not relate to or affect each other.

Here Are Some Questions To Ask

  • How far away is the current event?
  • Does it directly affect you?
  • Does it or will it indirectly affect you?

Encourage Your Kids To Think About The Bigger Picture

It is important to help your kids think about about the bigger picture. This is where you may need to help them think outside the box. There is more to life in their cozy home with their technology and comforts. Things like food, electricity, and salvation all matter more than the latest trick they learned on mine craft.

Current Events

Here are some events that have happened recently or are in the process of happening:

Questions For You

  • How are you using current events to teach geography?
  • What else are you teaching using current events?

Sweet Finds Saturday

It is time for another Sweet Finds Saturday.

  1. I absolutely loved this homemade play kitchen made out of an entertainment center. It is amazing.
  2. This homemade design notebook is inspiring and might help me keep track of all the little scraps that I rip out of the fliers and catalogs when I am inspired.
  3. Jimmie has a sneaky way of educating. I think I like it. I found this post today about teaching Geography Without A Curriculum simply by integrating it when it comes up. I like this approach. It makes for a more natural way of learning things and more importantly learning to look for information when you need it instead of simply taking information that is handed to you.
  4. I am intrigued by this Math Notebooking Squidoo Lense. I love this way of learning. Moses is always writing out math problems and I could just Set The Manipulatives Free and he would be in heaven.
  5. Have you seen these awesome shape book patterns from They are amazing. You could use them for all different kinds of projects (like mini book reports).

What are your sweet finds for this week?

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