Time for an Adventure "Down Under!"

January 26 is Australia Day! One of my favorite homeschooling memories is the study unit the kids and I did on Australia, so this week I'll highlight some of the great resources we found.

All of the resources in this post (and a lot more!) are part of my Australia Resource Set. It's designed for ages 5 to 12 and includes about 4 week's worth of learning materials. 

We based our Australia unit on a lapbook from Hands of a Child. It includes a variety of topics, and there is a notebook option, as well.

Mr. Donn's Australia page is a good place to start looking for kid-friendly information. There are links to powerpoints and clipart, as well as lesson plans for teachers and games for kids. (You may run across a few out-of-date links, but you'll find some good resources, too.)

No study of Australia would be complete without a look at Uluru (still better known by its European name, Ayers Rock.) The National Park website has lots of information and incredible photos of Australia's biggest landmark. This is definitely on my bucket list!

The Perth Zoo website has resources on dozens of Australian animals, including lots of photos and video clips.

Dust Echoes is a great website for learning about Indigenous People. It's an interactive site with a series of animated Dreamtime stories, accompanied by indigenous music. There are study guides and teacher resources, too. (There are some violent images in the stories, so you may want to pre-screen before watching with young or sensitive children.)

If your kids are up for a challenging project, you can use this how-to and make a Didgeridoo from PVC pipe!

And, just for fun, you'll want to watch this YouTube video of Slim Dusty singing "Waltzing Matilda" at the 2000 Olympics.

Celebrate Australia Day with a little virtual trip "Down Under", or dig into the topic with an extended study. 

Happy Homeschooling, Mate!