Teaching Geography/Social Studies at Home: Brazil

brazilI’ve mentioned before that we have chosen to do preschool at home for Yaya. While we don’t do much formal learning, we do a lot of reading, art and sensory activities during the week — mostly because they’re fun!

It’s really important to me that my children are culturally aware. We live in a bit of a homogeneous town and while we are blessed to have some diverse big cities within a day (or two) drive, it is not lost on me that making my children aware of other languages, customs and people is going to take a little bit of extra effort.

This month, we began some learning activities that I plan to continue well into the kids’ elementary years of school, even though they won’t likely be home-schooled at that point. Each month, we are going to be focusing on a different country and learning about it through a variety of activities at home.

We recently signed up for an affordable and cute program called Little Passports. Each month, “Sam and Sofia” (who Yaya thinks are real people — I love it!) send an envelope with activities, stickers and a postcard from a place they have visited on their magic scooter. The first month they sent a suitcase, passport, map and stickers.


We’re letting the Little Passports activities direct us to which country we’re going to focus on. This month was Brazil.


We started off by reading Sam and Sofia’s letter from Brazil and doing the word search and activities that they sent and found Brazil on the map that came with the introductory kit.


Then we visited the library and checked out a few books about Brazil (these two were our favorite):

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We found Brazil on our new big wall map that we hung on the wall in the basement. I have been trying to find the perfect map (at the perfect price) for over a year, and finally scored the one below on eBay. Joel was kind and patient enough to hang it in our family room. It’s a great focal point and Yaya loves looking at it and asking about different places.


I highly recommend purchasing a world map and hanging it somewhere visible in your home. It’s such a great tool for teaching geography without making it feel like “school”. It lends itself to natural curiosity and questions from your child.

And next week, I’m hoping my ribs will have healed enough to prepare this Brazilian dish. I don’t eat beef, so we’ll be doing pork ribs instead.


(I’ve begun a Pinterest board for worldly dishes if you would like to follow it. It’s not full of pins yet — but will grow each month!)

So there you have it — some fun and easy ideas to teach your little one about Brazil!



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    • I’m so honored! Will get to work on this project. Thank you so much. Looking forward to checking out your blog as well. 🙂

  2. I have seen a lot of Little Passports and have considered getting it for our family. Someday soon, I think! If not this year, it would be a great Grandma/Grandpa gift for next Christmas. I definitely think we need a nice world map too. Yours looks great! First we need a globe though…

    • A subscription would make a great gift! We need a globe, too — ours was ruined during a play date and I haven’t replaced it yet.

  3. Highly topical post for the soccer mad family, bemoaning a terrible draw for Australia in the World Cup football next year! My daughter is currently in Chile so I was drawn to your post because you were learning about Brazil. It looks a very good home school program.
    Wren x

  4. This sounds great! Let me know when you’ll be doing Germany and I’ll make sure she get’s some real German treats from some real Germans 🙂


  1. […] I’ve been making a more concerted effort to do geography and social studies with my [almost five-year-old] daughter at home. We began our focused effort earlier this month, when we studied Brazil through map activities, a worksheet, books and a Brazilian food. […]

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