Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Princess Curriculum - following my daughter's obsession

When we started homeschooling, I explored a variety of curriculum (and curriculum-free) options. I finally settled on this one: our own home designed Princess Curriculum.

My daughter was OBSESSED with princesses of the Disney-ilk even though she'd never SEEN a Disney movie! She HAD seen the books (and has since been to Disneyland). Well, I'm not a very princessy-kinda gal. I've always been more of a tree-climbin', horseback-ridin', mud-boggin' kinda girl.

I decided to create a curriculum based on HER interest. Since I had no background on princesses and their related subjects the development required some research on my part. I used the information I found on the following links as a basis, then built out from there. We started with the British monarchy because we have relatives in England.

The lessons went something like this:
* Trace the country on a map. Color it in while I read about the country.
* Find your own home on the globe.
* Find the country we're discussing on the globe.
* Talk about the princess in question, and her relatives. This was particularly interesting because so many of the princesses experience life in so many ways. One even chooses to live as a commoner.
* Project - something related to that country, whether it was art or cooking or building our own castles.

The Dutch Royal House
The Royal Forums - Links Directory
Monarchie - Welcome
TRH The Crown Prince Couple - Margrethe II
The Royal Forums - Links Directory
Royal Court
News - The Royal Archive
The Royal Residences > Buckingham Palace
Danes get their first glimpse of newborn prince

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