Geography can be a drag at times – when you don’t go about it the right way. If you wanted to teach countries around the world to the kiddos, know that your lessons don’t have to be dull or dry. There are fantastic resources out there to help you. One of the first countries we are studying this year is Russia. Below you will find the resources for learning about Russia that we used in our homeschool.
This post is part of the Ways to Help Kids Learn About the Nations Series
I recall geography in public school. It was quite dull and I hardly paid attention. I don’t remember very much about geography, sadly. I learned most of the geography I know today from traveling, working abroad, and possibly like yourself, from homeschooling.
We are on the last leg of our Russia Unit Study. Our final exploration is a virtual tour of Russia, particularly different famous places like Prague, and Moscow. We are all excited about the tour but sad to see the unit coming to an end.
We are ending our study in early November, as the 4th of November is a day when Russia commemorates the defeat of Polish invaders in 1612. The holiday is called Unity Day, and it is the newest holiday in Russia — established in 2005.
My kids enjoyed all the interesting facts about Russia. I wanted to share a few, as some may spark an interest in your own children.
- Russia is home to many different animals like the Siberian tiger, Russian boar, brown bears, and the roe deer. Note: The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the whole world. They are an endangered species that can get up to ten feet in length and weigh up to 600 pounds.
- Russia’s official name is actually the Russian Federation.
- Russia is the largest country in the WORLD and takes up one-tenth of the whole Earth’s landmass.
- Russia spans across 11 different time zones and two different continents – Europe and Asia.
- Russia has around 100,000 rivers, some of which are the longest and strongest in the world.
- It holds Lake Baikal in Siberia, a lake that contains more water than any other lake… on Earth.
- The world’s first satellite was launched from Russia (Soviet Union) in 1957.
- Russia shares a border with 14 different countries; some of the countries include China, North Korea, Georgia, Finland, Ukraine, Poland, and more.
- This one is cool. Many kids think Russia and they think it’s far, far away. Yet the United States and Russia are separated only by the Bering Strait, making the two countries only 51 miles (82 kilometers) apart.
I think I can go on and on, but you get my drift. Kids will find Russia cool, especially for the rough weather that its people endure.
If you are interested in Russia or are considering a unit study on Russia this homeschool year, these resources for learning about Russia can help:
Russian language self-study guide for beginners | Russian for Everyone
FREE Russian Language Course | Live Fluent
Russia – Research Mini Book | The Colorado Classroom
Russian Art For Kids – Art | The Educator’s Spin on It
FREE Russia Lapbook | Homeschool Helper Online
Learn Russian in a fun way | Fluency Spot
Russia Research Project | Globe Trottin’ Kids
Russia Booklet Country Study Project Unit | Beyond Imagination
Montessori Russia Activities and Printables | Welcome to Mommyhood
Russian For Kids | Rainbow Resource
Passport Club – Russia | Nurturing Learning
Russia Unit Study …And a Free Country Study Printable | As We Walk Along the Road
Russia Books for Kids | Brown House
10 Ways to Play and Learn About Russia | Creative Family Fun
Books for Learning About Russia | Our Unschooling Journey
Here are a few books to add to resources above for learning about Russia:
Russia ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Russia (Country ABCs)History Of Russia For Kids: A History Series – Children Explore Histories Of The World EditionLiving in . . . RussiaRussia For Kids: People, Places and Cultures – Children Explore The World BooksA Brief History of RussiaThe Littlest MatryoshkaRUSSIAN ALPHABET BOOK AZBUKA FOR KIDS ILLUSTRATED RUSSIAN ABC’sRussian for kids: Russian alphabet (Bilingual Coloring Book) (Volume 1)
Russia has a fantastic history that maybe we know about, but our kids won’t. I learned so much about it and was able to enjoy the journey with the kids. W especially liked looking at videos and photos of the Siberian Tiger, as my kids love animals. We hope you enjoy these resources on Russia just as much as we did.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!