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Far-Off Places – Lessons with an International Flavor

on December 3, 2011

In our quest to provide children with an environment that is both “living” and beautiful, as prescribed by Maria Montessori, international and multicultural studies are a natural. The world is full of beautiful scenery, varied flora and fauna, fascinating costumes, delicious foods, and interesting traditions which can broaden and enrich our children.  If you need some ideas for bringing international and multicultural concepts into your lessons, check out these resources.

Get your students in the mood for world exploration with this soothing old standard, which was a 1948 hit for Margaret Whiting, and a song well-loved by many famous singers through the years.

Get festive in “Down Under” style with our Christmas in Australia Unit Study, including traditions, southern hemisphere Christmas flora, recipes, maps, and more.

Find lesson planning ideas for the study of ancient Egypt, and the “Go Fish” for Ancient Egypt card game from Birdcage Press both at

Georgette from Cantemos  offers a Pineapple Unit Study, including a dried pineapple recipe, geography, and music.   For more about pineapples:

Marjorie from Classical Magic offers Study Activities for Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons.   For more Italian unit study information visit  Share lovely images of Italy in the winter to help students envision Vivaldi’s world at: and  For general photos of Italian cities, navigate at upper left.

If you have a country or culture in mind, but cannot find unit study materials, check out Make Your Own Multicultural Lesson Plans, Parts I and II. and

Find more inspiration and information at the University of Missouri’s round-up of websites with information about childhood in different countries around the world. provides fast-fact overviews of childhood in selected countries.

Enhance your lessons with these nice coloring pages with international costumes.

Use masks and mask-making in your lessons with ideas from Rae of The Creative Process.


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