Destination: Costa Rica

Today started the first day of summer school! We were so excited to get things moving and enjoy the fun planned.

Workbook FunOur first activity of the day was “Workbook Fun“! We grabbed some newly sharpened pencils, pink erasers (Don’t you just like looking at those?… Well, I do anyway!), and got to work.

As usual, our workbook time was loads of fun. We spent a few hours running around the house counting objects, solving logic problems, and answering riddles. There is never a dull moment when we’re learning.

After workbooks, things got really animated, as we unburied our traveling suitcases and headed “out” for our virtual field trip. Today’s destination: Costa Rica!Costa Rica

After marking our world maps, we trekked over to mommy’s computer to discover some fun facts and details on Costa Rica. There we learned all about Costa Rica’s national exports, their tourist attractions, some of their history and topography, native animals and plants, and explored more of their fascinating culture.

Seeing images and watching a quick video was fun, but there is nothing quite like hands-on learning. So, off to the kitchen we ran, ready to get our hands dirty.

Making ButterfliesWe hand crafted butterflies out of coffee filters and talked about a few of Costa Rica’s main exports; coffee and bananas! To help remind us of how grateful we are for these tasty products, we decided to spend some time in the kitchen. We made ourselves some iced coffee (mostly cream with a dollop of syrup to sweeten) and this wonderful cake:

Costa Rican Banana Cake [Queque de banano]

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground gloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted & cooled
  • 1Β 1/2 cups sugar (The cake was pretty sweet so next time I would reduce the sugar to 1 cup or 3/4 cup!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and spices.
  2. In another bowl mash the bananas.
  3. Add the butter, sugar, eggs milk, and vanilla.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Bake in a greased 9×13 pan for about 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

After enjoying a lovely snack, we made sure to have our passport books stamped and collected a photograph to remember our trip.Β Swim Time

Our learning day was fun, delicious, and informative! After all that hard work, we decided to reward ourselves with some time in the water.

Ah… nothing like a hard day’s fun (Oops, I mean work)!

Is there a particular country you are focusing on this week? We’d really enjoy hearing about your adventure!


11 thoughts on “Destination: Costa Rica

  1. You are definitely a born teacher! I am inspired by the things you do. Question: Are you using a curriculum or do you just wing it? The passport idea sounds really fun, but I am not very creative on such things–I need some sort of guide to follow. πŸ™‚


    • I wing it! I tried to organize the chosen activities (at least with geography) along similar lines to Little Passports, but added my own spin on it. The other items were inspirations from the Lord and things I was specifically looking to teach my kids.
      If you’re looking for a guide, check out the post on “Summer School: Geography Fun”. There is a link for a downloadable passport and info to get you started!


  2. What fun! My children and I have been traveling through the wild west with the first pioneers. It’s been fun, but I don’t think I could’ve handled the long wagon ride.


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