Monday 7 April 2014

5 days of learning about England: introduction

Welcome to this five day series on learning about England. I hope it will be useful for those of us who live in England and want resources to help our children learn more about their native land as well as those from abroad who may want to visit either in reality or virtually.

Today, I've collected together some introductory resources.

First, some terms are sometimes misused.

England is part of the United Kingdom which has four countries:

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. 

Great Britain is the main island comprising England, Scotland and Wales.

The British Isles includes Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Eire.

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy.  
Information about the Royal Household and Parliament is found on these two sites. It is possible to visit Parliament and educational materials given out on these visits explain the function of Parliament clearly for children.

The capital, of course, is London. This is the official visitor site. I haven't looked at every page! If you plan to visit London then Transport for London is a must visit site. I do find this site slightly irritating as they don't always include what would seem to be the most logical route.

England is divided into counties. This can be a slightly vague concept. Some of the counties are linked to local government areas although this isn't always the case.

The Visit England site has links to places and things to do. I haven't done many of the things listed and there are some that I have no intention of trying out alongside others that I would love to try.

Do join me tomorrow to learn more about my fascinating country.

Some of my fellow Schoolhouse Crew members are also taking part in the 5 days blog hop, this week. Do visit these blogs
Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story ~ Making Homeschooling Fun!
Marcy @ Ben and Me ~ Helping Children in Uganda
Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds Happiness -- International Meals
Melanie @ FinchNWren ~ Finchnwren's Fabulous Family Movies
Sarah  @ Delivering Grace ~  learning about England
Victoria @ Homemaking with Heart ~  Connecting with the Creator through Nature Study
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama ~ 5 Days of Charlotte Mason Preschool
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas ~ A Happy, Peaceful Home
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses ~ Homeschooling 4 FREE resources
or click on the banner for even more topics.
April Blog Hop

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  1. Looking forward to your series. We did a unit study on England last year and it was a lot of fun to learn about

  2. SarahElisabeth, this is going to be such fun for us to read this week! We are major Anglophiles (history, literature, BBC, etc.) and you're opening a brand-new door for us. We hope to visit the U.K. someday....but it's a long way from the western U.S. Lord willing, some day!

    1. You probably know more than I do. I'm always amazed by visitors who go to places that I've never seen-there is so much to do here.

  3. Such a good article! We love geography and I especially like learning about it from people who truly know about it first-hand. :)

  4. This is a great topic. I am looking forward to the rest of the days.

    1. Thank you and hopefully, not too long until you arrive here!

  5. This is great! I've never been to England, but really want to. This will at least give me a taste :).

  6. Would love to visit England. For real. Thanks for the virtual tour!

  7. Yes I will be joining you tomorrow! England has a very special place in my heart.