The very best way to explore the world would be to travel. Plane trips, boat trips, train rides, and long walks.
God has made such an amazing world and there is so much to learn about it! I love studying geography! I would love to travel around the world to learn everything there is to learn.
Years ago, Laura and I had a geography co-op that we kicked off with a plane ride complete with passports and boarding passes.
It was so fun that we decided to do it again this year since we are studying geography again..
I talked to my husband Mike and our friend Sam. Both agreed to help. Sam got super-creative and this was the best plane ride ever!
We decided to have it in our church sanctuary because it was easy to move the stackable chairs around and set up dividers.
Would you like to know how we did it?
How We Did It
We blocked off four areas in the church sanctuary for the waiting room, jetway, security area, and plane.
We blocked off the "plane" with room dividers covered with sheets. We made small windows out of construction paper, taping them to the wall on one side and the sheet on the other.
We made 10 rows of seats with an aisle dividing sets of three chairs. At the front of the "plane" was a screen where we showed take-offs and landings. More on the plane later.
The waiting room was the largest area. We set up rows of chairs facing each other next to the plane.
On the far wall we set up a photograph area, two tables for customs, and a sign behind the table with a "Welcome to the Airport" sign.
The customs officials stayed the same with white shirts, but at each airport they changed their scarves. At Orlando, the had red, white, and blue scarves. In London, they had red scarves, and in Israel, they had blue scarves.
Each time we disembarked, it was to a new airport with a different welcome sign. There was a new flag on the custom's table, too.
The children turned in their passport application, got their photo taken, and received their passports 10 minutes later. While waiting, they chatted in the waiting room.
Jetway & Security
For the jetway, we used room divider screens, opening them up all the way. We covered them with a sheet to make a tube.
Tall people had to duck their heads a little bit to go through. Everyone else was fine.
Security did not turn out the way we had planned. Originally, we were going to have them walk through a gazebo, but we were not able to get the gazebo.
Instead they walked between 2 security officials with wands (cell phones) after putting their stuff on a long table. The passengers lifted their hands and the security officials scanned them from six inches out to make sure they were not a security threat.
A third security official moved their carry-ons down the table so they could pick it up after an okay from the first 2 security officers.
Finally, the passengers handed the ticket agent (me!) their boarding passes. After walking through the jetway, they sat down in their seat on the plane.
I already mentioned the aisle, the screen, and the tube lights marking the floor. After everyone was seated, the lights were dimmed so the tube lights sparkled and the screen was easy to see.
The flight attendants gave the security demonstration and told the passengers to buckle their pretend seatbelts.
The screen came on with a YouTube video of a take-off from MCO (Orlando Airport--the one closet to us). The sound and the video really made us feel like we were taking off. The next video was a quiet one of flying while the flight attendants brought their carts down the aisle to pass out snacks and bottled water. Finally, there was a landing video from YouTube of a landing at Heathrow Airport. We used videos from the correct airport for all three flights and it really made it authentic.
Pilot & Flight Attendants
How to Travel in Your Kitchen
We are looking forward to a great year learning all about God's world and all the people in it and places on it. Who says geography can't be fun.
We are also going to cook our way around the world, using a cookbook I created of recipes from all over the world.
Divided by continent, there are several countries in each section with their flag, famous historical sights, and a list of foods to try. Of course, there are recipes from each country in the cookbook, too.
Travel God's World Cookbook is available at Amazon. The E-book is available at PayHip or Currclick.
We are looking forward to reading classic books set in other nations, preparing food from other countries, and learning more about the beautiful world we live in.
Have a wonderful school year. Learning is so fun! I hope you and your family have a blast!