This book is a part of Branch Out World’s Picture Book Explorers series. It is geared towards children ages 5 to 10, but of course, that can change depending on your family. My daughter, who used this book, is 10, so she was on the older end of the range. It was good for her, but she is anti anything that resembles school right now, so it’s hard to say. ;) I’m sure when used with a less stubborn child, they will enjoy it! (FYI, the website says it is for ages 5-10, but on the first page of the book it says age 5-9. Not a big deal, but just thought I would mention it.)
If you don’t already own the book and can’t find a hard copy of the book, this youtube video below comes in handy. It is a read aloud of the book.
Branch Out World
This company is run by a homeschooling family of 25 years. I like that for a couple of reasons: 1. They understand the needs and wants of homeschoolers and 2. I get to support a fellow homeschool small business owner. Win-win!
They are from the UK and they love books and want to share their love of books with others. Their literature-based unit studies are all connected to the UK somehow… maybe it’s the author, illustrator, or even the setting. I think it’s fun they keep to their roots in that way. (Their lapbooks are more global in nature.)
Branch Out World offers over 20 literature-based unit studies to choose from, including Paddington Bear, plus lapbooks and other products.
Picture Book Explorers Series
When you get this book of the series, you get to read Paddington Bear and dig deeper into a lot of the subjects in the story.
Your child will get to learn more about bears, migration, architecture, cream tea, marmalade, geography, grammar, and more.
I think it’s extremely clever to take a book like Paddington and turn it into a way to learn more about all of those things.
There are over 30 activities in the book for you and your child to do, with a list of the supplies you will need. You can choose to do as many or as few of them as you want.
There are also over 45 pages of printables including timeline, minibooks, maps, flags, and notebooking page. Again, you don’t have to do it all. Remember this was developed by a homeschooling family. They don’t expect you to do it all, but they are giving you a ton to choose from so you can make the most out of it for your family.
Within the activities, there are suggestions for changes to make based on whether or not your child is on the older or younger end of the spectrum. This is good if you will be using this with multiple children in a family. One suggestion is to read the first two chapters of the book called A Bear called Paddington, which this picture book is based on and compare them with the picture book.
We loved this book and enjoyed being able to learn a bit more about the UK, Peru, and so much more, as we went along.