Western Europe and the Nordic Countries

All Around This World’s classroom and homeschool lessons about Western Europe for kids introduce your family to so many cultures through interactive fun . . .

While so many music-lovers worldwide are familiar with Western European classical compositions and have heard our share of British pop and rock, there are so many wonderful traditional musical genres in Western Europe and the Nordic countries that may have eluded our college dorm room CD collection.All Around This World Western Europe "Everywhere Map" -- Europe for kids

In class we dig a bit beneath the surface–just a hair beyond Beethoven and the Beatles–to get and idea of the many wonderful forms of music Western Europe and the Nordic countries have to offer.

If you’re not in an All Around This World classroom but instead you’re following along at home, you can still enjoy our lessons about Western Europe for kids:

England: where we prance with Morris Dancing and also a merry old techo-dancing during a rave.

France: we storm the Bastille

Spain: of course we dance flamenco

Italy: we do what anyone would naturally do if bitten by a tarantula–dance the tarantella.

Greece: we add 3 beats to 2 and 2 more then try the kalamatiano, a 12 step dance

The Small States: we spread out all over Europe and learn about several “small states,” landing in Malta where we compete in a Ghana Spirtu Protn.

Germany: we not only dance the schuhlplattler at Oktoberfest but we also learn the finer art of headbanging at the Wacken Open Air heavy metal fest

— Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden): we cartwheel through the air in an acrobatic hallingdans.

Finland: we dance about the maypole to mark midsommer and do the bunny hop, just because.

Greenland and Iceland: brrrr. brrrrr. we go ice fishing. and pretend we’re very cold.

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