I see geography track here as an “unschooling” track – we will learn whatever Anna wants to learn about. She was interested in polar bears last week after watching Disney version of Earth, so I had to scramble my plans for Mountains and we did Arctic and Antarctic instead.
We watched an episode from Planet Earth about Ice Worlds. This time Anna was fascinated to see papa penguins taking care of their eggs during the coldest winter on Earth. We also watched a German movie Der Kleine Eisbar which, as it turns out, is also available in English. The first part of this story is really sweet, but the second part gets a little scary, so we turned the movie off before we got there. The movie is nice, since it also has other Arctic animals in it, an Eskimo family and even a very cheerful penguin that really wants to fly.
It’s a low light picture, but Anna had a blast playing “polar bears and penguins” game. All our stuffed penguins (and we have many of them – don’t ask :)) were hiding “in the Antarctica” – in our guest room, and all our polar bears were in Arctic (in our bedroom). She was supposed to find them and bring them to the zoo in her room. Well, she was not interested in bringing polar bears to a zoo. Instead they went to visit Antarctica, had some fish snacks and then built themselves a shelter under the blanket. I think someone starts to really enjoy her geography track. I was thinking of spending two weeks in Arctic and Antarctica, since some books I ordered are still on their way, but I sense that we are ready to move on and visit mountains of Asia.
We read many polar bear and penguin books this week – some fiction and some non-fiction. My favorite by far was The Polar Bear’s Home. It’s written as the first person account of a young girl who lives in the Arctic. Her father explains her how polar bear live, what they eat, how they hunt and what is happening to them when the ice melts faster and earlier every year. The illustrations are very engaging, and the book also contains some helpful suggestions on how to do small changes in our lives to make our Earth a better place for every creature.
To see more geography journeys, visit Geography Lessons at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.