Thursday, January 14, 2010

Planet Earth Earth

Even though I am not a big fan of TV, I do believe occasionally in the old saying that the picture is worth 1000 words. So on the weekend when I was sick we sat and watched Earth. Since the movie is 90 minutes long, we split it into 2 days. I wasn’t sure how Anna will like the movie, since it’s the first non-animated movie she has ever watched, but she was very fascinated and asked a lot of questions. Interestingly, my gentle daughter was always rooting for predators exclaiming cheerfully, I hope he will catch them! during every chasing scene. I didn’t particularly like how the movie was cut from original BBC series, but fortunately we have those too, and now I plan to watch with Anna other episodes as well. She was quite excited to learn that we have more of those “Earth-movies”, and as always we will be supplementing watching with reading and playing.

The Seven Continents

We also read a non-fiction book about continents – The Seven Continents from Rookie Read-About Geography series. I was skeptical when I got it from the library, but Anna was interested in the map pages and especially in learning to read names of the continents. She continues to mix up Australia and Antarctica while reading, but is able to show all seven on her globe – not bad for a 3 year old.

And here is Anna’s story about Planet Earth: I have Planet Earth at home (globe, that is). Planet Earth looks like a ball. Planet Earth has water and people. The Earth turns around and around slowly. We watched a movie about Planet Earth. I liked the part about polar bears best. I was sad about papa polar bear, because he couldn’t catch a walrus. Walrus was too big and didn’t want her daughter to be eaten. Papa polar bear didn’t survive winter.

For more geography ideas for young kids visit Geography Lessons at Children Grow Children Explore Children Learn

13 comments:

Susana said...

We really need to jazz up geography in our home for Joe!

So far I just haven't done much with it.

Thanks for the ideas and motivation:-).

Julie said...

I love her story! And that's great she's learning the continents at such a young age. C was extremely interested in geography when he was 3-4. It's amazing what they'll remember when they're interested in something.

Ticia said...

My kids love the occasional non-animated movie like that too.
You might be able to find at your library the old Walt Disney Presents shows from when Walt Disney was alive, oh wait those are more about animals and less geography, never mind.
I hadn't seen the Rookie Readers Geography before. I'll have to see if I can find those, I've loved their science books.
And as always Anna's stories are great.

Annette said...

How cute! I hope everyone is feelling better!

MaryAnne said...

I love Anna's story, and I am also surprised that she liked the predators!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Not bad for a three year old, indeed! It sounds like your geography study is going quite well.

Autumn said...

That's funny about Anna's reaction to the predators. I took Tommy to see Earth when it was in the theater and he fell asleep during the scene when the lions were chasing down the elephants. So much for being concerned that he would be afraid of it...

It's really amazing that you take so much time to teach Anna so many different subjects!

Kim said...

Wow, she catches on quick! I love her story. Crumpet would hate that movie - right now he can't stand any animal that eats another animal - he yells "put them in the trash!!" and adds them to his long list of forbidden beasts to talk or read about...

vanessa said...

That's awesome. Juliet is obsessed with polar bears and having us take her to Alaska. She asks us every day if today is the day we get to go to Alaska. :) I haven't shown her the Planet Earth series yet, but that is a great idea.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

How wonderful! We are big fans of the original BBC series. It is breath-taking! Loved reading about Anna's reaction to the predators!

Elise said...

We'll be sure to do our bit to help Anna learn more about Australia when we send our postcard off.

Thank you for sharing your interesting resources. I have not done much research into what kinds of activities and resources are available when it comes to introducing geography to youngsters. Your posts are a great help.

Debbie said...

What a great lesson for Anna! I think sometimes TV can aid in learning so long as it is used wisely like how you used it with Anna. I am going to see if I can find that book, when we get to that point, it sounds interesting.

Adriana said...

We have not seen that video. I am sure that Diego would like it since he and his father watch nature programs on Animal Planet. I love her story. She is definitely learning a lot from your geography lessons. Also, I am FINALLY putting your post card in the mail tomorrow.