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.
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.
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