Sunday, February 14, 2010

Planet Earth We are making a bit of transition in our geography journey. I planned initially to spend more time on land features (deserts, etc.), but Anna is not exactly an animal person. She is a lot more interested in people – what they wear, what they eat, how they play. So this week we talked more about children of the earth and read some books about how we are all different and still all the same. I reviewed the Whoever You Are in my Saturday book review post.

We Are Different

Overall I always try to select books with various degrees of comprehension difficulty for Anna. We are Different, We’re the Same was perfect for a quick read on the toilet or before bed. It’s from Sesame Street series, and it’s also a good read for the topic about human bodies. One double page, for example, contains pictures of different noses and says, “Our noses are different”. The next page explains how our noses are the same. It’s a great book for young kids, and Anna enjoyed it a lot.

I picked up this puzzle in Target before Christmas, and tFeb10_Puzzlehis week was perfect for introducing it to Anna. We pretended that all those twelve girls are from different countries and talked about what they like to do and who they want to be when they grow up. I demonstrated little math magic to Anna by telling her that since there are 12 girls and each is made out of 3 pieces I can tell without counting that there are 36 pieces in this puzzle. She counted them all and was delighted to see that my “estimate” was correct. I had to explain to her that it was not an estimate, it was “real math” that she will learn when she is older.

Countries_1

Starting next week we will be going on a country hop. We are starting with China in honor of Lunar New Year. Between my husband and me we created some fun things for Anna to “collect” during her travels. I created a set of cards that I will expand upon as we move around the globe. I decided that the link between the country name and a special toy, book or activity from that country will have to do for the time being. Learning about the flags is “nice to have”, but I don’t expect her to memorize all the flags. My husband also made a template for “pretend postcards” that she will get from her friend The World Traveler. I am not sure yet how much time we will spend in each country – I think it depends on the interest level and on the time at my disposal, but stay tuned to see all those grand plans in action (hopefully).

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9 comments:

Kim said...

I love that you are trying to teach Anna about the people of the world, and the way we are all different and yet the same. I am collecting books for a similar path of learning over the next year with Crumpet. I'll add the Sesame Street book to our list. I like your plans for the country hop too. And love the math magic!

Annette W. said...

Cute multiplication story! Our "world" is very small. I hope that when we try to teach our kids about the world, they'll get it. At least we have friends who look different than us...growing up there was not one black kid in my elem. school...but one of my good friends was Asian. Public school by the way.

Debbie said...

This will be a great adventure for you and Anna. I look forward to seeing all that you learn.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I hate to say it, but the Teletubbies have great cultural clips, with little kids from different countries - often speaking in their native tongue. We've ordered a few of their dvd's from Amazon.de, so the children can pick up a tiny bit of German, too.

Elise said...

Your plans for your geography lessons sound so exciting. I am particulalrly interested in the focus you have chosen. I really like the sound of the book: We're Different, We're the Same.

Ticia said...

I can't wait to see what you do, it's going to be so exciting!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love the postcard idea - how creative!

Izzie, Mac & Me said...

This sounds great! I'm so excited to see Anna's journey around the world! This would be a great Mr. Linky...different county\ry each week?!!

Seizing My Day said...

You are in the post card project yes?! ;) We live in Wa... do you need our state?? We have been doing this on our own for a month... tonight I have stumbled upon it here in blogland! ;) too funny!
Just Jenn~ www.seizingmyday.com