It was our first week of trying a country hop in our geography track. In the interest of “keeping it real” I will be the first to admit that it didn’t go over as well as I hoped. I am still trying to analyze what exactly didn’t work, but I can definitely see a pattern based on my previous experiences – the more I prepare and the more I plan – the less successful we are. Somehow I couldn’t “sell” Anna the idea that it would be great to learn more about China. It’s not that she resisted the books and toys and games, but I felt that she didn’t “connect”. She didn’t play a lot of her own games incorporating something of what she learned and she didn’t ask a lot of questions. I am thinking that I was trying to cram too much into her, and my daughter always takes time to warm up to something new. Also it seems that one missing component was TV or computer. I might not like it, but Anna learns a lot from TV and seems to mull the content of what she sees a lot more and a lot longer in her mind than she does for most books. I still don’t want to make TV a major part of our days, but I will be looking for something to extend our book learning in the future.
Anyway, I think we are going to wrap up our China adventure this week and head over to Germany. I am hoping that daughter will be more interested. After all, she is a German citizen, and it’s the only foreign country she has visited so far. I had a lot of plans, but I am really going to keep it simple and focus on German fairy tales. Cinderella, here we come.
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