We finally managed to catch up with my original plan and went to visit the mountains in our geography track. Technically, we have mountains around us, but they are not very high. Still, from time to time we can even see snow on their tops during the coldest or rainiest winter days. We looked up various mountain ranges in her atlas and talked about animals living in the mountains, specifically about panda bears.
By the end of the week Buster Climbs the Walls emerged as a winner among the books about mountains. I felt that the book is weak and just tries to retell the PBS show (which we don’t watch), but Anna likes Arthur books a lot. We went to a birthday party once where bigger kids could try their hand at indoor rock-climbing, so the concept was not new to her. She also enjoyed listening to all the postcards that Buster is sending to his friends, and that gave me some ideas for future geography travels. Stay tuned :)
Anna watched an episode from Sid the Science Kid where Sid and his friends took his toy panda bear to the top of Mount Everest (that is, to the top of the slide). I suggested to do the same with her kitty at home. Our Mount Everest was, of course, second floor. First Anna declared that she needs a pulley. Then she grabbed her backpack and declared that it will be her pulley, and she had a blast climbing up and down the stairs with her kitty in her backpack. I was a welcoming committee of Mount Everest sitting on top of the stairs :)
I had more plans for mountain related crafts, but they didn’t materialize. The only thing that we did is mountain climbing with stickers. I wish now I bought more of those $1 packs of people/pets stickers, they sure go fast in this house.
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