Sunday, February 7, 2010

Planet Earth 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.

Postcards from Buster

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 :)

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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 :)

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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.

To visit more journeys into geography or history, visit Geography Exchange at Children Grow Children Explore Children Learn.

10 comments:

Kim said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Using the stairs for mountain climbing is a great idea.

Susana said...

You both had fun with your geography activities. Love the Mt. Everest idea!

Buster used to make a cartoon years back on PBS called Buster's Postcards From the Edge. It was pretty cute--his postcards came to life with his adventures.

You had such a great week of geography

Infant Bibliophile said...

Our son loves pointing at the mountains around us when we are out walking, and naming the ranges (there are only two so he has a 50/50 shot of being right!). Then sometimes he asks me to name other mountains, so as we're out strolling I just list off mountains I know. I was wondering around christmas time if I could find some sort of children's book about mountains that he might enjoy, but I decided to just wait awhile. I even thought about just making a quick photo book online of famous mountains. I love your ideas.

Debbie said...

That is so cute that Anna wanted a pully system to climb the mountain.

Great unit study! Thank you for linking up.

Crunchy and Green said...

Sounds like a fun week, and the mountain climbing the stairs was a brilliant idea!

Christy said...

Great ideas. I love the sticker mountain climbing. I'll have to keep that in mind. We go through a lot of stickers here too. Occasionally, I manage to find good ones at Dollar Tree.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I lover her sticker collage of the dinosaurs and people climbing mountains. I have to say that really made me smile. :) I grew up in western Montana with mountains all around... I really need to do some of these things with Matthew, but I'm afraid it will make me homesick. We'll definitely look for Buster Climbs the Walls!

Mom and Kiddo said...

My son likes those Buster books, too.

Ticia said...

I remember exploring those mountains as a kid.
I love Anna's creativity, that's a great idea to use her backpack as a pulley.