Friday, February 12, 2010

Planet Earth China_Card

I am very excited to switch gears in our geography track and go deeper into individual countries. I know that many people choose to start closer to home – with regional studies and then expand out. But I really think that Anna will be more excited about “outside in” approach – traveling in her imagination to exotic places and learning about different cultures. I do want to link it back to something that she can directly experience – food, field trips, activities and holidays celebrated around her. I am not sure how much time we will spend on each country – I will decide on this based on her degree of interest and available time. Our first stop is China because Lunar New Year starts on Sunday, and that’s when we will start our journey. I also hope to alternate between Anna’s choices and my choices in the future when she understands the setup of those country hops better.

I am really enjoying reading Joyful Mommy and Joyful Child blog where she shares a lot of fantastic geography ideas. She just published a great post about traveling to China, and I am going to reuse some of her links. Julie from The Adventures of Bear is also on her way to Asia, and she asked to share the relevant materials. Well, here is a sneak peak on what I will be using in the next couple of weeks.


As you know, I teach through books. I was waiting patiently for them to arrive via our awesome Link+ system, but now we are all set to go. Here are some other things that we want to do while we visit China:

Crafts. I am just going to show daughter some choices from DLTK China and from Crafty Crow Chinese New Year. I am somewhat skeptical that she will settle on something, but we’ll see.


  • Look at a map.
  • Play dominoes – the game originated in China.
  • Play with tangrams.
  • Make a paper kite.
  • Fold paper in a fan fold (I expect that I will do most of the folding, but maybe Anna will fold a narrow stripe of paper).
  • Look at Chinese characters – pretend to paint some.
  • Make The Great Wall of China out of Lego blocks
  • Make a circle Panda Bear – Nicole at Tired, Need Sleep has an adorable printable for it.
  • Dot-to-dot dragon.
  • Dancing with silks.
  • Chinese cooking – haven’t decided yet what it will be, but something including rice, of course.
  • “Follow the leader” – whatever strikes Anna’s interest in the books we read.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It looks like you've put together a great study. I hope Anna really enjoys it.

Ticia said...

I was excited to see you're going to read Grandfather Tang's Story, I love that book.
And, here's another site for you:
It's an American who is living in China right now. You might browse through her stuff to see if she has anything you can incorporate.
I totally forgot to mention that when I saw "The Adventures of Bear" post.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I like the outside-in approach to geography. I was introduced to it through Montessori.
I got a neat book called "Children Just Like Me" used at a homeschool conference last year. It features children from all over the world, usually in native dress, and it has a couple of pages for each country. It has great pictures and features information about the children's life, food and customs. It's divided by continents and countries. Here's a link: Children Just Like Me We really enjoy it. :)

Kylie said...

Sounds like a great plan. We also have the Children Just Like Me book and would recommend it. I am also doing Geography/History from outside in. :)

Debbie said...

I'm excited to see what you do in your China studies--we're doing China next month! Right now we're studying Japan. I love the Look What Came From series--the China one was the first of the series I ever purchased. Oh, and we use the Children Just Like Me book too. Thanks for the links--I'll be checking back! : )

Debbie said...

This sounds like a great study of China. I look forward to seeing everything you do.

Adriana said...

We are learning about China right now also. I will put up a post with a couple of cool links that I found. Thanks for the great ideas! I am going to add the dominos and Lego Great Wall to our list. We were going to start a new topic on Monday but he has been so interested in China that we are going to keep going for awhile.

The girl who painted trees said...

We also do outside in. Thanks for linking to my list. I love the book Grandfather Tang's Journey. I forgot to look for it at the library. I also love to teach with books.