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:
- 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.