Thursday, April 8, 2010

Planet EarthFirebird Rescue We have very little time for any structured activities while Anna’s grandparents are visiting us, so we put any country studies on hold. But we still stayed with our geography theme. We revisited Russia with Little Einsteins. Anna made me read her a couple of books that she found in the library, and I was interested enough to rent a Firebird Rescue from the library. Now I have Stravinsky’s Firebird theme stuck in my head since Sunday. Anna found certain moments a bit scary, but she liked Rocket a lot. So when grandparents and I took her to a Apr5_Rocket playground I asked her to pretend that the slide is a rocket. She really took off with this idea and was busy climbing into the rocket, flying to different places and sliding down the slide to explore the place. It was rather cold, so I asked her what cold places she could fly to. She flew to Canada, South Pole and, interestingly enough, to Greenland before running out of ideas. She remembered Greenland from Follow the Line Around the World book, but I had to repeat my explanation why this cold island is called Greenland. I hope that we can play this game again on the next playground visit, since it was a lot of fun to listen to her mini-stories about the locations she chose to visit. A lot of information is dancing in this little head making a delicious toddler fantasy soup.

To see more geography/history activities, visit History/Geography Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.


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5 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

If it's coming out in her play, she must be retaining more of the geography lessons than you thought - that's great!

Ticia said...

"toddler fantasy soup" I love it. My kids always crack me up with what they include in their play.

Debbie said...

That is great that she is able to recall through play. I agree if she is able to bring it out through play then she is retaining the material you are teaching her.

Adriana said...

Anna is obviously retaining a lot of information through her Geography studies. I love that she is able to use that information in creative play. BTW, Why is Greenland called "Green" land?

MaryAnne said...

I don't blame Anna needing a repeat of the "Greenland" story - I remember being confused by it the first time I heard it, and I was a lot older than Anna - nine or ten, I think!