I judge success of our geography hops by how well Anna incorporates what she learned into her independent play and how many questions she asks about the country and its culture. In this regard our Egypt theme was the best ever so far. Anna’s interest in Egypt started with our Passover study, so I decided to move Egypt theme ahead of my other plans. Usually I am not a big fan of books made from TV shows and movies, but Anna was obsessed with The Legend of the Golden Pyramid. I am trying to catch DVD in our local library, but it’s constantly checked out, and we cannot reserve DVDs. She also enjoyed Bill and Pete books by Tomie dePaola despite the fact that they had “A Bad Guy” in them. She wanted to see the Nile River on the map, and we looked at Africa in “adults’ atlas” finding what countries the Nile is flowing through and finding Egypt.
I’ve seen the River Nile, the Sphinx and other wonders of Egypt in person in 2001. It was one of the best vacations ever, because Egypt is an amazing country. I only had a few pictures to show Anna from that trip, but she was fascinated to see photos of (much younger) me next to the Pyramid, the Sphinx and the giant statues of Abu Simbel.
Anna keeps saying that she wants to go to Egypt when she is older (maybe when I am five?). For now she is content with recreating Egyptian monuments out of Lego. She built all those “famous Egyptian statues” while she was supposed to be taking a nap. I certainly hope that we can go again one day, so she can see the beauty and the might of the times long gone with her own eyes.
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