We had a great time with our geography topic of England. It was the first country Anna specifically requested. As always, we read different books, but focused around something that Anna could connect to. In case of England it was castles and tea parties. By the way, Look What Came from England book disappointed me, since it mentioned neither.
Incidentally our Target had foam swords in their $1 bins, and I couldn’t resist. Daughter really enjoyed the whole castle unit, and we read The Knight at Dawn from Magic Tree House. I was skeptical throughout the whole book about Anna’s ability to actually comprehend the story, and I am pretty sure that she didn’t grasp it fully. In fact, we read every castle chapter twice because it was clear to me from simple comprehension questions that she couldn’t absorb the vocabulary and the story line in one pass. But still the book kept her interest and now she also knows that there are more books available. She already begs to start reading the next one. I think a return visit to Egypt is in the cards :)
I wanted to make something British with Anna, and on Sunday we made a proper British tea party with freshly baked scones. Somehow I always have the same experience with baking to the new recipe – the dough is a lot stickier than I expect it to be, and I end up adding a lot more flour than recipe asks for. I am curious if experienced bakers have any remedy for it? Anna was very good helping me with flour – even though we don’t do a lot of Montessori activities, she gets better and better with scooping and pouring. While we were busy with scones, papa prepared a proper tea, and Anna got the “real tea cup” from our tea set for the first time. She was beyond pleased, and the whole tea party was a true “create a memory” experience, because it just doesn’t happen often enough in our house.
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