Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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F is for Flag
I have decided to spend our June geography time on US in preparation for Independence Day. Unfortunately, this week Anna was less than on board with this theme. We read two books, F is for Flag and Red, White and Blue, but she said that both of them were boring. I think she was upset that she was not able to read them herself because of all the dates and names that are unfamiliar to her. I thought that Red, White and Blue is definitely better for older children, but even I learned a thing or two from reading June14_RedWhiteBlue it. Anna did answer comprehension questions correctly – like what is the difference between the first flag and the flag of today or why we have 50 stars on the flag, but somehow the whole thing clearly bored her to tears. She enjoyed her red, white and blue snack even though we had a big fight about the amount of whipped cream she is supposed to have on it. I hope that she is going to be more interested in The Scrambled States of America that I am saving until my return from travels. 
Speaking of travels, I am on my own personal geography track starting today. It’s all work-related, but I am flying first to UK and then to Israel and returning back to the States late next Thursday. I love to write “live” posts, but I think I have enough “canned” material, so I can keep blogging on the road. I can’t wait to be back with my family though!
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10 comments:

Adriana said...

Diego hasn't liked most of my "great" ideas lately either. :( Have a safe trip!

The girl who painted trees said...

Have a great trip.
I just reserved The Scrambled States at the library. Bear didn't like it 6 months ago, but now we have a puzzle where each piece is one state, so we can "play" along with the book.

Ticia said...

I'm jealous of your trip!

Debbie said...

Hopefully things will settle down here just in time to look at the reason for the the 4th of July.

Have a safe trip.

Pathfinder Mom said...

We have Red, White and Blue on the counter right now. I had intended to read it on Monday for Flag Day but having company put a crimp in our plans. I wonder if TB will like it. He's pretty interested in flags in general, so I'm hopeful!

Have a fun and safe trip!

Christy said...

Have a great trip.

Collin likes the Scrambled States of America, but Reagan has no interest in the books. We also have the board game but we have yet to play it. I can't wait to hear what Anna thinks of the book.

Aging Mommy said...

Wow Natalie that is some trip you have planned there - if you have never been to Israel before I hope you get time to see the sights and say hello to my homeland for me will you? Have a fabulous trip.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Can't wait to see pictures from your travels! And, I love Anna's triumphant grin with her snack - she must not have come out too badly wiht the whip cream :)

Joyful Learner said...

I did a post in Scrambled States of America. It was a bit hit at our house! I forgot how I introduced the flag but JC has been pointing out American flags everywhere. I think it helps to relate the 50 stars to the 50 states. Also you might try coloring or putting stickers on a map if Anna is into that sort of thing.

Have a wonderful trip!

MaryAnne said...

What a trip! I hope you get a chance to see the sights as well as work.

Anna does look immensely pleased with her treat =)