Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Target has a great sale on school stuff right now. This year I couldn’t stop myself from picking up the set of flashcards with the landmarks of the world. Anna was very excited. She spread them all on the table and said, Let’s play a game. Each will pick a card and tell a story about a card. If we all do a good job, we will have a chocolate chip cookie party (she got it from The Blabber Report book that was one of her favorites last week). Here is her story about Urulu (also known as Ayers Rock).

July16_Landmarks2 This Rock was stuck in the middle of Australia and was feeling lonely. It had nobody to talk to and no friends. So The Rock decided to go on a trip. First it went to a big city with an opera house and listened to some music. Then it went to… Europe! It saw Eiffel Tower and then it went to Russia to pick mushrooms. But it was too cold, and The Rock didn’t bring warm clothes. So he went to America and that’s where he is now.

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She also sorted landmarks into made-by-nature and man-made. She was fascinated by Mount Rushmore that is sort of both and asked if we can go there on our next vacation. Well, at least, it’s somewhat closer than, say, Urulu. I suggested to her to pick a destination for our next virtual trip. Luckily (and unexpectedly), she chose The Tower of Pisa. Read more tomorrow about our trip to Pisa.

Come and share your journeys in History/Geography Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

14 comments:

Christy said...

I'll have to look for those cards.

Ticia said...

Huh, my kids could so care less about landmarks. They were somewhat interested in the Great Barrier Reef, but that's because it has fish on it.

We're going to Mount Rushmore next year for a family reunion. Someday my vacations won't be somewhat planned out the year before they happen. Maybe, too many family reunions.

Debbie said...

What a cute story! You didn't say who won the game and got the chocolate cookie! What a great way of looking at all the great landmarks around the world.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Mt. Rushmore is fun - if you do ever go there - you can pass by here :)

Elle Belles Bows said...

Cute story and I definitely need to find the flash cards too. My husband travels a great deal and I am trying to incorporate his travels into learning. The flash cards would give her something tangible to associate with a particular city. Thanks for sharing!!

SANDRA said...

What a great way to learn famous landmarks. I need to get a set for my boys that we can use for our geography studies.

Thank you for sharing.

MaryAnne said...

Anna is such an awesome kid! I loved her store about Urulu =)

I haven't been to Target in weeks, and we need some school stuff - definitely see a trip in the near future (hopefully without all three children in tow...)

Aging Mommy said...

Oh sigh.....there would be no interest in those cards here BUT we have discovered a love for Uno Cards Mickey Mouse style and dominos Disney Princess style this week and are loving our new games. So I count that as progress. Oh and Target around here have also finally restocked on glow sticks which we ran out of waiting for them to do so which means bed time will be filled with them again tonight - hopefully the 150 I now have will last us a few weeks :-)

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Pathfinder Mom said...

Mount Rushmore's on my short list, too. :)

I have landmark cards queued up for my post tomorrow - wonder if they're the same ones. We haven't opened them yet.

Infant Bibliophile said...

We love those cards! We have them at our dinner table right now and read them while we eat. Anyone else would think I'm a crazy flashcard quizzing mom, but really, it just keeps our son entertained so he'll keep eating. He just likes to guess where each place is by the little colored map on the back. I try to tell him little stories about the places too.

Infant Bibliophile said...

PS Ours might be a little different. We have these: http://www.amazon.com/McNally-Schoolhouse-World-Landmarks-Flashcards/dp/0528934686/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279778197&sr=8-8

Elise said...

I don't normally buy flashcards, but if I saw the landmark set I think I would purchase them. i love finding bargains that we can use to learn new ideas and play.

I smiled when I read Anna's story about Uluru, I am impressed that she even mentioned the Opera House.

I read your previous post and share your concerns about the education system meeting the needs of Anna and all students for that matter. It takes a dedicated team to differentiate the curriculum, engage and challenge all students. It can be done, but all too often is not.

Joyful Learner said...

I love her made up story! It made me wonder where the rock would settle in the US! Kansas? It reminded me of the scrambled states. We have a set of landmark cards but no interest in them. I'm planning to use them this fall though!