Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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This Sunday we went sailing with our friends again. It was not Anna’s first time, and she got very excited when we told her about the upcoming trip. She hasn’t had a bad experience with too much wind yet, and the boat of our friends is rather comfortable. Her first question was, What country we will be sailing to? We had to disappoint her a bit and show her on a map that we are going to stay fairly local and sail in San Francisco Bay.
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It was interesting to see how during this “practical geography” experience a lot of “latent knowledge” that Anna accumulated during our readings, talks and play time suddenly bubbled up to the surface of her mind. For example, she pointed out the flag on one of the boats and said, Mama, why is this flag more like an old American flag? It has stars and stripes, but stars are in a circle. I had no idea that she even remembered this information from one of the books we read for Independence Day. Then she read the name of the boat next to us, African Rover, and asked me, Why is it African Rover and not American Rover? I said, Umm… Maybe they went to Africa and liked it there. Anna nodded and said, OK, so if someone from Africa comes to America, then they will call their boat American Rover.
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We anchored for lunch at Treasure Island. As we approached it, I asked Anna, Do you know what an island is? She thought for a moment and said, This is a tiny pebble in the middle of an ocean (obviously remembering the map). I asked her, Does this one look like a pebble to you? She answered, Oh no, this one is gigantic! This cracked me up, since Treasure Island is really very small.
We had a wonderful day, and I can’t wait to do more “practical geography” trips with Anna. It’s really amazing to see how these actual experiences help her apply her knowledge while having fun at the same time.
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11 comments:

Christy said...

I love the way you write out Anna's thought process! She is very clever.

Judy said...

What a wonderful experience!

littlewondersdays said...

That looks like so much fun. What a great experience!

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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great day! And, what a nice assurance for you, of what Anna has been learning - that's always so cool.

Debbie said...

This sounds like great fun! I love taking our geography out into the real world with Selena. It is fun to actually see how much they are learning through these experiences.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a great trip and learning experience! I love how she views islands -- so cute!!! It's great to see that she's really absorbing the information gained from all that reading!! :-)

MaryAnne said...

What a neat sailing trip, I think it's especially exciting that you docked at (gigantic) Treasure Island =)

Pathfinder Mom said...

Isn't it great to see that all those little bits really are sinking in and making connections?

Ticia said...

I love those first two pictures of Anna, especially the one of her on the boat.

It's always so much fun to see them applying the things they've learned, and I agree hands on geography is the best way!

Kim said...

We found the same thing with Crumpet as we traveled cross country - all of their book knowledge comes together when they see things in real life!