As many of my regular readers know, we are big on world geography here. Anna likes to look at her IKEA World Atlas. For a while she expelled it out of her room claiming that there is a monster in Europe, and she doesn’t like monsters. She was right, one of UK landmarks was a Loch-Ness Monster. I spent some time trying to explain to her that this monster is not really real and then we sent Anna’s Pooh and Piglet on the expedition around the world. Anna loved the premise and was busy for a good hour – soon, of course, Pooh and Piglet were picnicking on every page of the book pretending to eat the crops that were displayed on the atlas. When I came to her room next day after her “quiet time”, there was quite a party going on “around the world”. I love teaching geography concepts in a playful and informal way and watch my daughter enjoying her pretend destinations. Here is hope that one day she will visit many of those places for real.
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