Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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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 July17_MapPlay2 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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11 comments:

Christy said...

My kids love to read about the Loch-Ness monster and they were very excited when we studied Vermont to find out that we have our own "monster" in Lake Champlain (Champy).

I love your adventures with Pooh and Piglet. That is a great way to make geography fun!

littlewondersdays said...

That's a really cute story about a monster in Europe! It's nice how interested she is in geography.

Little J went to a Montessori kindergarten and geography was a big part of the curriculum. He enjoyed "punching" out the different continent maps and learning about the countries.

Ticia said...

Don't worry my kids will go fight the Loch Ness Monster and tame her as a pet :).

I love the idea of a picnic like that.

Debbie said...

That is cute about the Loch-Ness Monster. I love how Pooh and all his friends were having such a party around the world.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Don't tell Anna, but there's supposed to be a Loch-Ness type monster in BC, too :)

Mom and Kiddo said...

An around-the-world party with Pooh and Piglet sounds like a great time. Kiddo also loves maps and he loves atlases which list facts about the locations. he also likes to pick up maps of places we visit, like the zoo or a museum. They give immediate gratification, since you can visit all the places on it!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a wonderful idea!! So funny about the monster in Europe -- LOL!

Julie said...

What a fun way to play with her atlas. I love the idea of an around-the-world picnic! I think M would love it too.

homeage said...

We check out our map whenever we get new postcards and try to find where on the map they came from, but an atlas like this would be a lot more fun, I think. Might just have to invest in a children's atlas when I can find a decent one!

Globes are fun too, but as we broke the light one Dadda's one we have moved it somewhere a bit less accessible :(

Kim said...

This looks like such fun! (I LOVE when Anna expels books from her room. She cracks me up!)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Children are fascinated by maps, I remember that an old street directory was a coveted book amongst the 4-5 year olds I taught some years ago.