Tuesday, August 24, 2010








I wonder sometimes what Anna remembers from our geography studies, so now I decided to have her tell me stories about the places that we visit virtually visit every week. I write them down, so I can type them in and add to our landmark pages. Here is one from the last week (the first time we did it):

  • Me: Anna, what can you tell me about Hoover Dam?
  • Anna: Why are you writing in this book? You were writing in a different book before!
  • Me: See, I tried to find the other book, but I can’t remember where I put it. So… Hoover Dam?
  • Anna: Yes. It was built in the forties.
  • Me (thinking that I didn’t hear her right). It was built in the forties?
  • Anna: No, wait… In the thirties? One of the guys who built the dam got very sick, because he was working all day in the heat. (there was something about poor working conditions in the porton of the Hoover Dam movie that we watched together). Dam keeps water out of land and then… Mama, what does it mean “provide”?
  • Me: It means “give”. And then?
  • Anna: And then it gives water to people who need it and to farmers.
  • Me: What else does dam do?
  • Anna: I don’t know.
  • Me: Remember, there are machines inside of the dam? What do they do?
  • Anna: Oh! They give electricity. I knew it, but I just wanted to keep it a secret.
  • Me: Do you remember what dam is made of?
  • Anna: No.
  • Me: Is it made out of wood?
  • Anna: Yes. And also out of sticks, mud and flower petals.
  • Me: This would make it a beaver dam or a pixie dam.
  • Anna: Pixies are not real. Our dam was out of rocks and sand, and it was leaking water. (Giggles).

I am linking this post to Tiny Talk Tuesday at Not Before 7 and to Geography/History Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.


Kim said...

I LOVE it. Great idea to have her retell it to you. If Crumpet can't remember something, he'll often tell me he knows but it's a secret. So funny.

Christy said...


Your mention of putting this information into a book made me wonder about your methods! I am trying to figure out how I want to keep track of everything we do at home (educational activities). What kind of system do you use?

MaryAnne said...

What a fantastic daughter you have!

Ticia said...

I love her retelling. It seems so much like how my kids do it. And kid retellings always crack me up.

April said...

Hee hee, she wanted to keep it a secret. I will have to remember that so I can use it on my husband.

Aging Mommy said...

I love this - not only is Anna so smart she is also incredibly funny!

My Family My Forever said...

Natalie, this is wonderful. So sweet and funny, and she's so smart!

You will treasure reading this in the years to come. What a great idea!

Debbie said...

I love this! What a great idea, I love her retelling of this lesson.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow - what a great retelling - she sure retained a ton!

LOVE the "I knew it but was keeping it a secret" hehehehe!

Happy TTT!