This week Smarty pulled Hoover Dam from her landmark cards pile. It was our first man-made landmark, and I mentioned this fact to her. The first thing she wanted to know is why it’s called man-made and not “men and women made”. I explained to her that man-made means “made by humans” and this satisfied her… for the time being.
My husband visited Hoover Dam “before my time” and this time his tendency to accumulate souvenirs paid off. Smarty enjoyed trying a “real” Hoover Dam hard hat even though it was a little heavy for her head, and we looked at the photos that he took of Hoover’s Dam.
We also read a non-fiction books about dams called Dams Give Us Power. I was somewhat skeptical ordering it in the library, but for the most part it was age appropriate and had beautiful photos in it. It also showed natural dams and dams built by kids for fun. We tried to build a dam in our sand-and-water table, but this attempt failed miserably and I kept wishing for us to have access to a creek. I remember very well building lots of dams in early spring when streams of melted water were running along the streets of my childhood neighborhood.
I was also skeptical while picking up a non-fiction DVD on Hoover Dam in the library, but Smarty was quite interested in the first 20 minutes of it that showed Hoover Dam of today inside and out and explained the history behind its construction. She was fascinated that people can actually walk inside of the dam. Then she lost interest, and I think her head was too full of new information anyway. I think it was the first time when she realized that US has deserts too – apparently she thought that only Egypt has them :)
Smarty also had a lot of questions about beavers, so I might organize us some sort of a “beaver day”… if I find a good book in the library. We did read one great non-fiction book about them that I will review in my What My Child Is Reading post on Saturday.
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