We ended up in Maine sort of incidentally this week. Anna’s current favorite book My Kindergarten is set on Cranberry Island off Maine. There is a small geography section in the book where children build a map of their room, their school, their town and finally their state. I also managed to get One Morning in Maine in the library at last (it seemed to be permanently checked out) and got Maine Facts and Symbols for good measure. Anna declared Maine Facts boring (she was right, by the way), but she was interested to learn that Maine’s state animal is moose who happens to be one of her favorite animals and that its state berry is blueberry (her favorite berry). It also led to a lively discussion of whether US have a country animal. We researched it, and it turns out that US has American Bison in addition to its traditional Bald Eagle as a country animal. We also talked about life on am island portrayed both in My Kindergarten somewhat and in One Morning in Maine – how it is different from life in the city and how it is the same. I asked her to make a story that would start with the words one morning in Maine, and here is what she came up with:
One day in Maine two little girls ate some blueberries. One little girl got sick from blueberries, and her sister sent her home to mama and papa. Then she saw a moose, a hummingbird, some lions and also ducks. On her way home she passed the beach, but she didn’t see any animals except ten men, ten women and children who were playing and swimming. The end.
Obviously, Maine fauna is a very exotic in the eyes of a three year old :) For more adventures in time and space visit History/Geography Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.