Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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I decided to extend our country studies for more than one week going forward after some casual talk with Anna about our previous country visits. It transpired that they fade into her memory a little too quickly replaced by the next activity. So I am doing an experiment with Australia where we will spend more time in one country. This week is about animals. We read several good books already – both fiction and non-fiction. We talked about different Australian animals, what they eat and how they live. Then I gave Anna this page of animals (I put it together from Internet resources) and told her to find one animal that doesn’t belong. She promptly said, Dingo, because he has a word over him. I said, Eh, try again. She said, Still dingo, because he is a meat eater. Oct26_AustraliaD’oh – I was going for an elephant :). We then rolled a dice and picked that certain number of animals to place on the map of Australia. Anna insisted that her map will have an elephant – I guess the question on why elephants don’t naturally live in Australia will have to go to our question box. Anna was not at all interested in the map itself this time, but was happily cutting her animals and even expressed an interest in coloring them next. Apparently, her Australia has red koalas and blue emus :) Oct26_Australia2
We will continue learning about Australian animals this week. Next week we will learn a bit about aborigines and their art. In the meantime – perhaps someone can recommend good movies (documentary or non-scary fiction) about Australia that would be interesting to preschoolers? And share your adventures in time and space with History/Geography exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

14 comments:

Debbie said...

I like this lesson. I will remember this for when we start looking at other countries. Thank you for linking up this week.

Kim said...

I love that she chose Dingo because it had a word over it. Their minds are amazing.

Christy said...

We spend several weeks on each state and I have found that my kids remember a lot. My initial plan was to do one state each week so that we could finish in a year. It has been more than a year and we are not even halfway done. I don't have any reason to rush.

Phyllis said...

She looks like she is concentrating so hard. Cute.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

C picked rabbits, because they're pets.

Anna's reasoning is amazing!

MaryAnne said...

I love her crown! And that's funny that she insists elephants live in Australia and Dingos do not.

Aging Mommy said...

Oh priceless! Dingo WAS the right answer :-) That little girl is going far in this world, she is so very smart.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I tried to do a game "which one doesn't belong," with some cars and toys before, and I thought it was really funny how my son kept coming up with other answers than what I had intended too.

Discovering Montessori said...

Nice activity! Anna looks likes she is enjoying every bit. I don't have any books to suggest. I do know of a blog that has done a lot of activities regarding Australia. www.thehomeschoolden.blogspot.com. I hope this can lead you and Anna in the right direction for some more Australia fun. Thank you for sharing.

Ticia said...

Her reason totally cracked me up.

I love Caroline Arnold's books, I wish she had more of them. They're just so perfect.

Australia is actually the first place I started doing our animal pages because the kids loved them so much, and my kids still talk about it from time to time.

Joyful Learner said...

You might want to read Dingos at Dinnertime. We covered Australia in the past and I'm still surprised how much she remembers. I might have to try What does not belong game or maybe have her group animals?

The girl who painted trees said...

We are studying Australia too right now. Basically, we're just reading books about Australian animals. I have a post of books about Australia going up on Saturday for WMCR. We just flit back and forth between countries and continents, revisiting them every little while. Each time, she can add another layer of meaning and understanding to her prior knowledge.

Jenny said...

Well, the Imax Under the Sea includes the Great Barrier Reef, I think? Have you seen that? We recently started our country studies so I was just looking through all of your lessons you've done!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

We will be in Australia soon, thank you for more book titles!!

Her crown is awesome:-)!