I decided to extend our country studies for more than one week going forward after some casual talk with Smarty 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 Smarty 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. D’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. Smarty 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. Smarty 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 :)
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.