Wednesday, October 13, 2010

image Christopher ColumbusI really wanted to read something about Christopher Columbus for Columbus Day, but my prior experience showed that it’s quite hard to find books about historic events or figures that would be written for preschoolers. I was so excited to find Christopher Columbus by Marion Dane Bauer on Amazon that I bought it at once. I was not disappointed – the story was perfect for Anna. It praises perseverance of Columbus and his ability to dream and gives basic facts about the voyage. Illustrations by Liz Goulet Dubois are bright and cheerful. As we read the story, we looked at the map to discuss Columbus’ intentions and his actual path. Oct11_CorkShipsI really liked a brilliant balloon idea from Almost Unschoolers, but I didn’t have any prep time to execute on it (and no round blue balloons either). There is always next year!  Instead I decided to make our own Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria from corks, leaves and toothpicks. It proved to be a lot more difficult than I thought. Our ships kept turning over – Anna pointed out that maybe it’s because corks came from wine bottles :) She lost interest in them fairly quickly and moved on to making her own ships out of leaves and seeds.

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10 comments:

Christy said...

We own that book too. I had every intention of doing the Almost Unschoolers activity, but we had a busy day and never got to it. I still might do it this week; my kids won't mind if we are a little late.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Tipsy corks - that's very funny! I try to keep a wide selection of balloons on hand - they're great for last minute projects.

Debbie said...

I must remember that book for next year, like you I just have a hard time finding books that are right for the preschooler's mind. Looks like Anna had fun with her little boats. Thank you for linking up this week.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

It is challenging to find history books geared towards preschoolers -- great job! The cork ships look so cute. We tried something similar and had a hard time with it too, but you never know unless you try!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I never get it together to do stuff for holidays like this. I just can't deal with the deadline! I like the idea of making the three ships, that would be fun.

Ticia said...

It's hard to find good books, but I've had occasional luck. I'll have to look and see what I can find of the ones I know of and share it sometime.

MaryAnne said...

I should look for that book for next Columbus Day with my kids. I like your boat idea!

Phyllis said...

I loved this post. Thanks for the tip on the book. We loved making cork boats one year, too. Fun.

Elise said...

I'm always on the lookout for books that are about siginificant events or days we celebrate. It's always exciting when you do find one that is suitable.

Making boats sounds like fun. This is on our Spring bucket list.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Looks like a great book! I love the idea of showing her Columbus' intended route on the globe/map. I should have done that too. I kind of forgot about Columbus Day this year, since it wasn't a work holiday here.