Our first geography topic for the year was my choice, and it was Arctic. It seemed appropriate for January even though we are not getting any snow where we live. We read a lot of Arctic-themed books. I was wondering if Anna asks why some of them don’t mention Santa Claus (we also read some fictional books that placed him in Lapland), but she didn’t seem to pick up on that fact. She really enjoyed Polar Bear Patrol from Magic School Bus chapter book series and read it on her own a few times. It’s funny that she was a lot more interested in Magic School Bus transformations and in building an igloo that doesn’t melt than in animals’ facts even though I think she picked up some new facts from all the books we read. She seemed to like Magic School Bus chapter book a lot more than Magic Tree House, probably because an adult is actually in charge.
Santa brought Anna an Arctic toob, and she took her polar friends to ice. Her favorite part was adding salt to ice and then licking it off. She would make a good deer with her love of salt. While playing we also did different ice experiments (I might manage a post about them some day soon).
Russian Grandfather Frost has stopped by on New Year’s Eve too. Was Anna ever surprised that he had ventured so far off from Russia! He brought over a Lego Arctic snowmobile that she put together with the guidance from papa. Then it was off to more Arctic play – some Playmobil characters and accessories has joined the expedition too. Soon all the animals were marching off to Africa led by a plastic rabbit. An igloo was marching too.
I have plans for an Arctic lapbook – we’ll see next week whether they materialize or not. And I am linking this post to Play Academy hosted by Nurture Store, We Play hosted by Childhood 101 and to Geography and History Exchange hosted by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.