Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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.

Jan3_Ice1Santa 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).

 

Jan3_Ice2

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 Jan3_Ice3Africa 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.

13 comments:

Christy said...

I love everything you did! How cool. The deer comment made me laugh.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great play, and learning!

Discovering Montessori said...

Nice! I love the photo of Anna licking the ice! Fun. Thank you for sharing.

Ticia said...

I have never heard of Grandfather Frost before. Looks like a fun learning lesson.

As a side note, I've noticed when I was teaching the kids never seemed to ask about where Santa was in the polar regions and when we studied about it, it didn't bother them we didn't talk about Santa. So, she's not alone.

Debbie said...

Looks like Anna had a lot of fun! Thank you for linking up this week.

Kim said...

What fun arctic games she created! Crumpet LOVES Magic School Bus books too.

Mom and Kiddo said...

We did some sort of ice cube and salt experiment a while ago. I never posted about it though. It sounds like you might have done the same one. I hope you post about your ice experiments. I'm curious.

Kylie said...

Magic School Bus books are fun aren't they. Looking forward to seeing yoru lapbook.

MaryAnne said...

My kids share Anna's love of salt! The Arctic Toob looks great! I think I should invest in some of those toobs, they look neat.

Julie said...

What a fun and comprehensive lesson on the arctic! It sounds like she really enjoyed it! C likes the Magic School Bus books too, and I like that they're so informative.

Jenny said...

Anna, I'd probably be trying to lick the salt off the ice, too. I love Magic School Bus. My boys do, too, but I'm not sure my 3 year old daughter does yet. Hopefully, she'll jump on board. Lots of fun. This is how unimaginative I am when it comes to playtime - I probably wouldn't have even thought of using a white sheet at the Arctic.

Cathy at NurtureStore said...

Hello! And thank you for linking up with the Play Academy. My girls love small world play and have a thing about penguins at the moment. They'll love the white sheet snow idea. Cathy :)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

That picture of Anna salt licking is cute. I love it when they line up their toys like she is doing in the last picture for her procession.