Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Titanic

Our current listening selection in the car is Magic Tree House – Books 17-24 (it just happened so that this particular compilation was available from the library). Anna was extremely fascinated with the first book in these group – Tonight on the Titanic. I doubt that she would have chosen to read a book without listening to it first, but once she listened to the story she asked for both a book and a non-fiction research guide. She quickly read through both of them and asked very Mar21_Titanic1many questions. Mostly she was interested in why everyone  thought that this ship cannot sink, why there wasn’t enough lifeboats for everyone and why people couldn’t “just swim to safety” if they had life vests. She was also interested in whether people on Titanic had flashlights, and this sent us to the computer to see when flashlights were invented. She said that the story is pretty sad, but she was up for “correcting the errors of the past” and Lifeboat drillbuilding her own Titanic. As you can see, it’s pretty safe – with a lot of life boats and even a police boat nearby to save everyone. She called the police boat “Carpenter” – this is how she read “Carpathia” in Titanic Research Guide. Anna brainstormed several ideas of placing lifeboats on top  of her Lego Titanic, but eventually gave up on them – just like real Titanic builders. But she made sure to conduct a lifeboat drill and even saved the table from Titanic to have a feast later.

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12 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Sounds like Anna would be a fan of the motto, "Safety First!"

Elise said...

It's fascinating to hear Anna's well thought out questions. It's fantastic that one book led to so much learning and creating.

The rainbow xylophone looks like a fun activity. I like that it's simple to put together and I imagine that children would really enjoy playing with this.

I really enjoyed reading Anna's reviews as the "librarian" - such a great idea to include her in this role.

Anna taught me the interesting fact that sunflowers can be taller than giraffes. Reminds me of the quote from Dr Suess - the more you read, the more know .....

Ticia said...

I knew a girl in high school who was obsessed with the Titanic and found all the information she could find about it. It was amazing.

I love that she built her own and corrected it.

Debbie said...

I love how Anna's thought process works. Our girls definitely come from the opposite ends of the spectrum.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very nice of her to correct the errors! Even if in the end she ended up not being able to fit on the life boats. I've never been able to interest my children in the go along study guides for that series.

MaryAnne said...

I love that she made a "safe" Titanic!

Christy said...

I love the way she fixed the Titanic! I have never looked at the study guides that go along with the series. I'm making a note to do that.

Joyful Learner said...

We've never managed to get through any of the study guides. But it's interesting how I started off reading the books to her and now she's reading them by herself...up to book #31 and insists on going in order! She took a break from them for awhile and found renewed interest lately.

Anna sounds very sensible. If they were characters in the book, Anna would be more like Jack and K, Annie. :)

Julie said...

I love this! And I love the Magic Tree House books. I wish C was more interested in them. I still can't figure out why he's not.

Discovering Montessori said...

Every time I read your post about Anna I get inspired! I do feel a "change" for the good is coming. Can't wait to help elect Anna Predident. Thank you for sharing.

littlewondersdays said...

Anna had great questions!

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

We LOVE the Magic Tree House series too!