We returned to geography studies by pulling one country geocard at random. It turned out to be Morocco. I have never been to Morocco, but I lived in France who has strong ties with Morocco including many nice restaurants. Still, I had to prepare for this. We looked up Morocco on the atlas and discussed how it is so close to Europe, but has Strait of Gibraltar in between. I told Anna how I saw Strait of Gibraltar from the other side visiting Spain a few years ago. She colored (reluctantly) “follow the instructions” map of Morocco, and we read a great book The Butter Man. This is a good introduction to the idea that food on the table doesn’t come for granted to many people around the world. There is also an author note in the end of the book about traditions and customs of the Moroccan Berbers. I had all intentions to follow up this book with a chicken tagine (we actually have a real tagine at home), but with my crazy work schedule it didn’t happen yet.
Since I wanted Anna to remember something about Morocco long term, I made a set of cards for our scrap page. They will go in an envelope of “famous things” on the same page as a map of Morocco. We talked about these famous things, watched some photos of Morocco online and tried our belly dancing moves while watching videos of professional belly dancers on YouTube. Anna was interested to learn a bit about mosques and the fact that not everybody believes in Jesus. She was able to recall our previous conversations about Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, so she does retain some parts of our geography studies.
Our Moroccan craft is supposed to be “good luck hands”. It’s simple, but Anna had no desire whatsoever to do it, at least not yet. In fact, she “countered” me with her own idea – let’s get our face paint crayons and decorate our own hands instead. I was very fashionable with “pretty designs and curricles” of every color we had. Anna has requested a flower and a lizard. I still want to make “paper hands” for our scrapbook, but I have to wait for inspiration to strike.