Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Read Around the World–California

Our California

Our next stop in reading around the world was California. Anna is still struggling in the whole state vs country concept, especially if state is so big as our California. The book talks about several distinct regions of California, and I am thinking that it would be cool to visit all of them eventually. Our California is gorgeously illustrated by Rafael Lopez, and I really hoped to do a painting in this style, but daughter wasn’t terribly interested so far. Instead she wanted to do more coloring – we both enjoy May4_Californiacoloring sessions when both of us color together for our mini-book and talk. That’s when I usually tell her more about the place we are studying. This time we started talking about famous man-made landmarks, and Anna wanted to know what top 10 are. Two in US made my list – Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge. When I got to Rio de Janeiro and its Christ the Redeemer statue, Anna wanted to know how did people know how Christ looked like which took us away from geography and on to religion, genetics and other topics.

California

We also watched this DVD from US Geography for Children series. I thought that it managed to cover quite a lot of ground in 23 minutes – touching upon history, geography, economy and culture of California. Still, Anna struggled a lot answering What is special about California? question. After some prompting she offered Golden Gate Bridge, redwoods, Pacific Ocean and… Statue of Liberty SmileAnd then she picked up another “difficult country” for our next visit – Romania.

8 comments:

Phyllis said...

Yes, continent, country and state are difficult concepts for young ones to grasp.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

They both look like wonderful resources!

MaryAnne K said...

One of my brothers lived in Romania for two years! Anything you want me to ask him?

I think the state/country question is very challenging for kids!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I miss California!

Ticia said...

My kiddos struggle too with the difference between that. For the longest time they were having a hard time with city versus state.

Chris said...

I really like the US Geography DVD series. I'm going to check out a few new ones in about a month to watch before we go on a big East Coast trip. It's so much fun reading about your travels before going there. And you should try to visit all the regions of California! It's one of the most beautiful states I've ever visited.

Christy said...

We haven't done any geography projects in months. C just did a project on China for school though.

Debbie said...

Selena has a pretty good concept of State and Country, but she struggles with so many cities in one State.

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