We had a wonderful first week of learning with “It’s a Small World” theme with Mother Goose Time. The children really enjoyed learning about and exploring more deeply in many wonders around the world such as the Giant Sequoia trees in California, The Grand Canyon, Machu Picchu, Victoria Falls, The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Mt. Everest, The Great Wall of China, The Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, and more! My boys were really fascinated with all of the different things that they learned about. They said that their favorites were learning about Mt. Everest and The Great Wall of China.
Learning about the Giant Sequoias brought on some great nature study topics such as learning about the rings on the trees to determine how old it is and going outside to try to find an opportunity to count rings on trees that have been cut down already. We also expanded on some history of the Sequoias. Finally, we decided to add California to our “wish list” of places to visit so that we can add it to future traveling plans.
The boys also got a chance to learn more about taking pictures, which led to a brief discussion and tutorial about the parts of a camera, and they even got a chance to take some pictures with mama’s camera. In addition, they really enjoyed the crafts and activities as always, and made their own camera to creatively play with. Interestingly, learning more about cameras has inspired one of the boys to sneak mama’s phone camera and take many pictures this week!
This monthly theme has encouraged us to visit the world map on our wall quite a bit. Identifying various locations on the map is always amazing to the boys, especially when they visually see how far we live from other parts of the world. I love how this month’s theme has really incorporated a lot of Geography so far and we are looking forward to exploring more wonders around the world in the weeks to come.