April 22, 2013

Mommy School - Summer School Plan 3

The third week of Mommy school will be about the of the world.  We'll learn about the continents and how they differ from each other.  I thought this would be good after learning about the planets and space the week before.  Here are a few activities we plan on doing.

1) I want to make a big map for the boys to see.  I figure I can print one off at Staples as a blueprint so it'll only be $3 and they can color it.  Then we'll play continent Twister like I saw HERE.  That'll give them a brief intro to each continent and then we can spend a day on each one.

2)  After spending a LOT of time looking for ideas on teaching the boys about the different countries and what animals live there, what the climate is like, what traditions they have, etc. I couldn't find a whole lot.  Then I came upon this app for an iPad.  It's called Barefoot World Atlas, and it's based on a series of books you can find HERE.  You can watch a demo video about the app HERE.  The downside is that it's $4.99, but that's a whole lot of info for the price and I think it will be a really cool way for the boys to learn about their world.  The demo video had me hooked.

3) I'd like us to do some cooking from some of the different cultures.  We already eat a lot of different types of foods, so maybe I'll have the boys put a sticker on our map to show where the meal we're eating comes from.  Even our fruits we eat as snacks would be fun to put on the map.  

There's a cute little video about that HERE.  We can also hunt on the labels of our food to figure it out. Then we'll map it.  Sorry - no picture yet since we haven't done it.

4) I also want to map where the animals live.  Maybe I'll let the boys draw pictures of different animals on our map, or print off little pictures and have them glue them to our map.  I think it would be easy to find some to print off.

That's all I've got for now.  Please feel free to share ideas or activities you'd recommend to go along with the week's theme.  Thanks for reading.


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