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BOOK SERIES REVIEW: Great geography & culture book series: A Child’s Day

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Found this book at the library while researching books on China to use with this idea of Homeschooling with The Amazing Race, as discussed in our podcast episode #19.

 

This series is full of beautifully done photo picture books depicting a child from a foreign (as in, non-American) city/village. Each book is a different child in a different country.

 

In the China book, they introduce you to the child and her family, show her home and how she starts here day. From there it goes through her typical day and describes many different items and traditions that are unique to her country (with lots of great photos!)  The story ends with bedtime and afterwards are a few pages with “More About China”, “Language of China”, “The Chinese Words in the Book”, and “Find out more” (which is a short list of other books about China.

 

Here’s a list of other books in the series:

Bongani’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a South African City

Iina-Marja’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in Lapland

Geeta’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in an Indian Village

Cassio’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Brazilian Village

Nii Kwei’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Ghanaian City

Huy and Winh’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Vietnamese Town

Enrique’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Peruvian City

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Blast Off to Earth!: A Look at Geography

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This book was so cute and fun! A class of kid robots from space visit the Earth on a field trip. A robot guide narrates info about the planet, including going through each continent and describing the uniqueness of each. I highly recommend reading in a robot voice to your kids! We had so much fun taking turns reading different parts in our robot voices! 🙂 Great book! For ALL ages!

 

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Make a rain gauge out of a soda bottle

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So I’m working on geography with my 6yr old, using a method that is supposed to be something Charlotte Mason would have approved of (it came out of the core book that I bought from a website that, sadly, no longer exists)…and we need a rain gauge. So I thought it would be great to make one ourselves. And we just happened to have a 2liter plastic soda bottle (something we pretty much NEVER have, because we so rarely have soda…but just so happens that my hubby and I splurged on a recent date night at home.) …

So I let my fingers do the walking and Googling immediately turned up this: http://www.weirdsciencekids.com/RainGauge.html
VOILA! That’ll work! So I’m going to update this post after we get a chance to make it. I’ll post pics at that point.

I don’t expect rain anytime in the near future, but October is kind of a weird month in our part of California (Central Valley) so you never really know.

More to come!!

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BOOK REVIEW: Rain Forest: Interactive Geography Kit

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Some of the activities in this book I had to adjust to make it more “hands-on” and less “teacher-directed, cookie cutter art”…but there is some fantastic ideas in here if you are doing a unit on the rain forest! It comes with a really terrific poster, & copyable pages for games and such. This was designed for grades 2-5, but I’m sure can be adjusted…I used some of this during “Habitats Week” at Summer Science Camp at a local science center years ago, & the kids (all ages) really dug it! (I highly recommend turning your room into a jungle to help with the effect…the kids really get into the process & jungle nature tapes are not hard to find to add to the mood!)

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