Exploring Our World… what worked, what didn’t

17 Jun

Well, here we are a few weeks into summer, and already my plans of super-organization are falling to the wayside in favor of having a lot more adventures outside–but really, in the end, I think the “lesson” is for me, not the littles.  Chill. Out. It’s summer!  When you live in the frozen tundra  Midwest, you have to savor the warmth and bask in the warm days while they are here!

Here is the little summary (ha, the first time I typed that it came out “summery”) of what I had planned for the week initially, in my little dream world:

Goal is to eat our way around the globe- have a meal from each continent at least once. (Obviously not Antarctica. Or Atlantis if you believe that’s out there somewhere 😉 )
– Read some books about children of the world, what they wear, what school is like etc.
– International paper dolls or coloring pages
-Look up the weather for different places around the world

What did we end up doing?

-We had tacos for dinner once… Good ol’ Americanized ground beef on hard shells….
-We went to an “Island Breeze” concert – a free kids concert in the park with Carribean inspired music (with some Beatles thrown in for good measure) and Katelyn learned to limbo….
-We did check out some books from the library – a Children’s picture Atlas and a DK People of the World book that Katelyn found VERY interesting.

-We did some coloring pages of children in traditional dress from around the world, and of course I lost the link.  Blogger Fail! ooops!

Moral of the story? Make a plan, but don’t stress over it.  Children learn through play and through our everyday explorations anyhow.  I’ll continue to plan themed activities throughout the summer, but I’m not sure I’ll get too deep.  After all, there are bikes to ride, pools to splash, concerts to enjoy, crafts to make…..

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