Monday, August 1, 2011

Wordly Wednesday

So, blogging about our Wordly Wednesday was supposed to be my attempt to keep myself accountable for studying new places with my kids. Since I am just now posting what we did last Wednesday, I am going to have to do a better job in the future.

Last year, Jonah's Kindergarten teacher taught a unit on customs and holidays in other countries. Jonah really enjoyed it, and wanted to know more. Since his dad had just been to Canada for work, we decided to learn more about Canada. We found Canada on a map, checked out some books from the library, and read about Canada on the internet.

Then "Worldly Wednesday" was born. We decided to pick a new country each week, learn more about it, and eat a meal or dessert native to that country for dinner. Some weeks we are better about it than others, so I decided to blog about it, hoping to keep myself accountable.

Last week, Jonah picked Australia. We checked out some books from the library, and I found a recipe for Anzac Biscuits, really interesting cookies that the boys actually liked (the ones I didn't burn, that is). If you decide to make them, make sure to keep your eye on them. Mine would've done better with a little less cooking time.

The boy enjoyed learning about the history of the Anzac Biscuit:

As Carson and I were mixing the ingredients (great opportunity to throw in some math skills--counting, fractions) Jonah read to us from the books we checked out from the library.

Exploring Countries: Australia, by Colleen Sexton

Australia, A Question and Answer Book, by Nathan Olson

Taking Your Camera to Australia, by Ted Park

Jonah updated our "Wordly Wednesday" chart with the information we learned. We recorded a fun fact about Australia and the food we made. We hung the chart in our mudroom so we can continue to add to it as we learn about other countries.

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