Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mexico Here We Come

Last week, we studied Mexico, and I'd better go ahead and get this blog posted before it is time for another edition of Worldly Wednesday!

Carson picked Mexico, and I knew that it would be an easy one to plan a meal for since our whole family loves Mexican food! I was excited to introduce the boys to a new feature of our Worldly Wednesday...passports! My good friend, Christy Mazer sent this link to me, and we printed our passports and filled in the appropriate information.


This was also a great opportunity for Justin to talk to the boys about his own passport and how he needs it each time he travels out of the country on a business trip. He flipped through his passport and showed the boys all the interesting stamps he has received from places like Thailand, Jamaica, and Canada.

Carson and I decided to make salsa. We printed a book from http://www.readinga-z.com/ (you'll have to sign up and receive a username and password to gain access to the entire site, but you can preview some books and see if you like it for free) called Making Salsa, by Ava G. Kalisch. Carson read the book to me, and we gathered the ingredients we would need for the salsa: peppers, onion, tomato, salt and black pepper, cilantro, and lemon juice. The book is very simple..."In go the peppers. In goes the onion. In goes the tomato." and so on. You could even write the sentences on a piece of paper and draw pictures to go with them. The website also has a printable worksheet with the pictures of the ingredients, which I printed and cut out. After Carson read the book two times, we retold the story using the pictures. Then he helped me put the ingredients in a bowl (I had already cut up all the veggies) and we mixed it up. We made some yummy salsa which we enjoyed with chips and our standard beef tacos for dinner!

After dinner, Justin showed the boys a short video about Mexico. They were interested in hearing the people of Mexico speak Spanish. They also learned about the climate and geography of Mexico. We read a little of the book, M is for Mexico, by Amy Weber (also from http://www.readinga-z.com/). Afterward, Jonah recited the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish, which he learned in school last year.

Then the boys glued their stamps into their passports, stating they have "officially" visited Mexico on our world tour. Stay tuned for next week: Ghana, in honor of Carson's soccer team this fall! :)

One more note: Thanks to my wonderful neighbor, Leah Prasse, the names and pictures of the ingredients for our salsa are laminated so I can use them for other lessons. Maybe ABC order or a grocery store scavenger hunt? Do you have some ideas?I'd love for you to share!

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