Friday, January 20, 2017

Learning About Ghana!

We just began our new year preschool and started out with Ghana. We're kind of getting a slow start to the school year and so our Ghana study wasn't as in depth as some of the previous topics. As I mentioned before, the main books we are covering are recommended by the Five in a Row [FIAR] curriculum and Give Your Child the World by Jamie C Martin.

We read two books:

  • Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
  • Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel

    Emmanuel's Dream is such an incredible story and I love the message of sharing that disability doesn't mean inability!

    Anansi stories originated in Ghana, although many of the fables told now are Haitian continuations of Anasi, so I thought I'd introduce the stories to my kids.

    We were able to find Ghana on the map and put up photos of our Compassion correspondents from Ghana! We sent our kids the photo of their photos on the map, and shared about Emmanuel with them.

    After we found our Compassion friends on the map, we also watched a few Compassion videos about Ghana! These two were our favorites:

    We did narrations for both Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.


    Anasi the Spider.
    He knocked down all the persons and took their food, and then all the animals woke up and their head was spinning, and when they got home they found all their food was stolen. And then watching from the leaves was Little Bush Deer, was shy, and she thought it was time for Anasi to learn a lesson so she went to where the coconuts crowed and she took a great many coconuts and brought them home to wait. And soon Anasi came to her house and said, “You want to walk in the cool forest, would you like to come?”
    “Yes, I would,” said the Little Bush Deer and they went and went until Anasi led Little Bush Deer to a certain place. “Little Bush Deer, do you see what I see?”
    “No, I don’t,” said Little Bush Deer. “You must see it! Look over there! Look carefully!”
    And Little Bush Deer said, “No, I still don’t see anything,” and then Anasis stomped her feet. She looked and she couldn’t see anything. And she stomped her legs and said, “You must see it, look over there!” And she said, “You just don’t want to say it. You have to say it.”
    “I said it, are you satisfied.”
    “No! You’re not supposed to say that! You’re supposed to say: ‘Isn’t this a strange moss covered rock!’”
    Kapoom! down fell Anansi. And then Little Bush Deer and all the other animals went to Anasi’s house and got all the good things that he’d stolen from them.

    And Rosie's:

    Time for Anasi. Time for Anasi. He falls backwards. Isn’t this a strange covered moss covered, kaboom! Leon tiene batatas. Elefante tiene bananas. He took all the lion’s bananas, took the cebras, the piƱas. Anasi falled backwards, he falled backwards.

    We've had a great time learning about Ghana! Next up, Italy, which goes along with our FIAR book!

    To view my complete plan for the year, click here. And here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia

    About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
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