Friday, April 27, 2018

Learning About Australia!

We spent some time learning about Australia, with a short visit to New Zealand. Our booklist was inspired by Give Your Child the World:

  • Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan
  • Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
  • Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
  • Diary of a Baby Wombat by Jackie French
  • Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes
  • Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein
  • Possum Magic by Mem Fox
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox
  • The Biggest Frog in Australia by Susan Roth

    I loved the aboriginal dot paintings in Big Rain Coming, and Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas about New Zealand was really fun! The kids loved Diary of a Wombat and Diary of a Baby Wombat.

    Juanito's narration:

    The wombat ate grass, and slept, and found the perfect dustbath. And he found new neighbors; the new neighbors had oats and carrots and the perfect scratching posts. And she dug a hole under the ground to be closer to the neighbors.
    - Diary of a Wombat

    Rosie's narration:

    The baby wombat wanted to eat flowers and he wanted to play. He found the baby. They played a game. The baby wombat was trying to get a new hole. They digged a new hole, it goed to the neighbor's house. The new hold was inside, in the baby's room.
    - Diary of a Baby Wombat

    We made anzac biscuits for co-op!

    For co-op activities, we played Mr. Crocodile and then created traditional aboriginal dot paintings, inspired by the artwork in Big Rain Coming.

    And that wraps up our school year!

    Here are the previous countries in the series:
  • China
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • France
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • India & Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Central and Southern Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Japan
  • Central America
  • Northern Europe
  • Canada & Arctic
  • The Caribbean
  • Russia
  • West Africa
  • Argentina
  • Korea, Indonesia & the Philippines

    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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