Australia

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G’day, Mate!

This week, we’re traveling to Australia, the land of The Wiggles, kangaroos, and Vegemite. Today is a rainy day here, so we’re taking advantage of being stuck inside and watching one of my favorite movies, The Rescuers Down Under. I’ve literally been looking for an excuse to watch this movie ever since I discovered it’s on Netflix!

So, here’s the calendar of this week’s activities, and the appropriate links for instructions or whatever. Instead of listing specific books, I gave ideas for topics instead, and you can pick whatever you like (or can find at your local bookstore or library). We went to the library Tuesday, and Monkey Nose had a blast picking out books on ocean animals of all kinds, including sharks since that’s what we were looking for. She really is interested in all sorts of animals, and prefers non-fiction books with lots of pictures.

7/8-7/12/13 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Songs Willoughby Wallaby Woo Kookaburra Waltzing Matilda The Sailor Went to Sea Aiken Drum
Story The Sandcastle that Max Built Books about sharks Books about the beach Movie Day: The Rescuers Down Under Make a Memory Book
Games Make a sand center Shark Play Poem Make colored sand for sand center Hopping like a kangaroo Australian Animal Memory
Art/Science Spatter paint boomerangs Shark hats Sharks and minnows experiment Aboriginal bark paintings Koala door hanger

We had such a great time with the Sharks and Minnows experiment (I had printed out a clip art of a shark, glued it to a piece of card stock and a popsicle stick,  then painted it with dish soap) that MN insisted on repeating the project in the bath last night 🙂

We’ve decided to make a memory book with pictures from our projects and adventures this summer, and will add to it every Friday, instead of reading a specific book. You can do something like this using a notebook or a small photo album, or you can get fancy and design a photo book on Shutterfly (or your preferred picture website). Or, you can skip it all together and just read more books together. Whatever floats your book.

Also, here’s a link for a traditional Aboriginal song, that you may or may not find inappropriate for your child. I thought it was great and showed MN the YouTube video, but it’s up to you. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back

And, lastly, click on the hyperlink for The Sandcastle that Max Built to find a Google Doc with the words and some clip art . You can find or draw your own pictures if you don’t like mine. I won’t be offended, I promise!

Have a fun trip!

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