- The Infant Bibliophile LOVES geography suddenly. I have a hugg-a-planet that I bought for him when he was quite young. Now it has become "Mommy's globe," because I rest my head on it when I help him to fall asleep. We started a game where I ask him to find places on the globe. It all started with China. He often asks me to read the bottom of his cars or little plastic animals, and they tend to say "made in China." One day I showed him where China was on the globe. The next day when I read "made in China," he ran and got the globe, flipped it around, and pointed at China. I asked him how he knew that was China, and he explained that it was "near the big purple place" (the Russian Federation). Since then - about two weeks ago? - he can consistently find: China, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, Florida, New York, Rhode Island, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Colorado, Nigeria, Argentina, Brazil, India, and I don't know how many other places, in addition to telling me which relatives live where! I'm almost hesitant to change the way he is learning, because it is working so well for him. (We do the states on the globe, but also on our Melissa and Doug state puzzle). Still, I think when we visit the library this week I would like to grab a few geography-related books and see if any interest him. I know a few of you have been focusing on geography lately. Any suggestions? He is only 2 years, 2 months old, so we'd definitely need books on the simpler side.
- The other thing we have been having a lot of fun with lately is numbers. The little guy loves to read out "hundreds" when I arrange his foam numbers for him (582, 343, 125, etc.). I was wondering if there were any fun children's books about three- and four-digit numbers. I don't plan to start doing long division with him, but I think he would get a kick out of seeing the larger numbers on the page.
- Along the same lines, I have been playing around with the concept of subtracting. He is really just beginning to understand what subtracting means (if I have five objects, and I cover two, he'll tell me how many are left), but I thought a book or two to help introduce the idea might be fun. It just occurred to me as I am typing this that addition might be an easier concept to grasp than subtraction.
- If you find yourself in the Phoenix, Arizona area sometime in the future, I highly suggest visiting the Heard Museum, which focuses on American Indian art and culture. Their learning center is amazing, with about 20 interactive jigsaw puzzles. I was most impressed by all of the crafts laid out with instructions and supplies alongside examples of Native American art (braiding, beading, paper canoe, baskets, paper birds, etc.). Just when we thought we had seen all of the children's activities, we discovered another large room with a huge canoe and an activity wall for hanging cut out felt animals, as well as more crafts. Take two people to the museum so that one of you can play with the young ones while the other explores the rest of the museum.
- When I came back, I had the most adorable pair of earrings from jewelryartdesigns.com waiting for me. Expect a product review soon, and get ready to accidentally leave the post up in a place that your Valentines Day gift-shopping spouse might happen upon it.
- Blogger will not allow me to delete this last bullet point, so there must be something I am forgetting. Any ideas? Maybe I'll just share that lately the Infant Bibliophile likes to shout out to me, "more learning!" or "more tell you!" when he wants me to teach him about things that he sees. It's hard to say "no" to that request. Even if he is still waking me up between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. every day.
So do you have any suggestions for books about 1) geography, 2) big numbers, 3) addition or subtraction, or just great "hey you should read this!" ideas? We'd love to hear them!
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