I shared last week the vast number of books we enjoyed during our week learning about East Africa with Winter Promise’s Children Around the World curriculum. This week, I want to show you a little of the notebooking and hands-on learning we did.
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Winter Promise’s notebooking pages included with this curriculum are excellent, but often the girls want to dig a little deeper into an area that catches their interest. When that happens, they really love browsing NotebookingPages.com to find more open-ended pages to do what they want to do.
One of Bignificent’s favorite authors is Gilbert Morris, and the first series of his that she ever read was The Kerrigan Kids, the first book of which, Painted Warriors and Wild Lions, is set in Kenya among the Maasai tribe. We took the opportunity to read this aloud as a family this summer, and we all absolutely loved it!
Bignificent has been fascinated with the Maasai ever since reading this book so she took this opportunity to learn more about them. She did this all on her own, which made me so proud! Here is the notebooking page she made:
She also decided she wanted to try to make her own miniature Maasai house. Getting it to dry out sufficiently has been a challenge during our Malaysian rainy season, so it’s still in progress, but I asked her to write out her process for this post. Here is what she described:
I started by learning about how Maasai build their houses. Then I collected some sticks and cut them to be the same size. I then fastened them to a flat piece of cardboard with sticky tack. I also used some sticky tack to attach the sticks loosely together so they wouldn’t fall down. I mixed up some mud with dirt and water. I used the dirt to fill in the spaces between the sticks and coat the inside and outside of the sticks. The actual houses made by the Maasai are made with mud and cow dung. I had no cow dung available so I skipped it. I coated it about 3/4 of the way to the top.
What I still need to do is use some more sticks or straw to cover the top of the sticks in a roof-like form. Then I would cover them with more mud (and cow dung.) Finally, I would cover the opening I had left with small cloth scraps. The house should look sort of like a loaf of bread when I’m finished.
Can I just say that I laughed out loud at her mentioning not having any cow dung available?! Here’s a picture of her work in progress.
East Africa is such a fun place to study! We so enjoyed learning about it, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the little peeks into our week. If you’d like to see some of our other adventures from this year of learning about Children Around the World with Winter Promise, please check out our Children Around the World landing page and have fun hopping around!
Next week, we’ll be telling you about our visit to West Africa! See you then.