Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Geography Fair



Last week we nearly drowned in sap. During the height of our overflow the girls put together and gave a little presentation on Ghana for our local homeschooling geography fair. Sunburst did the left two panels of the board, while Moonshine did the far right (including the writing there, because she wanted to.)

As you can see, Moonshine was able to touch upon all her current interests: fancy clothing, hairdos, and jewelry. She threw the priestess on her side because she was beautiful, and that counts as an interest. Sunburst included the more general information like food, climate, and folklore, but she was pleased as punch to be able to include some wild animal photos and share her dad's "You need to buy a live chicken if you want to see the crocodiles" story with the crowd.

They chose Ghana not only because their dad, Einstein, lived there when he was in the Peace Corps, but because that darned spider Anansi comes from there. We read all of the Anansi stories we could get our hands on this year, and Sunburst was quite taken with them. Especially "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock," which we read over and over and over again, and it was even funnier still when Moxy Jane read it out loud when she came to see us. This is Sunburst's rendition of the book cover:



To round out the show the girls brought some food to share. As Sunburst told them, "We were going to make giant forest snail stew with fufu, but we couldn't find any giant forest snails and (boxed) fufu tastes like bellybuttons smell, so we just brought African cookies instead."

3 comments:

  1. Hi Sara,

    That looks like such a great project! I wonder what your favorite source for Anansi stories is? Sophine (will be 8 in July) is really beginning to yearn for more trickster tales. I'm thinking of starting to gently transitioning her from fairy tales to tall tales and trickster stories.

    Thanks, Kirsten

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  2. Okay, nevermind, I found your resources pages. Thanks for putting them there, they are wonderful!

    Btw, looking at your German resources, if ever you need help with that, I'd be happy to be a resource for you, since that is my first native language...

    Kirsten

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  3. And thank you for thinking of us with the gluten free cookies. Of course, the Explorer still wound up with a tummy ache because he ate a bug cookie from Madagascar. ("Someone gave it to me so I ate it.")

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