Our continent study got underway with the study of North America. We found North America on the Continent Globe first and then on our World Map. We sang the continent song – sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” The words to the song are as follows:
There are 7, there are 7.
North and South America,
Africa, Europe, Asia,
Independent work was placed on the shelf for the children to explore components of North America. A continent box of North America included coins from the USA, Canada, and Costa Rica, a tepee, 2 pilgrim dolls, and postcards from the Rocky Mountains. In addition, nomenclature cards of North American foods and instruments were investigated. The flags for each country in North America were displayed and coloring pages were available for coloring. The life and art of Georgia O’Keefe was celebrated and an art project was placed on the shelf for the children to choose.
Directions were introduced and labels were placed on the walls of the classroom. We found USA on the continent map and then went North to find Canada. We discussed that in Canada the main language is French. I told a story of Prince Edward from Prince Edward Island which is off the coast of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Prince Edward would make cookies for his family and when they were ready he would open up the door and yell, “Come and Get Em!” Needless to say, Molly (Kadin’s Mom) and two of the Poplar Room friends made “Come and Get Em Cookies” for the class. We shared them at circle, they were a big hit!
For the USA, we talked about Native Americans. and their voyage from Siberia. The Native Americans connection and love for the Earth was talked about and songs from the Lakota and Cherokee tribes were sung.
We also adventured into Mexico a little bit. A new food preparation was introduced, Quesadilla making. We also had a parent volunteer come in and make salsa with the children. We had the salsa with chips on Thursday for snack, YUMMY!!! A matching work for Mexican food was placed on the language shelf. And the game of Balero was played one at a time. Balero is a Mexican game where there is a ball attached to a string and a cup. The object is to swing the ball and flip it into the cup…TRICKY!!!