Our book sharing this week is the most fantastic charity shop find. One of Jenna's big interests at the moment is maps, and looking at where people live and what their lives are like. My brother sent some pictures of Estonia in the snow, and we have started sponsoring a little boy in India; everything is fuel to this Jenna-child, she wants to know EVERYTHING.
I was looking for a good (big) world map for her to stick up on the wall in her home corner, and found one (expensive but worth it in my opinion) in the Peters World Map project (from Oxfam). It has been done to preserve the proportions properly, so you can see relatively how tiny Europe and North America are, and how much of (for example) Africa there really is.Anyhow, the same day we found this book.It is really very cool - lots of maps, simple information about a lot of countries, how people live there, what kind of climate and wildlife... We are loving it. :)We also got these from the library this week, so we have a lot to be taking in right now.I can't answer even a fraction of the questions she comes up with though - not without consulting Google and/or Wikipedia. My Encyclopedia at home is just not up to the job. As usual I wonder how much of it she takes in, whether she sometimes asks questions for the sake of it, but the questions themselves are the clue. They are intelligent questions, she really *cares* about the answers she gets, and the answers provoke more questions - sometimes weeks later.
Is this what Unschooling looks like? Well it seems like fun to me!