When I was in high school and college, I studied the French language. I’ve traveled to France with family, studied abroad in France, and even have a French minor! So, you might say that I have a passion and love for all things French, even if I perhaps don’t recall much of the language anymore these days! So, it was fun to spend the week pretending to travel to France with my two sidekicks. Aria loved packing a bag, getting on a “plane,” and stamping her passport for France. The Around the World Busy Book for Paris was perfect for providing physical versions of the landmarks across Paris. And both girls loved watching the Madeline show and Babar movie that we found on Amazon Prime, and we read and reread Madeline and Babar Learns to Cook during the week.
Though we visited our local museum to try and study French artwork, we were disappointed to find that they don’t have much in the way of European art. Next time, I will try and make a trip to Atlanta or back to visit family in Charlotte so that we can see some actual French art in a museum as part of our unit. However, Aria and I had a blast making artwork like Monet (who we ended up looking up on Google Image), and I think it was by far the most successful art project we’ve done this year!
Aria and I also had a blast making Croque Monsieurs for dinner one night for the family, and eating French pastries is always a favorite for everyone! Though actually going to France would be the most effective way to explain the country to Aria, I think that she had fun pretending to visit the country and experience the culture. I love that Aria is getting a sense that there is a world outside of the United States and cultures that are different than ours at such a young age. Pick a country that is important to you and consider doing a unit on that country with your child! It is never too early to begin world history lessons.
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Jessica and Ana
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