Last spring we studied countries through our monthly Culture Club group. We had a lot of fun learning with friends about different countries that the hostess’ visited, had a family connection, etc. The hostess would provide delicious food, usually a craft or coloring page, and a short presentation. We took a break over the summer, and since I thought we would be moving this fall, we haven’t started it again.
I had been thinking about how to study world cultures again, when it occurred to me that the girls can study the countries that their grandmother visits frequently for her job. We started a binder for the project, labeled with a world map showing the countries that Grandma has been to. This is also a great way for them to connect with their grandmother.
First up, Tanzania!
We read an excellent collection of books from our local library:
- Welcome to Tanzania
- We All Went On Safari (I had to get the Spanish version, however! I’m so glad I can read Spanish even though I’m poor at speaking it.)
- Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lulluby
- Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book
- My Rows and Piles of Coins
- Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book
We colored Tanzania on a map of Africa. We colored the Tanzanian flag, and learned what different parts of the flag represents. We learned how to count to ten in Swahili, and made a Swahili Counting book, counting animals that can be found in Tanzania. We sang a counting song in Swahili. We learned how to say hello (Jambo!), daddy (baba), children (watoto), elephant (tembo), and other Swahili words. I didn’t get out my Swahili dictionary or workbook from my college class because they are packed already and I’ve been too lazy to dig it out.
The girls really enjoyed learning about Tanzania and are looking forward to seeing photos from my mom’s visit. We might still attempt to cook some Tanzanian food, but I haven’t made the time for that yet.