Sunday, April 25, 2010

ECC Weeks 29-30 Russia

Russia was one of the first countries I did one of the projects  successfully (well mostly).
We learned allot about the Arctic and permafrost. We learned about Russian names and how they are organized. Squirt really enjoyed the application  of that one to our own family names.

The permafrost activity I modified a bit so that it was completely edible (and that means allergen free too in our house). You have to understand sweets are a controlled substance in our house. And sweets with food coloring are consumed only a couple of times a year. So if I made Jello I felt I couldn't let it go to waste covering it with real soil (as the TM suggested). So we made it edible for everyone. We crushed Pamela's Gluten Free Dark Chocolate cookies for the soil. I made strawberry Jello. (Which is edible even for my little guy with Strawberry allergies. Why? Because there is not anything real strawberry about it!) And we spread So' Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream over the top for the ice. Sounds weird but it really did taste good and everyone could eat it,  especially Buddy.

Here it is in pictures. It was not very pretty, but Squirt got the "ah ha" moment with it.

Strawberry Jello with crumbled cookies on top.

Then with lumps of vanilla ice cream on top. The ice cream has started to melt in the picture and you can kind of see it having soaked through the cookie layer but staying on top of the Jello layer.

Squirt made Matroyshka dolls.

She colored pictures of St Basil's Cathedral and looked at a book to try her hand at drawing it free hand.

We listened to lots of Tchaikovsky (who is already a favorite in our home). Read about his life in 
Peter Tchaikovsky (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) by Mike Venezia. We love this series of books. It gives just the right amount of biographical info to keep youngsters attention and includes some cute and witty cartoons. 

Peter Tchaikovsky (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) by Mike Venezia

And finally, we used some pages on Uzbekistan from called Bold Believers in Uzbekistan. 

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