I have written a couple of posts, sharing our learning about colder climates and thought I’d do a separate post to share the books that I’ve been using in more detail. Books are a key learning tool for us at the moment. Mr D is often found with his head tucked in a book and I love exploring books with both the children.
The first book I turned to is the fabulous Atlas of Adventures. I’ve written about this book before but it really is a superb book. It’s a large book and is ideal for spreading out on the floor and pouring over. I turned to the relevant page and talked to Mr D about how the Earth is made up of different countries and showed him how they’re all positioned on the globe etc.
We then turned to look at the colder areas and chatted about what we could see. What I love about this book is the depth of the detail but its absolute simplicity. There is so much for children (and adults) to devour as they look at the pages. Miss E enjoys pointing out the things she recognizes whereas Mr D is able to ask questions now as he begins to appreciate the wonderful diversity of our world.
We then looked at the Children’s Animals Atlas. Children are, naturally, drawn to animals. So this was a good thing for us to look at and chat about the animals and introduce some ideas about how they might keep themselves warm etc. This is another lovely book that I am sure we will look at time and time again.
We revisited some story books about colder weather including Pip & Posy and the Snowy Day as well as the Child’s Play books about Snow and Winter. These were all good for reinforcing the idea that snow is cold and how we might adapt to that.
Another beauty we have been looking at is a little pop up book called Winter by David Carter.
This is a lovely simple book but introduces the idea of hibernation and some of the less common animals. This is a lovely book and Miss E in particular loves this one. She has been so gentle with this as she has read through it and has pointed out the things she can see. It is lovely and I’ll be looking out for the other four seasons in the series too.