Aside from my obsession with new recipes and saving money, my whole goal in life is to trick my second-grader into thinking learning is fun. His teachers have mastered the art of deception. I … on the other hand … well, I’m working on it. Here’s the proof.
Spring break is coming up so I figured it would be fun to
take an imaginary trip to five U.S. capital cities. Just the idea of this
pretend adventure made my son giddy!
“Where we goin’, Mom?" he asked. From a bowl full of papers printed with each capital city, my son drew one. This was our first stop: Sacramento, CA. (Woo Hoo! On a cool
February day in the Midwest, it was a real treat to go there, even if it was just in our minds!)
We used Google Maps to locate where in California the city
of Sacramento was located. My son made a dot on his sheet protector-covered map with a dry-erase marker. Then we headed over to
weather.com to see what the temps were like that day. My son wrote the name of
the city and temperature next to the thermometer and colored in the mercury up
to 65 degrees Fahrenheit with the dry-erase marker.
We made stops at four other capital cities -
Juneau, AK; Charleston, WV; Bismarck, ND; and Salt Lake City, UT. What a blast
we had on our virtual vacay!
When all the cities were identified on the maps and thermometers were colored, we “returned
home” and I asked my son the following:
What was the hottest city we visited?
What was the coolest?
Then he put the cities (i.e. thermometers) in order from
coolest to warmest temperature.
Lastly, I put his subtraction skills to the test and asked
him to tell me how much warmer it was from one city to the next.
“Why didn’t we go more places, Mom?” he asked when we were
done. It looks like more “vacations” are in order!