Currently, I’m planning a program comparing and contrasting the Arctic and Antarctica. I know. . . sounds boring. After a very brief lesson on Geography, the fun will begin. I’ll start with sharing a photo collage I created of animals which live in the Arctic vs Antarctica. From there, we will play Arctic Animal Bingo. We’ll finish off the event making snow animals out of clay. When a program includes clay, it’s always a winner! Children and parents alike join in the fun.
I learn a lot when I plan programs for kindergarten – 5th graders. Did you know there are 17 types of penguins? None of which live in the Arctic. As for Antarctica, there are the true Antarctic species, which breed on or near continental Antarctica. . . Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor and Gentoo penguins. Sub Antarctic species are one’s where the furthest south they go is the sub-Antarctic islands. These include King, Macaroni and Rockhopper penguins. I’m curious where the other ten types of penguins live. The kids will be too. I need to research that before the first week of January.
In the meantime, I’ll practice reading Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek. A beautiful book with a timely message.