Saturday, February 19, 2011

Trekking Through Tanzania

Having Compassion International children in our family that live all over the world provides extra inspiration and excitement when it comes to learning about other countries and cultures.  Last month, we added Mkapa from Tanzania to our family, so we decided to take a little trek through Tanzania.

I loved the resources available through Homeschool Creations.  Jolanthe has so many great ideas and sheets, not just on various countries, but also on a whole slew of subjects.  I printed off the Tanzania map and flag sheets for my girls and we also watched a few Youtube videos about the area.




We have a great library system where I can order books from nearby libraries and have them delivered to our library in town for free.  There seems to be a lot of nice children’s books based in Tanzania, so I ordered a whole stack of them to share with my girls.


We All Went on Safari is a sweet book that taught us how to count to ten in Swahili.


Masai and I by Virginia Kroll uses creative illustrations to compare and contrast life here in the U.S. and life as part of the Masai tribe in Tanzania.  My daughters liked being able to study the things that were different on each of the pages.

Kaya is very interested in marketplaces in Africa.  She really liked the book My Rows and Piles of Coins, which tells the story of young Saruni as he helps his mother at the market and is able to earn a couple of coins.

Saruni saves his money in hopes that he will some day have enough to be able to buy a bicycle. This would provide, not only fun, but a way to help his Mama carry goods to and from the market. It made us think of our Bertille in Burkina Faso, who was able to use a monetary gift to buy her very first bicycle.


Saving my very favorite books for last, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen has written a series of stories featuring the adorable Elizabeti in Tanzania. From the sweet illustrations to the precious story-lines, these books have captured our hearts.

The first in the series is Elizabeti’s Doll.

When Elizabeti’s mother has a new baby, Elizabeti decides she needs something to take care of as well.  She chooses the perfect doll, a rock that she names Eva.  This book opened up a great conversation about playthings around the world.

The second book in the series is called Mama Elizabeti.

When Elizabeti’s mother has another baby, Elizabeti starts to take care of her little brother.  It doesn’t take long to realize that taking care of a toddler is a lot more work than taking care of her rock doll, Eva!

The third book in the series is called Elizabeti’s School.

Elizabeti is excited to finally start school, but once she is there she misses her family and home.  Thankfully, she makes new friends and learns her lessons and really enjoys her time at school.  Elizabeti is proud to come home and be able to share what she learned.

These books are so sweet and the illustrations are lovely.  The last book in the series help us to imagine what it might be like for a Compassion International sponsored child to go to the project or school for the first time.

We are still working through our unit study on Tanzania and have a couple of hands-on activities in the works for the coming week.  I love how being involved with Compassion has sparked a genuine desire to learn more about these different countries.  Geography and Culture Studies have certainly become more personal as our family has welcome these beautiful children.

As a side note, I’d like to remind you that you still have a few days to enter my giveaway for a $20 Gift Certificate to Come Together Trading Company! If you win, you might be able to purchase something made in the country where your sponsored child lives!  Please feel free to share the link to the giveaway as well.



chipsndip4ever said...

once again, you've put ideas into my brain!! I think we will ck at our library for uganda books... thanks!!

Kelly said...

I love that you've done this! I was just thinking that I need to start researching a little on the countries where my Compassion kids live - and now that I sponsor Godless, I can also learn about Tanzania!! Maybe I should just go down to the library today and see what I can find! :)

faithlikemustard said...

Long live libraries (and interlibrary loans)! :) Thanks for taking the legwork out of this for me. I've been wanting to get some books on Tanzania (our Happyness is there) but I haven't made time to do a book search. So...many thanks! One more thing I can mark off of my to-do list! :)

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I am happy to share these ideas and books. We love sitting down and reading these stories based on the areas where our CI children live. We learn so much!

kathy55439 said...

If anyones library has the Scholastic Video Collection Elizabeti's Doll by Steven Bodeen
is on the DVD with Is Your Mama a Llama?

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