A recent weekend project for Esmé’s centered around the book, Lonesome George Finds His Friends. While told from the viewpoint of a Galapagos Tortoise, it describes various other animals found on the Galapagos Islands.
After reading the book, Esmé decided to paint a map of the islands. (She is in spy-mode at the moment, having decided that a covert career will work well with her plan of being a ballet teacher, so maps are very cool.) She gave detailed verbal instructions on how we would need to travel to Ecuador and then hop on over west to the Islands.
She also cut out and taped a printable card about the Galapagos Tortoise from National Geographic Kids for her presentation.
We also decided to work on some critical thinking skills with her using Darwin’s theories. I do NOT recommend this for most 5yos, but Miss Esmé is an exception to a lot of rules, and she is well-grounded in the Creation story. We let her watch Ape to Man – and she was glued to her seat. This was followed up by Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution. We’ve had many interesting discussions as a result, and I love watching her analytical mind at work.