Monday, April 7, 2014
We had plans this month with our homeschool friends to do a month of learning about the nation of Gabon. One of our friends was in the Peace Corps in that country and had a lot of great plans for a lesson and we were super excited about it. Unfortunately, this was a horrible month for us with Walker traveling, and working extra and the kids being sick, and my Norwescon work ramping up. We ended missing the celebration because Davis got an ear infection, and we didn't do anything to learn about the area other then check out books from the library.
That's where the big mistake was. It turns out there are no books about the country of Gabon, at least not in English, for this age range. I tried to research which section of the country it was in, but I did my research wrong and instead of checking out books about Central Africa, we got ones from East Africa. Moira and I talked about the mistake we made, and why, and that it's possible that Gabon shares some cultural similarities with the coastal East African countries because of it's location. But, we enjoyed some of these books so much, I wanted to share the list, even though I have to publicly admit my mistake to do so. Specifically, we loved the Anna Hibiscus series, and are waiting till we can get a copy of the 5th chapter book. We also really liked some of the Anansi stories we read.