Another cold day didn’t stop us from starting a fire in the rain and cooking some maze, or corn! Miss Sherry started us off with talking about the Inca Empire and showed the kids a great book, Step into the Inca World, to check out that is full of activities. Before we ate our buttered corn on the cob, Miss Sherry read Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians. As they enjoyed their fill of corn, Mrs. Sam read Exploring Countries: Peru. Did you know that Peru has a cloud forest and that the plants that thrive there do not need soil to grow? They cling to the trees or other plants! The cloud forests provide fresh water for people, plants, and animals when there is no rain. Also, the people who live in the Amazon Rain Forest hunt or gather food on their own as well as make their homes, clothing, and tools from the materials from the forest.
Ever heard of Machu Picchu? It can be found in Peru! Mrs. Sam read Abdo World Wonders Kids’ Machu Picchu to the kids. In this book, we learned that Machu Picchu is in the Andes Mountains and was built around 1450 CE. It was a sacred place for Inca leaders with more than 150 buildings that were built by stacking perfectly cut stone without mortar. The Explorer Hiram Bingham discovered the abandoned area in 1911, and in 1983, the United Nations protected it. Would you live to visit Machu Picchu?
After all of our fun learning, we took time to read independently so kids could earn more stamps for their passports! Rain or snow (Both today!) won’t stop us from learning and reading!