Wednesday, October 19, 2011

O Canada

Once in a while in our homeschooling days our learning falls together tidily yet unintentionally.  We love our libraries and use them extensively, bringing home dozens of books each week.  What we ended up reading and watching lately looks very much like a unit study on Canada.  We posted the stories of Annie Edson Taylor and Laura Secord, and the documentary on the War of 1812 recently. Here are a few more good finds on the topic of our home and native land:

"O Canada" by Ted Harrison:

The first illustrated version of our national anthem O Canada with spectacular paintings by acclaimed Canadian artist Ted Harrison as he pays tribute to each province and territory.  The book comes with French lyrics - we're now attempting to learn O Canada in French!

Serena loves this one, it's a ton of fun - we counted our way across Canada with "Loonies and Toonies: A Canadian Number Book" by Mike Ulmer:

1 nation
2 languages
3 metres-a-side border
4 theatres at Stratford
5 kinds of Pacific salmon
6 time zones
7 fathers of Confederation
8 left shoes (Terry Fox)
9 cattle head (John Ware)
10 of the metric system
11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month
12 of a clutch of Canada geese eggs
13 provinces + territories
14 days to canoe down the South Nahanni River in Northwest Territories
15 daredevils going over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Annie Taylor was the first!)
16 spokes in the calèche's wheel
17 of Hwy 17 dividing the city of Lloydminster between Saskatchewan and Alberta
18 undefeated years of the Bluenose
19 the jersey number of Paul Henderson
20 dollar bills linking Canadians to Queen Elizabeth II
50 polar bears on an ice floe
100s of loonies and toonies traded by the toothfairies

In the October issue of The Canadian Reader, we read up on the first successful whale hunt by Inuit hunters in Iqaluit this past August after the decades long ban on hunting bowheads was finally lifted.  The video on the butchering of the 70-tonne bowhead whale into meat and muktaaq was quite surreal!

Finally we watched another Explorers of the World DVD, this time on Henry Hudson. He was English but his voyage along our eastern coast was very influential on the colonization of the New World. Now we know where the name of our famous Hudson Bay came from!

1 comment:

  1. Great history trip.
    Looking forward to the French version
    of our anthem.
    Nanny & Papa