Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review | We All Went on Safari

With school on the way we are practicing our 123's at home and what better way than with a book. Our bookshelf had this wonderful colorful book and we practiced our 123's with our new friends from Tanzania. From spying a lonely leopard at dawn's first light (1=moja) to watching ten elephants on a rocky hillside glen (10=kumi).

Book Review | What we learned

We had a blast practicing the numbers quiet a challenge for our two year old but he laughed and laughed counting to kumi!

Counting in Swahili
1 = moja (mo-jah)
2 = mbili (m-bee-lee)
3 = tatu (ta-too)
4 = nne (n-nay)
5 = tano (tah-no)
6 = sita (see-tah)
7 = saba (sah-bah)
8 = nane (nah-nay)
9 = tisa (tee-sah)10 = kumi (koo-mee)

The best was all the facts about Tanzania, including an explanation of the animals of Tanzania, Swahili names and numbers, and the lifestyle of the Masaii people follow the story and provide the framework for a great learning experience.

Book Review | About the book

from barefoot - Learn to count in Swahili while discovering African animals on an exciting safari through the grasslands of Tanzania. Facts about Tanzania, Swahili counting, the Maasai people and a map are included at the end.

A great thing about this book is it is part of the GIVING BACK way of Barefoot Books:
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation, to aid in their wildlife conservation and community building efforts in Tanzania.

And Barefoot Books supplied us with a wonderful activity. Can you think of four words to describe an elephant, do math problems and answer in Swahili... try this FUN Activity!

Book Review | What I think

So where else are we learning Swahili  no where!!! Where else could I have introduced to my child this information I love it! I love that my child is thinking outside of his neighborhood and that books and his family are sharing this together. Read the books - Mom's and Dad's the illustrations are amazing and the flow of the story is engaging. Take it and embrace it!!!

Do you have a special language? you shared with your child? Tell me.

Keep Turning those pages!
Happy Reading,


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