So many concepts your child hopefully is not familiar with - not even knowing how old you are? Not having a choice of whether you will be with your family? Being so desperate to escape, you will nail yourself into a box? Foreign ideas, but still entirely relevant today. Use your understanding of your own child to engage in discussion about history and current world issues.
Extension: Print out a copy of the Cyrillic alphabet (used in Russia, among other places), with phonetic pronunciations, and practice writing your names in it. While Cyrillic is much easier (with fewer symbols) than Chinese, it is still different enough for children to understand the difficulties faced by someone trying to learn a whole new writing system.
Extension: What types of trees grow in your area? Take a walk with a guide book in hand, and see how many you can identify. Then do some research - are they all native to your area, or were some planted for a specific reason? Are any essential habitat for a particular animal? Is there any sort of disease or pest that presents a problem for a particular tree type?
You might be surprised at how trees figure into the history of your town. Ours, for example, is named for the cottonwood trees planted by early citizens - most of which are now dying out, and if you really want to get into a fight, start pointing fingers at possible reasons. I'll stay out of that one, thank-you very much (but I will also fight to keep our the library's last cottonwoods standing as long as possible!)
|The one closer to the road has died since this photo was taken. :(|