Monday, October 1, 2012

Flags of Australia/Oceania

We've finally moved on to our study of Oceania/Australia.  We put stickers for the Cook Islands and French Polynesia in our passports and date stamped them.  Here is my post about the passports I made for the Toads.  Below are the stamps if you'd like a copy.

Oceania Passport Stamps

Older toad decided to start with the flag pinning activity.  He went to a Montessori preschool but didn't have access to this activity.  The school kept it in the 3-6 room.  The state of Florida sponsors a pre-Kindergarten program which he was participating in.  The VPK program, as it's called, focuses on early literacy and math skills so that was the focus of the program but with Montessori techniques and materials.  Oceania has many small island nations he'd never heard of so he found this activity hard.

Flags have a fair bit of diversity to their shapes and patterns.  I made these two handouts for a western culture class I taught a couple of years ago.  I included them in his pack of flags because Toad had asked why some flags are different shapes and where their patterns come from.  If you'd like to learn more about flags, Flags of the World is an awesome website.

Flag Shapes Flag Patterns

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