Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Giraffe That Walked To Paris FIAR STudy


I am continuing on sharing our FIAR studies we did this past year... one of Favorites!

The Giraffe That Walked To Paris by Nancy Milton

We decided to focus our Geography study on Egypt vs. France this time since we have already covered France quite a few timesthis year from other FIAR books.

Geography:We located Egypt on the Map: And followed the path La Giraffe took..

We also had a great afternoon with a hieroglyphs set!
I found this set from the Met at a  yard sale brand new for 25 cents! ( I just had to brag )

We spent the afternoon learning our names, and trying these simple words.

Last summer, our church sunday school program was Jospeh's journey through Egypt... perfect timing, and my son really enjoyed it.

One of the "before class" projects they had was this awesome wall of brown paper for the kids to draw on...
This went on for 2 months, and the kids really enjoyed it. Something you can easily do at home during your study!

What is a study on Egypt with out a little Mummy wrapping? =)

Toilet paper and water.... SO fun!
poor doggie

We spent some time looking up differant Facts about Giraffes. One of their favorites :

Why is a giraffe's tongue blue? So he doesn't get sunburned!

A fun go along we read .....

We  talked about the care of God's creatures and how Proverbs 12:10 says " A wise man is kind to his animals." We looked in the book about how they put straw around the opening in the boat , and the people do many things to care for her along the way to Paris.

In the story, the King has never seen a Giraffe, nor anyone else for that matter. So we did a little art project on drawing something we have never seen! They were really  stumped by this. =)
 But it was still fun!

Can you try to draw something you have never heard of or seen before?

On the Display table we set up our Playmobil Zoo... This was alot of fun!

KT played with this for hours!

Isn't this a fascinating story?
We are continuing on with our lapbook....

We didn't have a ton to put in the book, but we had lots of extra pages they did during the week that we added to it later.

Bible Time: Taken from the FIAR bible study guide

James 1:4
In the Story the King becomes inpatient while waiting for the Giraffe to arrive.... 32 Days by boat and 41 days to walk from Marseilles to Paris. PLUS she had to wait till the winter was over!
  We talked about how hard it is to wait sometimes for things that seem so far off... ( like daddy coming home to live with us again) Or being patient while Mama is talking to someone... Patience is something even grown ups have to work on.


I purchased this adorable pencil sketch right by the Eiffel Tower in Paris last year from the Artist himself.... just perfect for our study, and something to always remember this story by... only 5 Euro.

Another painting you can share with your child is this one:
The Nubian Giraffe by
taken from wikipedia:

 depicts one of the three giraffes sent to Europe by Mehmet Ali Pasha (another was Zarafa). This one was received by George IV in London. The gentleman shown in the top hat is Edward Cross, operator of the menagerie at Exeter Exchange and then Royal Surrey Gardens. Agasse painted many other animals from his collection.

I  had this in an old art book, and was thrilled wihen I found it. I tore it out (carefully) and placed it on our Display that week.

What a wonderful adventure we went on. I am so glad I spent the $$ on this book. All of us who do FIAR know this is out of print and hard to find under $50... So, we will keep this book forever... =)

You can view more La Giraffe Facts here

taken from wiki
She remained in Paris for a further 18 years until her death, attended to the end by Atir. Her corpse was stuffed and displayed in the foyer of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris for many years, before being moved to the museum at La Rochelle, where it remains.

 So if you have a chance, and you are in France.... stop and visit!

And Don't forget to see these amazing creatures on your next visit to the zoo!
If you can't get your hands on this book, here are some other ones that tell the story:

Lapbooking Resources Aussie Pumpkin Patch and homeschool Share resources
Giraffe Maze
Thank you for visiting us, and have an AWESOME week!

6 Thoughtful Comments:

MAT said...

Love it! You are the Best!!!

Roxanne said...

Yeah!! I got a new computer, so I can finally log onto your site.

Once again, I love all your wonderful school ideas. The kinders are getting soooo big. Hold on...they will grow up before you can blink. :)

Have a blessed holiday weekend.
Love, Rox

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing! No wonder you don't have so m uch time to post- you're doing all these wonderful things with your kiddos! How do you plan out your activities? They are so thoughtful. Maybe I missed it if you already posted. I have read many of your older ones- great inspiration! Also, can you say why you picked FIAR? I got Before FIAR, but was not too blown away. Thanks again for sharing!

Mary said...

I'm really enjoying reading some of your FIAR posts - we do FIAR, too, and I need to get back to it because we haven't rowed in a few months! I know you comment on my Homegrown Learners page on FB, so it's nice to meet you through your blog, too!

I love your blog!

Michelle said...

I loved this post! how fun that the church's children ministry did an egyptian theme. Love the idea of the drawing on the walls. Your book suggetions are so helpful as well. How in the world did you find this book!!? I have been searching everywhere for it, with no luck. I'm still searching though since we don't plan to study it until the spring. We too plan to focus on Egypt with it since we'll be doing France with Madeline. thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas!!

Jess said...

This looks great! I found this through Pinterest and am about to do this book with some little friends I tutor. We are using A Giraffe Goes to Paris.

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