One thing I love about the month of September is the lust for learning is in the air. I don’t know if it inspired by the return to school, routines and structure or after school activities, but in September my children’s quench for learning is at an all time high! (Now if only my boys would apply this passion to learn to their homework, we would get along so much better!)
Last month, I introduced the boys (and you) to Little Passports. It is a monthly subscription program (starting at $10.95/month), that provides your child with a unique monthly adventure from the comfort of their own home! Through imaginary pen pals, named Sam and Sophia, your children get the chance travel the world and learn about the geography, history, culture and more of a different country each month.
This month our second pen pal letter arrived. The boys were so excited to receive mail of their very own! When they opened up this letter, they found a letter from Sophia and Sam about their adventure in Brazil, a photo of a rare red uakari monkey, an amethyst rock, a worldwide adventure activity sheet and stickers to attach to their passport and map.
The letter provided an adventurous tale about a rescue mission in Brazil where Sam and Sophia had to rescue a monkey for a poacher. I love how the letter is written. The letter allows your friendship with Sam and Sophia to resume where they left off last month. The letter explains the importance treasures (i.e. photograph, amethyst, etc) sent with letter and their relevance to the country. One of my favourite things about little passports is the learning does not end with the letter, after completing the worldwide adventure activity sheet and the online games, my children are still inspired to learn more. We can spend hours on GOOGLE answering question and exploring the areas that Sam and Sophia visit in their letter.
Here’s a few things we learned:
Red Uakari Monkey
-Herbivore with powerful enough jaws to
crack open a Brazil Nut
-On the verge of extinction due to poaching
-Their red, bald heads and pale, long faces are thought to deter predators who assume they are sick (National Geographic)
-The colour comes from iron impurities
-The name comes from the Greek word “amethystos”. They believed if they drank from a cup made out of Amethyst they would not get intoxicated. Amethystos = not drunken (Wikipedia)
-Home of the Amazon Rainforest
-Football (what Canadians call SOCCER) is the most popular sport. (Science Kids)
The only problem is, they can’t wait an entire month for a new adventure to come!