My original plan was to start the morning with some rice porridge, congee, like Brandon and his family had in "Brandon Goes to Hong K...

Hong Kong Mini Unit Study Day 3 - with Rice Porridge Recipes

 


My original plan was to start the morning with some rice porridge, congee, like Brandon and his family had in "Brandon Goes to Hong Kong." However, after talking about congee with my friend, who is Filipina, she told me about the Filipino version of rice porridge that they have for breakfast called champorado. Now, champorado involved chocolate and once I had chocolate on the brain, I had to have it! So, it may not be the same thing Brandon and his family had for breakfast, but our breakfast was definitely inspired by it! We added some bacon on the side so we could have a little salty with our sweet (the bacon looks like hair in the bowl, I feel like we should have made a face in the champorado!).

If you'd like to try it for yourself, here is the recipe I used:

Instant Pot Champorado

And if you'd like a non-chocolate version, here is the congee recipe I was going to use:

Instant Pot Congee


For the rest of the morning, we pretended to visit Ocean Park and took a ride on the submarine train. Then our focus was mostly on pandas. We read "The Panda Problem" by Deborah Underwood which was really funny. It doesn't teach you much about pandas, besides that they eat bamboo, but it is a great book to launch a conversation about fiction book structure. For the most part, fiction stories have a main character, a problem, and a solution. And that's the focus of this book: who is the main character, what is the problem, and how can they solve the problem. You could do a writing extension by having your child come up with an additional problem for the story and draw and write about it. We might do that tomorrow, but we had a short lesson day because Lil C had virtual dance class after lunch and we had to clean up the playroom before lunch so it would be ready for her to dance in. 


This adorable video gets you up close and personal with some teenage pandas as well as a newborn one!



We also watched a few Wild Kratts videos about pandas:

Wild Kratts Panda Power Up

Wild Kratts Explore China, Part 1

Wild Kratts Explore China, Part 2


That was it for today, tomorrow we may touch on pandas some more before focusing on the best part of the story: dragons!


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