I am excited to start a new track with Anna – learning more about Planet Earth, its nature, its resources and its people. As you might recall, she has a special present from our friends waiting for her – Learning Globe, but after some consideration I decided not to rely on talking toys to teach my daughter basic geography facts. She will get it at some point to review, learn something new and enjoy it simply as a neat toy. For now it’s still nicely hidden in our garage. Instead I went to Target and bought her a $1 globe that generated a lot of excitement. Then I asked Anna,
- What do you know about maps?
- Anna: Maps help us find our way back home from far away places. Dora has a talking map, and papa has a talking map too in his car!
- Me: And what do you know about globes?
- Anna: Globes are maps too. They show where Santa Claus lives.
- Me: Huh?
- Anna: Yes! In Barney movie Hannah had a snow globe, and it had a Santa Claus house inside!
We proceeded to reread Me On the Map. We read it for the first time during our summer vacation and Anna was lukewarm about it. She was still lukewarm about it now – I can sense that she can connect to a map of the room and of the house, but not to bigger maps, since her young mind just cannot abstract things very well yet. Heck, I have seen enough adults who have no idea as to how to read a map, and it might just happen that with GPS devices it will become another antiquated skill. Here is a link that much older kids might find interesting – How Maps Are Used.
I have no intention to spend forever on maps, but we will be referring to them often as we “travel” around our Planet Earth. I have a rough plan for my geography track, but I don’t want to publish it, because I don’t want to put a pressure on myself to deliver on it. I will share our journey with you as we travel around, and I will be linking to Geography Exchange at Children Grow Children Explore Children Learn.