Thursday, September 16, 2010

image Follow That Map

I understand pretty well that my daughter will not remember many facts or skills from trying something just once. That’s why I have certain books that I keep bringing from the library every three months or so for a sneaky “review” of certain concepts. Follow That Map is one of those books. We both liked it very much first time we read it. It’s very beautifully done and has a simple story of the kids looking for their pets. Each page has a map – first of their neighborhood, then of their town, etc. Each page also has some questions that kids can answer looking at the maps.

Sep7_Map The follow up to this book was completely Anna-driven. She likes to play travel and expeditions, and during one of her games her characters “got lost” in the kitchen. I suggested to make them a map. Anna immediately grabbed paper and pencils and started making it. Her latest favorite craft material is a cheaper version of Bendaroos called Flexa Fun sticks (I got them at Michael’s). So her map was a very dynamic map made out of Flex sticks, and she kept rearranging map pieces on the paper as her game progressed. This girl really likes to be in charge of her world :)

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16 comments:

littlewondersdays said...

We'll have to look for that book, it looks great. How smart is Anna! I love how she made her map and changed it as she wanted.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I am definitely getting this book, Kiddo LOVES maps.

Christy said...

I have never seen that book, but I am adding it to my library list.

My kids love Bendaroos.

Debbie said...

I am going to look for this book. I have a feeling we would enjoy it.

Joyful Learner said...

JC was really into maps awhile back. She drew maps whenever she got the chance and told me where the treasure was hidden. It's interesting to see how kids express and play differently with the same concept! My next goal is to help her learn north, south, east, and west from our house. This is a challenge as I am pretty bad at directions myself.

RedTedArt said...

Wow I am most impressed with the fact that she a) made a map and b) has such a good understanding of what it is. I will have to get that book. Red Ted (2.5yrs) isn't really sure what it is - but then I started with the World. Maybe that was a bit too grand!!

Maggy
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April said...

That looks like a good book. My daughter would probably like maps because she likes Dora. I love using the flex sticks with the map!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a fun way to make a map! And, how convenient, that it can be so easily rearranged :)

Aging Mommy said...

Oh if only all maps could be so easily rearranged, both to places and maps of life :-) She is one very creative little girl. My daughter is getting very interested in maps so I will have to look for this book.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Leave it to you to find the perfect book on maps. That's why I love visiting your blog. My kids have drawn out pretend maps but they've always been the permanent kind.

Julie said...

I need to look for that book. For all the geography lessons we do, M still doesn't get the concept of a map. She's so different in terms of learning style than C is, so it's odd to me that she doesn't get it, while C had no problem with maps from a very young age.

MaryAnne said...

What a magical world Anna must have created, for the map to change like that!

This sounds like a neat book, I plan to borrow it from our library sometime soon!

Infant Bibliophile said...

I have to try this book. My son loves maps more than learning about the inner workings of countries, so I'm curious to see if he'd take to this idea. We often draw maps together while he eats, with local places we like to go. (We do at least 50% of his learning stuff while he eats. I'm always looking for strategies to keep my skinny guy eating!).

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a great interactive activity. Fun book!

Eva said...

oo looks like fun, I want to start introducing geography and maps to my daughter too. I've been looking through your geography posts for ideas and will hopefully start soon :) thanks for all the inspiration!

My Family My Forever said...

Thank you for sharing this book, it looks like one I would love to read here, and our library has it!