Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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May4_EarthWe were not focusing on geography this year – I felt that both of us could use a bit of a break from traveling the globe. I also saw with amusement how quickly unused trivia evaporates from daughter’s head. It doesn’t mean that we didn’t do anything at all. We read many books about different countries, played with our globe and talked about world events if they were “age-appropriate” (no mention of Osama Bin Laden here). Now I finally feel Geo Cards like returning to country studies. The final push came from finding the set of country GeoCards on sale in Barnes & Noble. It made me realize how little even I know about some countries that made it to the list of 50 biggest countries in the world, so I figured that traveling this list in the next 12 months will be fun. Anna was very excited about this, and randomly pulled the card for the first stop – Morocco. This time I also want to maintain some sort of a scrapbook for our country travels, so imageshe  can revisit it later at will. I am also excited about participating in international postcard exchange hosted by Playing by the Book this year. There is still time to sign up if anyone is interested. It would be great to receive mail from some of the countries on my list. And I am also looking to participating again in History/Geography exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn and in the new geography feature at Mama Smiles.

13 comments:

Christy said...

WE don't have those cards, but we do have a few of the Geo puzzles by them. There is so much I would love to do with geography studies, and yet so little time.

MaryAnne said...

Those cards sound neat, and I like your idea of traveling through them!

I am so excited that you will be participating in my geography feature! =)

Waterfront Montessori said...

I agree with MaryAnne, I think the best part about it is the travel through and the best best idea here is the scrapbooking! That sounds awesome and you'll have something to come back to help with the 'forgetting trivia' aspect.

Great fun!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Geography is one of our completely unschooled subjects. I memorized so many fact in school, that have either changed, or I've forgotten, I just can't bring myself to insist the children memorize them now. But, we do keep our atlas out, and look places we hear about up, a lot.

Debbie said...

Geography is one of those subjects like Leah stated that after one memorizes all those facts, they seem to change. I feel opening the door and forgetting we have to memorize all the other junk, will make for life long yearning to study, or I hope. Welcome back, and I look forward to hearing more about the GeoCards.

Ticia said...

My kids are loving having their own books for the places they visit and get into them all the time. I predict your lapbook will be equally popular

Joyful Learner said...

I love the scrapbook idea. We might do that for our US postcards we received since I do not know what to do with them.

For geography, we have the Montessori continent boxes but we haven't used them much. Maybe it's time to take them out again. Most of the time, we just look the places we find in the books on the map.

Mom and Kiddo said...

SOmetimes I wish unused trivia WOULD vanish from Kiddo's head. He likes to regale me with random facts constantly. I've learned a lot, though. :)

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

We don't have the GeoCards, but we have the GeoBingo game by the same publisher. The girls really enjoy it...I think we need to get that game out soon :)
I like the idea of drawing out a card to decide where to learn about next.

MommyLabs said...

Studying about countries is the favourite study with my daughter, too! We then do related crafts to reinforce the country fact...
Loved reading your post and learning how you go about geography...

Kim said...

I like the idea of a scrapbook of your studies...

Infant Bibliophile said...

"I also saw with amusement how quickly unused trivia evaporates from daughter’s head." This is so true! I think my son has forgotten everything he had learned before now in the last 6 months. Thank goodness that learning to read doesn't go away. :)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I'm with Christy--so many things I would love to do with Geo, but never know where to fit them in. I think I've decided that after our 4 year history cycle is over we are going to do a whole year of geo.

The postcard swap would be lots of fun and really neat to participate in.