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Teaching Geography to Young Children
Since both my husband and I are the first generation immigrants into US, it’s extremely important to us to raise our child as a world citizen. We started introducing our daughter to geography and world cultures when she was about 3 years old through books, games, and crafts. You can check out, for example, my post: Preschool Geography: Discover Ireland or visit my World Geography category. We never made geography a sit-down lesson, but instead we are weaving it into many daily activities and conversations. As a recent example of an impromptu geography lesson for our now 7 year old, we were talking about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and pulled out an atlas to see where the flight was supposed to travel and where it ended up and why it is so hard to find.
Introducing Globes, Maps and Atlases
Sadly, we don’t have space in our house to put up a wall map. Smarty still loves her V-Tech Fly & Learn Globe (you can see it behind her in this photo) that she received as a present when she was 3, but we are hoping to replace it with a real globe as a present for her next birthday. A fun introduction to maps is Greetings from Kiwi and Pear book that comes with a map of the world and stickers for it. Another great “travel the world” book that I recommend is gorgeously illustrated Around the World with Mouk.
An Amazing Book of Maps
Sadly, an introduction of atlas in school must have been botched, because suddenly Smarty started to say that maps are boring and she doesn’t like them. I decided to reset this perception, and, luckily, just the right book came along. Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski is an amazing book that is a lot more than just “maps”. It doesn’t contain every country in the world, but the countries that are included have amazing level of detail fitted on the page – from the landmarks to favorite foods to popular names to famous people. The moment I saw it in the library, I knew that we have to have our own, so I bought ours from Amazon. I can’t wait to do some country studies based on this book, but first I wanted to get daughter back to loving maps. So I introduced:
HedBanz Geography GameMy daughter really enjoys playing HedBanz during playdates. Her enthusiasm for the game gave me an idea for geography twist on it. I took our set of landmark cards that came from $1 in Target, and we first both looked through them to make sure that we at least know what the options are. It also gave Smarty a chance to learn some new landmarks like Easter Island Statues. Then we took turns trying to guess the landmarks in 5 moves or less. An additional fun twist was that we could ask each other to “act out” the landmark. Then Smarty could earn an extra point by locating the landmark in the Maps book.
Smarty had a blast with this game, especially since she beat me with her extra points, and is now delighted about her new book of maps. I have a lot of plans for this book, including our next mini-unit on Mexico, since we are going there for our spring break vacation.
More Geography Fun:
- China Elementary School Unit on this blog
- A Lewis and Clark Board Game from Relentlessly Fun Deceptively Educational
- Creative Ways to Teach Geography from Buggy and Buddy
- 50 State Study Ideas from Adventures in Mommydom
- 9 Creative Way to Explore the World from School Time Snippets
Share With Poppins Book Nook
I am delighted to join many fantastic kid bloggers in this March edition of Poppins Book Nook. I am sharing the joy of books with fantastic co-hosts:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama
Poppins Book Nook Giveaway
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