I was so inspired by Kim's post on geography that I decided we neeed to re-think how we've (or I've) been approaching this great subject and try to make it more real and fun! One of the kid's favorite non-fiction picture books is Children Just Like Me, and we'll be using it along with some of the super geography books Kim mentions, like Geography from A to Z, and Material World, as well as our wall maps and Uncle Josh's Outline Map Book, we love these! These are all excellent representations of living books that will help make geography come alive when we're studying a certain region or come across a particular land form in our historical reading.
For a hands on approach for learning the land forms Kim recommends using plastic "zip lock" style containers for the kids to form the land piece in to and then add "blue" water (if necessary) to show some perspcetive. I also really like how Kim took the Montessori "nomenclature" card idea and made her own landforms document by dividing it into large sections. One for the name of the land form another for a drawing by the dear children, and the bottom for the explanation or description of the land form. It's brilliant and so easy and doable and best of all, learnable!! BAM, it's just like Emeril :) We'll also use puzzles for tracing the states and continents and filling in the topgraphical information with salt or paint for more hands-on work. I love this approach and I'm certain we will be doing alot more geography with this new method!! Thanks Kim, your a lifesaver!!
I think Geography just got a little better and certainly more fun!! How do you approach Geography in your home school?? Thanks for stopping by and May God Bless you in your Day!!