I finally have the beginning's of my Continent Boxes for our Geography Center! I am so excited about this as I know the dear children are going to really thrive with their Geography studies as in the past, they have just been so-so!
My inspiration comes from the VERY Creative and industrious Theresa of Lapazfarm Homelearning and the wonderful set-up that Jennifer of Wildflowers and Marbles has created in her learning room, not to mention all the wonderful ladies at the 4Real Montessori Fourms!
We start with an empty white box from Michael's (these came nesting with two smaller boxes I have yet to decide what to use for, but I assure you, they will come in handy!)
I wanted to do something elaborate on the box lid, but for now we will settle for the Continent and a few stickers. I think I will have the kids add to it with pictures or stickers as we discover more about each Continent, then it will be more decoupage looking!
I have quite a few coins that I collected in Europe and these will naturally go into the Europe box!
This nifty little caddy (only $1) and you can be assured that I picked up SEVERAL, will be just great for our Continent work and especially TOOB animals storage! Here I have a set of Biomes Cards with Animals to match. (Still need to pick up the Arctic Toob). Don't miss Andrea's post at Gray Family Circus for some great inspiration on how to use your Toob Animals!! (I LOVE her Felt World Map)
These were so fun to put together and I know the kids can't wait to get at them!! I saw this initially at the NAMC site sample lesson plans and finally got around to getting it together! It'll be a blast with colored blue water, sea and land animals, people and perhaps some small trees and bushes to add! And check these plans out too, we'll be doing this as well!!
Pin Maps to go with each Continent are currently stored in the second smaller white box (that came nesting) and I'm thinking I may glue each Cork piece into the top underside lid of each box and then fill the boxes with extra Continent Stuff, like Toob Animals, Flags, a Music CD representative of some of the countries in that Continent, extra Three-Part Cards, Fabrics....the ideas could go on forever here!
And last, but certainly not least, here is our Geography Cabinet, compliments of my dear, sweet and so very generous parents (Thanks M & D) and was found at none other than Alison's Montessori!!! We LOVE it, I can't say enough good things about it, it's going to be a very integral part of our Geography learning this year, pivotal, if you will!!! Don't you just LOVE the Globes!! My kiddos are thrilled to have them! The thing I love most about this great cabinet is it's compact size and it's ability to hold all of our Geography materials in a neat-and-tidy kind of way! All it needs, it a big basket of Geography books next to it, and Viola!! Geography Central!
We will also be using many of the resources I have listed in our Geography Lesson Plans from last year!! I hope you'll follow along our Trail as we blaze along with some Great Geography!! Thanks for visiting today, many blessings to you!