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Preschool at Home: More Geography Activities

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared a lot of activities that you can do with maps.  Today I want to share some other geography activities that my kids loved.

After reading through Me on the Map (which is just perfect for the 4-6 year old crowd), I had ED do an activity that focuses in on where we live.  You have the kids color in and paste their location, pinpointing their location by going from the largest to the smallest location. For example… I printed out labels such as I live on Earth, I live in North America…

I cut out circles for

  • the Earth
  • North America
  • USA
  • Your state: Kansas
  • City: Topeka
  • Street: 77 Maple Street
She colored in the maps and glued them onto the circles with the labels at the bottom:
Then you put the entire collection together (largest at the bottom) with a brad at the top:
In the past we did variations of this activity using stacking boxes instead. This post from several years ago was Nesting Boxes from the Galaxy to the Atom — and has a similar idea…
Here’s a close-up
We also sang through the song about the 7 continents and ED put in pins on our world map:
Here are the kids singing the Seven Continent Song. Last spring someone wondered if we could share the tune–so we made our first you-tube video.  We had a number of bloopers and flubs (which made us roll on the floor laughing), but this version went fairly well! So… here are the kids in their very first you-tube video!

 

If you want to print out and make your own Montessori materials, here are the posts where you’ll find those free downloads…

You’ll find the free Montessori World Map here (free to download over at that post) and instructions on how to make a Montessori pin map:

You might want to visit the post about the Animals Around the World. You can access free Montessori cards of animals from each continent at that post:

Don’t miss this post about using the free Montessori US landmark cards I made (Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, etc.) and how we used them.

Other related posts you might be interested in:

Categories you may want to visit (which have posts related to these topics):

Free and Useful Montessori Resources:

  • Living Montessori Now – This website has a wonderful collection of how parents are instituting Montessori inspired activities in their homes.
  • ETC Montessori – Free Downloadable Materials
  • Montessori Mom – This wonderful website has an extensive list of various Montessori resources.
  • Montessori Album – A growing site with lots of photos.
  • Montessori Materials – Lots of free resources. I especially love and use the paper purple beads for place value work in math (see “Bead Materials ones and tens, beads: hundreds and thousands. See my post about using these materials here.
  • Montessori for Everyone–Offers free downloads each month–sorting cards such as the seasons, where things come from, animal tracks and more.

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Preschool at Home: Geography Activities (Maps and More) Ages 4+

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

There are so many fun things you can do with your preschooler (or elementary kids) to help them gain an understanding of the geography of our amazing world! You can make all kinds of maps to enhance your preschooler’s knowledge of the world.

Over the years we have made maps…

with sand, dirt and grass seed like our Nile River Valley

Out of clay, like our Ancient Greece (and Mediterranean Sea) map  (Ancient Greece Geography ProjectAncient Greece Geography Project, Part 2)

Out of graham crackers, like our map of Britain

and out of cookie dough like our map of South America (with the Andes as chocolate chips!)

You can study and color world flags

And use world flags with pin maps, like we did with the countries of Asia

and with the countries in Africa

You can use geography puzzles:

You can toss a globe around and identify the continent (or country) your thumb lands on when you catch it:

You can study famous landmarks and make replicas

You can locate famous rivers and lakes:

And you can study all the geography land form (and water form) terms like lakes, peninsulas, isthmus, bay and create them at home:

You can make your own world globe!

You can play board games like Ten Days Across Europe (or Africa or Asia)

You can make food from different places… like our almond soup when we tried different foods from Africa

or pretzels from Germany

You can study a specific country and learn all about their history, culture and music like when we studied Japan,  India,

and Australia

You can try to arrange a country box exchange, which we’ve done with homeschoolers from or living in Singapore, France, different states in the U.S.

Country Box Exchange: China

Country Box Exchange: Gambia

Or you could participate in a postcard exchange from around the U.S. or around the world!

Hope you have fun exploring our amazing world!

Other related posts you might be interested in:

Categories you may want to visit (which have posts related to these topics):

Free and Useful Montessori Resources:

  • Living Montessori Now – This website has a wonderful collection of how parents are instituting Montessori inspired activities in their homes.
  • ETC Montessori – Free Downloadable Materials
  • Montessori Mom – This wonderful website has an extensive list of various Montessori resources.
  • Montessori Album – A growing site with lots of photos.
  • Montessori Materials – Lots of free resources. I especially love and use the paper purple beads for place value work in math (see “Bead Materials ones and tens, beads: hundreds and thousands. See my post about using these materials here.
  • Montessori for Everyone–Offers free downloads each month–sorting cards such as the seasons, where things come from, animal tracks and more.

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Animals Around the World (Free Montessori 3 Part Cards)

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The last two weeks I shared some of ED’s animal-related activities. She looked closely at the vertebrate-invertebrate groups and we talked a lot about the characteristics of the animals of the 5 vertebrate groups.  This week I thought I would share an activity we did last year about the animals of the 7 continents.  You can download those cards (free) by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post.

As I mentioned on Friday, ED has been working on her world geography. She has spent a couple of weeks going over the 7 continents again and working with some Montessori 3-part cards I made for her. They are probably available elsewhere, but I wanted both small cards to place on each continent and some larger ones so she could work on word-matching.

As she sang the 7-continents song (that I mentioned on Friday), she looked at the animal cards for each continent and placed them on the proper continent. Come see our 7 Continents Song you-tube video over at this post… the kids sang through the the song to help someone (overseas) learn the tune!

She did this with a large world map we have:

Another day, she identified and set out the satellite photos we have of the continents. The the large continent cards are available free at ETC Montessori (along with some other really nice Montessori materials).

Once she was pretty familiar with the animals on each continent, I brought out the Montessori 3-part cards.  I printed out two sets of each and cut out the animals and word labels. She had to match them to the picture.

At the end of the week, I challenged her to match the word to the picture (without the control card)!

We also brought out all our plastic animals and she spent a couple of days sorting those onto the world map as well:

She also did a sticker activity of the world animals. We got a set of 12 from Oriental Trading:

After I made this post, someone overseas asked me if I could teach them the 7-continents song.  The kids made a little video to show how

If you are interested, you can print out your own world animal cards.  They come both as large cards and as smaller versions of the same cards. I’ve been doing this activity with the kids since they were about 3 years old.

Here are the  free 3-Part Montessori Cards — Animals of the 7 Continents:

After I made this post, someone overseas asked me if I could teach them the 7-continents song.  The kids made a little video to show how we used these cards.  Here’s the post – Kids Sing the 7 Continents Song. Or click on the picture which will take you to the post where the video is located:

If you found these useful, I would love to hear from you either here or over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page! That’s also a great place to go catch up on some of the posts you might have missed lately. I keep a running list of all our posts there.

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Free India Learning Packet

Monday, September 30th, 2013

This year we are again studying world cultures in our homeschool. We are focusing on Asia and just started our unit on India.  I made a packet for the kids to add to their history notebooks which covers the geography of India, some basic facts (population, capital, etc.) and things like that. It’s 20 pages long and includes answers to the various sheets that the kids and I will be going over.

If you are interested you are welcome to download the free India Learning Packet:

We are using a variety of resources along with our unit, we have about 15 or 20 books checked out from the libary and I’ll share those as we use the, but in the meantime here’s a rough schedule of readings I wrote up to follow in the next few weeks. We’ll be covering much of the history of India and will also do smaller units on Buddhism and Hinduism. We’ll be adding in other books and resources (like folktales, tales about Rama and Sita, books about Hinduism and Buddhism) as we go along. Here’s the rough outline of the history readings we’ll be doing. I’ll include that in case anyone else is doing a unit study on India — I just pulled readings from the resources I had on hand.

India History Readings

Books we’re using:

A Child’s History of the World (CHOW)

Story of the World (SOW)

Kingfisher History Enclyclopedia (Kingfisher)

Usborne Book of World History (Usborne)

World History Patterns of Civilization (WH-PoC) — This is a history textbook I still have on hand from my teaching days.

We did the first couple of history readings and a couple of the pages in the packet last week. We also pulled out an old pin-map I made of Asia and started learning the location of some of the countries. I got the Asia flags from Montessori Materials (free to download).  When I made this “pin map” I used Styrofoam (in a box so it wouldn’t disintegrate into those horrible balls!), a laminated map of Asia and attached the flags to toothpicks (normally I use straight pins now that my kids are older).

You may also be interested in the worksheets I made for the kids as we learned about Hinduism and the Hindu gods and goddesses. I included a long list of children’s books about the classic Hindu gods.  The Hinduism packet is also available free to download:

  

If you found any of this useful, I’d love to hear from you over at my Homeschool Den Facebook page. That’s also a great place to catch up on some of the recent posts and freebies that you may have missed. I keep a running list of all my blog posts there. Hope to see you there! ~Liesl

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You might be interested in these related posts:

Learning about Hinduism – Hindu Gods and Goddesses


Buddhism Learning Pack


Gandhi – free worksheets/notebook pages

Africa Learning Packet: Basic Facts about Africa

Here’s the link to all of Last year’s World Culture Posts on Africa (the entire unit we did, but of course it’s not in chronological order). We covered everything from Ancient Egypt, Islam (and the spread of Islam across northern Africa), Mansa Musa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and more.

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Geography Activities for 4-6 year olds

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Last Thursday I talked about using the Montessori landmark cards, but I didn’t think to talk about ED’s other geography activities.  After reading through Me on the Map (which is just perfect for the 4-6 year old crowd), I had ED do an activity we had done a year and a half ago or so.  You have the kids color in and paste their location, pinpointing their location by going from the largest to the smallest location. For example… I printed out labels for I live on Earth, I live in North America.

  • the Earth
  • North America
  • USA
  • Kansas
  • Topeka
  • 77 Maple Street
She colored in the maps and glued them onto the circles with the labels at the bottom:
Then you put the entire collection together (largest at the bottom) with a brad at the top:
In the past I’ve done variations of this activity using stacking boxes instead. This post from several years ago was Nesting Boxes from the Galaxy to the Atom — and has a similar idea…
Here’s a close-up
We also sang through the song about the 7 continents and ED put in pins on our world map:

Here are the kids singing the Seven Continent Song. Last spring someone wondered if we could share the tune–so we made our first you-tube video.  We had a number of bloopers and flubs (which made us roll on the floor laughing), but this version went fairly well! So… here are the kids in their very first you-tube video!


If you want to print out and make your own Montessori materials, here are the posts where you’ll find those free downloads…

You’ll find the free Montessori World Map here (free to download over at that post) and instructions on how to make a Montessori pin map:

You might want to visit the post about the Animals Around the World. You can access free Montessori cards of animals from each continent at that post:

Yesterday I talked about the free Montessori US landmark cards I made (Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, etc.) and how I used them.

You might also be interested in this post: Preschool at Home: Science for 2-5 year old (and up)

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