One of the core teaching manuals or albums in Montessori education covers the study of geography. Beginning around age 3, many kids can begin to grasp concepts of geography such as the function of a map. Over time, children can begin to read maps. Children can learn about the cardinal directions (North, South, East, West) and use a compass to orient themselves. Other geography lessons include working with globes and maps, learning about landforms, studying continents, countries, states, and landscapes.
For us, we have introduced geography lessons slowly, and our geography studies are ongoing over time. Thus, the list of activities included below will grow over time as we continue our study of geography. In the meantime, I am happy to share some of our introductory geography activities below!
My learning objectives for our geography lessons included:
- Kids will be able to describe what a map is and what it is used for
- Kids will be able to identify the key/legend on a map, and will know that the symbols in the key/legend tell us about the things found in the map
- Kids will be able to use a simple map
- Kids will understand that the needle on a compass always points North
- Kids will be able to use a compass to find North, South, East, and West
- Kids will understand that the earth is made up of air, land, and water
- And more objectives to come as we complete additional activities. . .
Below you will find all of the geography-related posts that have been featured at Gift of Curiosity.