I'm starting geography and I'm trying to figure out how to do map drills that makes it interesting. We like it simple. Any suggestions would be great. We are doing US History so I want to cover the 50 states.
When my older children were younger, I printed out lots of blank US maps and they slowly learned the states by filling them in. With lots of copies you can keep drilling and practicing. After they did this, we did state birds (but didn't memorize those...it was more like an art project/geography)
I'm not sure of the ages of your children, but here are a few ideas:
Just a clarification...
Globes, puzzles, games are all great additions, too.
Christie (and anyone else), which would you suggest working on first, current political locations or maps linked to the history module....or what combination of both? This is our first year doing map drills (1st year with CM method), and I have a 7th grader, a 5th grader, and a 4th grader.
To simplify things, I am using history module 5 with all of them. For geography, we are following the SCM curriculum guide's recommendation to focus on South America and Australia. Last week, we did our first map drill on the countries of South America. My oldest dd got every country correct (she remembered some map work she did with last year's curriculum), and the other two got 4-6 countries correct. They seem to enjoy map drills.
For young kids learning the states, I recommend The Scrambled United States. I know it looks like twaddle (I thought so at first and ignored it when we received it....and while I ignored it my kids learned the states with it!). In a very rare occurance, I think the DVD is better than the book.
Simply posting a map in your home where it gets lots of attention will work wonders.
Now that my kids are older (not beginners), when we study a place, we draw our own maps and label them as we learn facts and stories about the place. This is been so much fun, and you really learn a lot when drawing - it's impossible to draw a map without REALLY looking at it and noticing details. I do this project with the kids....and it can be frustrating, so be patient if first maps turn out looking like blobs. Skills will improve.
We are doing US history this year too. We are doing geography (learning states) like listed above by quietwaters. We have added the The Scrambled United States GAME to our weekly to do list. The whole family (children 19 yrs, 9, and 5) all love it including us, as parents. You can get it at your local Barnes and Noble with your teacher discount for about $12. It's our favorite game to play right now.
I wish I had the mega maps for Africa last year. I was trying to have my children put small pieces of paper on a map because they were too young to print every word. If the map was able to print and then put together as a large map that would have been easier.
Thanks for the site hauserfamily.
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