I'm so excited, ladies! My friend, Linda B., has posted about a map technique she was taught when attending school overseas. This is a map study that was used in British schools for many years, she told me.
Linda said, "I would just about be willing to bet money that this is what Charlotte Mason's students did for Geography, because this is how British children did it for many generations. My map book was one of my childhood treasures and I wish it had been saved! I wanted my students to learn how to do it because it is already a lost art."
(missingtheshire, does this technique look familiar?)
What excites me most about this technique is how closely it is related to Charlotte Mason's method for nature study. Sure, it would be faster just to print a map of the area, just as it would be faster to print a picture of a rose. But it is the act of tracing the map, or drawing the rose, that encourages close observation and a personal relation. And I love how Linda explained that you could personalize your maps.
I'm planning to incorporate this technique in future map drill times. Love it!