1st grade geography


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  • nerakr

    OK, more questions. I noticed on the SCM curriculum guide that geography is considered a separate subject instead of being incorporated with history. I’m not going to use the SCM guides until my ds is older; what I’ve got in mind is similar to TQ, I suppose. Anyway, what I’m doing now is geography in the context of what we’re reading. If we’re reading Tikki Tikki Tembo, I show him China, Farmer Boy is New York, Little House in the Big Woods is Wisconsin, etc. Is this enough for first grade, or should I try a map drill? He doesn’t write very well; I don’t know if he could get the words in a small space on a map.

    If we do map drill, should it be strictly what we’re studying (Exploration/Discovery through 1800, I hope), or could we begin states/capitals? I could write the postal abbreviations on stickers for him to attach to the map or use a sticker map that I found at Staples.

    What do you think?




    My Pre-K does map drills and LOVES it!  (I didn’t even think to do it with her, but she INSISTED that she wanted to).  Instead of having her write down the state, I tell her the name of the state while pointing to it, have her say the name of the state (or country, or lake or river – whatever you happen to be studying at the time) and then color it in.  We keep doing this week after week, and one by one, she remembers on her own where things are.  I was floored when she was looking at a map that we usually don’t use for map drills and pointed out where the Mississippi River was and no rivers were on the map!


    We use TQ, and have enjoyed doing map drills along with what we are studying.  But if your kid is really interested in states or states and capitals – then do that!  I just google blank map of ______ and click on images.  Then a print up a bunch so I have them handy.  The kids actually like to label maps in their spare time!

    Sonya Shafer

    By all means, locate areas on a globe or map as you read about them, yes! That should be a large part of geography studies.

    Map drill was on Charlotte’s schedule once a week for about ten minutes. I haven’t found anything that explains exactly how she did it, so the way I describe map drill is just my idea based on her principles. Feel free to adapt as desired. Smile

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