Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Easiest Geography Ever

I used to be really concerned about geography. It was an important subject to me as I didn't retain much that I learned in school.
Here's what I do: When we're reading a book about artist John Singer Sargent, and it says he was born in Florence, I tell them that's in Italy and have one of the kids point out Italy on the map, telling them it's shaped like a boot and north of Africa (which they know very well). When we're reading Marco Polo and I say that he traveled to the area of China just north of India, I have a kid point out India on the map and another to point out that area of China. Easy shmeasy! And even the 3 yo's can now point out: the US, Africa, England, India, China, and Australia. (and several others, but didn't want to bore you.)


MommaofMany said...

Yes, I find geography very easy to teach using the same method. We are doing "Home Geography" as a family, too, which has been very fun and useful. AO has a link to Home Geography on the Y3.5 page.

MotherOfBlessings said...

That's the way we do it.