Five in a Row : Geography
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If you have been with me for any amount of time, you probably know how much I love FIAR and that I feel very passionately about this curriculum. I like that from one book , I can open up a world of new things for my children to learn. FIAR covers just about every subject. Today we will be talking about Geography.
Geography is one of my personal favorite subjects to teach and study along side my children. Since most of the books required for FIAR have a geological location, I thought that I would really use this as a place to jump off and do some exploring. We do a number of things to reinforce what we learn & have fun along the way. I have noticed that when I give my children something hands on, they seem to remember it much more vividly and they do not forget it as easily. Five in a row makes this concept easy and doable!
How do we put together our Geography lessons?
The first day that we row a new book I always like to start with geography. We always begin with putting the story disc on our world map. We then add our passport stamp to our passport. (You can download for free on the bottom of this post) After that we spend the day reading go alongs about the country, coloring the flag, coloring/labeling a map, and introducing them to new words in that countries language. If I have time and feel more creative I will add a snack that coordinates as well.
We have a geography area in our classroom so to speak. We have wall maps of the world and of the United States. This is where we will pin the story disc for each book. I also like to create a learning center. I have a cork board that I will post the country map (i.e France for Madeline) with the capital labeled by the kids. I like to put up a continent picture and have the kids color in the country. I have flash cards of famous places. If I have one that goes along with this particular book I will attach it here as well. I print money and laminate so the kids can look and compare it to our currency. I also try to hunt around at thrift stores or on line for things that go along with the country we are learning. (i.e a boomerang for Australia or Japanese tea set for Japan ). You get the idea. The ideas for this are limitless and they change for every book that we row based on what I have available. You could even have continent boxes that could be utilized as well.
Of course, there are always go along books that correspond the lesson. They are put into a basket in the learning area. We will read them through out the week. There are a few reference books that I use for every geography lesson. I will link a few of my favorite Geography books that we use as a reference in the bottom of the post. Children just like me is one of my absolute favorites. The book is beautiful with colorful pictures showing what they wear, eat, games they play. The kids always found this to be very interesting.
We try to add field trips when ever possible. If there is a market that specializes in that counties cuisine we will head over there and grab the ingredients needed to make our meal on Friday. It gives you an opportunity to talk with people from that country. You can ask where they are from and how long they have been here in America. They are usually very eager to share their experiences and countries traditions with you. When we have our Disney annual passes, we will head over to Epcot and visit the world showcase. You can find candies, toys, flags and much more. In Japan they even have Kimonos for sale. They have a show that is always amazing to watch.
At the end of a row, we will cook a meal from that country and the kids will display what they did over the week(s). We decorate the dining room and even play music from the country as well.Its easy to see why it is one of my favorite subjects to teach. I have learned so much along the way and have been so fascinated by other cultures,their architecture and cuisine.Click To Tweet
I have created a passport and a passport stamp for each of the FIAR books in volumes 1 thru 4. I did not add Before FIAR due to the fact they did not really have any geological locations. We will be using this through out they years as we row each volume.
I hope this gave you some ideas. What ways do you incorporate Geography into your homeschool? Leave a comment and don’t forget to subscribe!
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