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Geography - Tools & Tips on Teaching Geography to Children

Introduce Geography Early

A globe and atlas were once found in every home and classroom. Teaching children about geography can be exciting and fun. Children's atlas and children's globe help a child understand geography and the world. It is easy to incorporate geography into everyday activities beginning at an early age. Tools such as the Talking Globe, available in two versions are amazing tools that will capture a child's interest. Unfortunately geography is one area that is not covered as completely as it once was. It is for that very reason parents and teachers should add more geography to their children's curriculum. It is a huge subject comprised of many categories. Geography is the study of the earth and all of its parts. Webster's dictionary defines it as the science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface.

Why Study Geography?

Studying geography involves learning about the planet on which we live, learning about the diverse climates, cultures, people and how they all interact. It helps us understand ourselves and others a little more. This increased understanding will allow for improved communication and improved relationships.

How Can I teach Children Geography

Teaching geography is much easier than you think. The study of geography is not only done with textbooks. Have a globe or world atlas in your home and encourage children to look at them and use them. You can find a variety of age specific atlases including an atlas for preschoolers, an atlas for school age children and an atlas for adults. There are also globes for preschoolers thru adult. Use the globe or atlas and locate the towns, cities or countries that relatives live in. Locate places you hear about in movies or on the news. Have maps of the neighborhood in which you live. State tourist agencies and local chambers of commerce usually have free maps yours for the asking. When you visit a zoo, theme park or museum be sure to grab a couple of their maps and let you child help plan the path you take. In addition, various government agencies also have free maps available. Collect local maps when you go on vacation; check with agencies mentioned above and also car rental companies and gas stations.

Have your child draw a map of their home, nearby park or school. Make a treasure map and have your children find the hidden treasure. Use geographic terms like north, south east and west. Look at coins and stamps from other countries. Start a collection of the new state quarters. In short do things that makes them curious, make geography real for them.

The Scrambled States of America Card Game

Geography based games and activities like Scrambled States of America, jigsaw puzzles are wonderful tools that make learning fun and help reinforce material taught. Magazines like National Geographic for Kids, National Geographic, Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard are not only fun and interesting for children they are great reference materials. Provide your child with the tools and materials and their natural curiosity will get them to use them.

Additional Sources for Globes, Atlases and Geography