Teaching Geography to Preschoolers

We were fortunate to receive Montessori Geography materials from Montessori Outlet to review and now offer to you. These materials are affordable and will bolster your home or school classroom. I am thrilled to be working with Montessori Outlet, the sponsor to our Montessori Geography “Starter Kit” Giveaway. Please read through this post for details.


Geography within Montessori Early Childhood (3 -6 year old children) comprises physical geography & political geography, or I like to think about the latter as “culture”. The sequence is physical first and then political.

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{The Introduction} When introducing geography to a child, I witnessed a lovely lesson using the tops of nesting boxes to depict the child’s place in the great, big universe. The largest box top was the universe ending with the smallest top representing the child.

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{The Sequence} From there, move to the Sandpaper Globe Teaching Geography to Preschoolers: “This is how we see the earth from the sky. This is land. This is water.” Here is a great Youtube video on how to give a Sandpaper Globe lesson. We don’t have sandpaper globes yet but I have introduced my son to geography. Typically, the World Map is introduced within the context of “political geography” after you’ve done work with landforms and climates. As I mentioned, I introduced the World Map after a few simple lessons on Land, Air & Water. We are working simultaneously on land form models and our World Continent Map. I will share our work with you as we move through it.

{The Lesson} Here is how Montessori introduces the World Map: “We live on Earth. The Earth is a Sphere.” I used our Cross-Section Earth Model Teaching Geography to Preschoolers and our Inflatable Earth Globe Teaching Geography to Preschoolers. Then say: “We also use maps to show us places on Earth but maps are flat. They are not spheres. It is easier to use maps if they are flat. To make a map, we basically flatten a globe. I will show you with this Earth. It is a sphere now but watch as I open the valve and let the air out. Now we flatten the globe.” I pushed out all the air and flattened it on the ground and pointed out the continents. Then, I pulled out the World Puzzle Map.

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To introduce the World Map, us your dominant hand and using a 3 finger grip, grasp the knob and lift North America from the puzzle: “This is North America, where we live.” Place the inset down in front of the frame. Trace the frame with my index finger. Then pick up the inset and trace the outline with my index finger. Finally, place the inset gently back into the frame. Do this for all the continent pieces. Occasionally refer back to the flattened globe. I took the opportunity to introduce the Control Map too. I demonstrated how to match the pieces.

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{Extensions} There are a number of extensions with the continent map introducing language and fine motor skill work that I will share with you over the next few weeks.

{The Giveaway} As we venture down the Montessori path, it is no secret that the materials are expensive especially the Sensorial and geography materials. As a homeschooler, the cost is daunting to me but slowly but surely we are building up our class materials. As a director of a classroom, the cost is also daunting especially when children use (as they should) and misuse (as they should not) materials. The result is the same, materials need to be replaced over time. Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of high quality, beautiful materials. So, that leaves us with creative ways of building our classrooms, at home or in a school. DIY Materials are popular and doable for many aspects of the curriculum.

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  1. World Control Map – Unlabeled
  2. Continent Labels
  3. Circle for World Map
  4. Puzzle Map of World Parts
  5. Land Form Cards
  6. Land Form Cards Box
  7. 1st Set of Land and Water Form Trays

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  1. Hard choice – but I think I’d pick the sandpaper cursive letters! {and I love, love, love your font in your comment box …. gorgeous!}

  2. I would love to win this package! I think it would be great to have a giveaway with the sandpaper letters–a basic thing that is so useful!
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  3. I will love to havet the mobile alphabet

  4. I’d love to see the botany puzzles or animal puzzles.
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  5. Adrianne B says:

    I think a set of sandpaper letters would be great!

    This is an INCREDIBLE giveaway, btw. Thanks so much for hosting:)

  6. Adrianne B says:

    What a great resource! Thanks for talking a little about the scope and sequence of the Geography introduction lessons.

  7. Our homeschool room could definitely use the hide away cube!
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  8. I would love to have this starter kit for my classroom!

  9. I think the 100 board would be good to have.

  10. Kvendolina says:

    I’d like to see any of sensorial materials in another giveway.

  11. I would also vote for the sensory letters. What a wonderful giveaway, thank you!
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  12. Oh! Hard decision. The geography materials are actually some of our most favourite – I think I’d choose a country or continent puzzle map, or the next set of water and form trays!

  13. I would LOVE to win this , as I have yet to purchase any authentic Montessori items, and look forward to getting some in my home. I would also love to see the Binomial or Trinomial cube as a giveaway!

  14. I’d like to see a giveaway for sensorial materials – maybe geometric cabinet or constructive triangles.

  15. I’d love to see the botany puzzles or animal puzzles.
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  16. I had no idea that this site even existed!! Honestly anything at I is what I would love since I’m just beginning to homeschool pre-k

  17. The sandpaper cursive letters looks so amazing

  18. Wow, I just discovered your blog and it is AWESOME! I will have a lot to read in the next weeks, a lots to play!

    • Oh, Isabelle, you just made my night! Are you a homeschooler? Montessori educator? Parent? I look forward to connecting…

      • I am a mom of three (6-5-3), only the last one is still home with me (they grow sooo fast!). But I really like the “Montessori way of teaching”, and I try to use it at home as much as possible!

  19. The pink tower

  20. Bead material! I think about making this essential material myself and I start to shake.

  21. I would love the hundred board – this is one of the activities my 4yo is working on at school at the moment and just loves!

  22. I bough last week for first time Montessori materials in Montessori Oulett thanks to you Marnie. My 2th order will be geography materials so I love this giveaway, I would like to see a giveaway of Sensory materials like knobless cylinders, pink tower, brown stairs, because here I can’t found!
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  23. I’d love to see the cylinder activities. I’ve always wanted to shared these with my toddler.

  24. Id love to see the pink tower and sandpaper letters! It would be awesome too to see some sort of “get started” package

  25. There is so much to choose from but I think movable alphabet would be great thing for giveaways.

  26. Everything about Geography, Science, culture around the world. I teach those subjects in a school at San Jose, Costa Rica. Central America. I love simplicity, Montessori is the best school material I have seen , Thanks,

  27. I think it’d be nice to give away something that its hard to make. Like the different sized cylinders, or other wooden toys. Or even a small kitchen pitcher and glasses to learn pouring in their own size.

  28. For a different giveaway, I’d love to see any of Montessori Outlet’s biology puzzles. They look like beautiful quality items.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!
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  29. I would love the Spindle Box !
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  30. I’d love to see the sandpaper cursive letters be available.

  31. This is awesome! I’d love to win.

  32. I’m not sure I’m doing this right, but I’d love to win.

  33. Well, I happen to be working on building up my geography school materials so this giveaway is kind of perfect… otherwise, I’m interested in the addition/subtraction/multiplication/division games since I have a son who is graduating into a whole new set of math materials.

  34. Sandpaper letters would be a great home addition.

  35. The Geometric Solids would be an amazing way to put three-dimensional geometry into little hands. What a lovely resource!
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  36. Kim Fielding says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to see a giveaway for the botany materials.

  37. I would love to see the sandpaper letters and numbers in another giveaway:)

  38. domestic diva says:

    I like the drying rack.

  39. I would love to see a giveaway for some of their wonderful sensorial materials! Color tablets are something I’ve been hoping to get my hands on.

  40. I would love these materials for our home preschool! I’m thrilled to have found your blog, as well as the Montessori Outlet site. Thank you!

  41. natali deckmyn says:

    I would love to see the cylinder blocks in a giveaway!

  42. What a great giveaway! I’ve been wanting to get a set of Movable Alphabet letters for my sons, so those along with other literacy materials would be another giveaway I’d be so excited to see!

  43. Priscila Martins says:

    I would love to see sandpaper letters on the next giveaway.

  44. I would love a language “starter kit”!
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  45. What an inspiring post! My kids would love this! New here, looking forward to seeing how to teach shapes and math…

  46. Sandpaper letters! They are one of the materials we lack and I am least excited about creating myself. ;)

  47. I love Montessori botany materials, so maybe some of those? Like this one: http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510600160/5106/Montessori-Outlet-Horse-Puzzle-
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  48. Barbara Cooper says:

    the constructive triangle boxes…..or the third color box….a plastic real live looking baby doll for “baby washing and dressing” as a practical life work….
    I am soooo happy that my friend liked your face book page! I will check it out!
    I am currently working on getting my Montessori certificate through Age of Montessori out in Bozeman, Montana. I love it! Barb

  49. Great giveaway!

    I think I would like the binomial cube and the trinomial cube.
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  50. Donna Marie says:

    I would love for you to offer the binomial and trinomial cubes!

  51. adina holwerda says:
  52. Anything MATH!! Just starting out homeschooling. My ds is really in the sensitive period for numbers right now!

  53. You did a great job! Love Montessori geography!
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  54. Thank you for introducing me to the Montessori Outlet and for offering this giveaway! SO happy to have found you on Pinterest. I would like to see a giveaway of a sensorial package – such as the pink tower, cylinder blocks, etc. I love these products, but they add up quickly! Thanks again!

  55. I really like the Montessori methods and am looking to learn more. I would like to see a give away of anything having to do with language.
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  56. I would love to see any giveaways!

  57. I would love to see a give away of the Multiplication bead board!
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  58. I am having trouble finding the other posts in this series to comment on.
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  59. I love how preschoolers are introduced to geography!
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  60. I would love to see the multiplication bead board offered! There are some amazing items and ridiculous prices offered here!!

  61. Animal puzzle activity set!

  62. I like the cylinder block set!
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