Okay, it’s official. I am not only obsessed with Montessori geography but I am also obsessed with rocks and minerals. This post highlights a fun preschool geography matching activity with rocks and landmarks. In Montessori, geography includes physical (like learning about landforms) and culture. This activity falls into both areas within geography.
Montessori-Inspired Geography Rock Activity for Rocks
The Montessori-inspired activity is simple:Matching a landmark to the rock with which it was constructed.
Invite the child to match the mini replica and the image
Ask questions & explain the background on the landmarks (e.g. how were these structures built)
With the child, match the structure with the type of rock from which it was made
Bring out a globe and locate the area in which these landmarks are found, speaking specifically about what type of rock is found where and why
Encourage the child to do the activity on his own
Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange in 2010.
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Marnie graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a BA in Economics. She spent nearly a decade working in investment management. In 2006, she earned her MA in business from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999 and currently lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons. She is Montessori trained. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, Huffington Post, and WhattoExpect.com. Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures.