You might remember a post I wrote a while back on Introducing Land Forms to Preschoolers with an easy & inexpensive activity. The other day I went further to explain Geography within Montessori and how to introduce this big topic to your children. When you are ready to move onto the next lesson, I highly recommend what we did today using land form cards.
Teach Geography with Land Form Cards
First, go to Montessori Outlet and purchase these Montessori Land Form cards. We started working with them a few weeks ago and I am really happy with them. Not only are the cards offered at a lower price, they are well made. I also love the large size of them. We also have the Land Form box for them. I highly recommend the box.
I introduced the Land Form cards to my sons at a “Circle Time”. I laid them out onto the rug, placing the opposites near one another to give my sons the visual experience. I simply named each land form: “Island. Lake. Cape. Bay…” Then I pointed out: “Water. Land.” on each card.
Finally, I prepared real images of land forms and matched them to the appropriate land form card. We talked briefly about each land form. Then I gave my son a turn with the material.
Later in the day, as an extension, I carried out a small box of Safari Toob mini replicas with animals that live in either the land or the water. My son had a good time matching the animals and explaining why each animal belonged on which land form or body of water. He wasn't always “correct” so that gave us a great opportunity for discussion. This part made the learning more hands on, visual and interactive. Plus it got their bodies moving.
We're really enjoying our exploration into Geography. I'm excited to share more activities and lessons with you. If you want more geography, click through to these Montessori Geography posts.
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