Asia

We started some Asia geography with matching figures to cards to increase vocabulary and learn about the animals and places of interest in Asia.  I used the Around the World and the World Landmarks toobs as well as the Wild toob, birds toob (for the peacock) and Wild Republic Tube, I think it was the Africa one, I used the elephant from it.  I also purchased a panda bear (actually I already had it) a yak and a red panda (because they’re just so cute).  I changed the spots on the jaguar with paint to make it a leopard.

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Asia is my favourite continent to do since I lived in India.  However, I have never been to the Taj Mahal!  But the rest of my family have so I’m going to get some pictures from my mother along with other pictures to make a book about India.

Here is the PDF of the cards for your personal use.

Asian animals

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Felt World Map

I finally finish our Felt World Map.  I only had the Antarctic puzzle piece left to sew, the kids had been using it without it but I finally got around to it today.  It actually wasn’t as daunting a project as I thought it’d be and it turns out lovely, even if you’re not sure what you’re doing!

The pattern is from imagineourlife.com which is a wonderful blog.

http://www.imagineourlife.com/2013/07/08/montessori-continents-map-quietbook-with-3-part-cards/

This is the map part, it’s sewn onto the blue ocean.  I got the large pieces of felt from Fabricland.  It’s pretty inexpensive.  It’s not wool felt however, just regular felt made from plastic but you could do this in wool felt.  There are some sites on Etsy that sell large bolts of wool felt.

I didn’t sew down all the little islands, some I just glued with fabric glue and I glued on the inland water pieces.

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Matching the continent puzzles to the map.  Pumpkin 1 loves this activity and she learned to name them all really quickly.

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The colours match the Montessori colours for each continent so it matches the puzzle maps and globes.

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If you can’t afford the Montessori world puzzle map this would be a great, inexpensive substitute.

Australia Continent Box

I love geography.  I think I’ve already said that.  I’m working on Continent Boxes.  The first one we did was Australia because Pumpkin 1 kept talking about it and it was the easiest to put together in terms of toob figures.  These are our little objects.

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They mostly came from the Safari Ltd Down Under Toob.  The Moai came from the Around the World Toob. The Sydney Opera House I ordered off of Ebay, as well the kookaburra I got off Ebay too.

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I had an extra iguana from a Wild Republic tube.  I made a card for it but I haven’t printed it yet.  Here is the set of cards I made: Australia Cards  We keep them in a suitcase like box from the Dollar Store.

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I also included picture cards from Montessori Print Shop and these books from Amazon

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The small book is great for young children.  The big book is more for older kids but you can go through and talk about the pictures with younger children.  I also printed off a map of Australia, Oceana and New Zeland and laminated them.  Down the road I hope to add money from the area and other knick knacks as I acquire them. Other ideas of things to include are: music, recipes, movies, flags, dolls dressed in local clothing.

The Continent boxes are designed for opening discussion and dialogue with children.  It helps increase vocabulary and well as give children an understanding of the great world around them. Your box can grow over time.  If you have friends travelling, perhaps they can bring back little souvenirs for your box.  But if not, there is a lot of things available on ebay or you can stick with photos and books.

If you’re looking for ideas for gifts these holidays the Safari Ltd Toobs are great.  The more you have the better for making Continent boxes and they can also be used for Sound Boxes and biomes.  Schleich animals are also great and I’ll be using them for some of my other Continent boxes.

Land, Air and Water

We’ve been doing a unit on Land, Air and Water.  I incorporated many different materials and the kids loved it.

I showed them the Sandpaper globe and talked about how the earth is made up of land and water.  Children love feeling the roughness of the Sandpaper globe.  Then I got a few Land form trays out and filled them with coloured water.  We talked about land versus water and traced the shoreline with our fingers.  Then the kids played with some small boats and cars.

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I downloaded these Land, Air, Water sorting cards from Montessori Print Shop.  In a group we’d sort them under the headings.  The 2 year olds had a little trouble with things that go on the land.  The 3 year olds had no problem at all.

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And you can’t leave out the sensory play.  I purchased something I’ve had my eye on for a long long time – Kinetic Sand.  This stuff is awesome.  You can see a video of it here.  I put in some cars and trees and animals.

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Another day we played with water and ocean animals and vehicles that go in the water.  One child was playing in the water up to her arm pits lol.

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This can later be incorporated into learning about land forms or about how plants grow.