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Posted by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 6:22 PM
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Giving Our Children the World: Education Through Geography

by Heidi on February 24, 2010

in methods & philosophies

globe in hands

As a child, I would sit in a chair and look at my grandfather’s world globe for what seemed like hours at a time. Feeling the bumps of mountains. Reading the names of each country. Plotting a course across the ocean.

What is it like to live there? How does it feel to swim in those waters? Would the sky look the same if I lay on my back and looked up from another continent? How long would it take to get from here to there?

As soon as I had children of my own, I knew that I wanted to impart to them this same curiosity about the wide world around us. Architecture, food, folktales and stories, history, art, music, languages, and scenery–it is all fascinating to me.

I want my children to be world travelers, even when we don’t have the ability to go far from home.

There are many simple ways to incorporate geography into daily life and education.

1.  Give your children access to a globe, children’s atlas, or maps.

When a geographical location comes up in a book or a conversation, head to the globe and search for it or add a colored push-pin to the spot on a wall map.

Snuggle up on the couch and take turns pointing out countries you would like to visit.

Photo by Heidi Scovel

2.  Read books about far-away places.

We love the book Children Just Like Me by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley for learning about the daily life of children in many countries. M. Sasek wrote a fabulous series of picture books about several cities and countries–such as Ireland, Israel, Hong Kong, and Venice.

Check your library for books sharing folk tales and fairy tales from other countries. Look for titles about the art or history of various regions.

Photo by Heidi Scovel

3.  Enjoy pictures of famous cities, landmarks, or scenery.

Purchase calendars featuring beautiful photography from around the world. At the end of the year, save the calendar and use the photos for projects or bulletin boards.

4.  Listen to new music.

Putamayo has recorded a wonderful series of international music. Acquaint yourselves with sounds from Denmark, Cuba, South Africa, or Germany.

5. Play geography games.

Do you have a family game night? Add Where in the World? or Ten Days in Europe to your game repertoire. Or put together a geography puzzle.

6.  Taste new foods.

Planning your dinner menu? Let your kids browse through a colorful children’s cookbook with international recipes. My boys are more receptive to new foods if they have a part in choosing or cooking a meal.

Grocery shopping? Head to the exotic produce section and grab one new fruit to sample.

Going to a restaurant for dinner? Change up your usual routine and seek out new flavors. Are Chinese, Mexican, and Italian already on your menu? Try Hungarian, French, or Mongolian.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Photo by Heidi Scovel


Do you and your children enjoy learning about other countries and cultures? What are some ways you have nurtured that curiosity within your homeschool or family life?

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Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Jul. 19, 2012 at 6:26 PM
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I love geography. The kids enjoy it. I'm so excited for the olympics to have them look up different countries and maybe cook food from some of them.

If we hear of a place that's unfamiliar, we look it up on the map and globe and sometimes online.
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Jul. 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

 

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

I love geography. The kids enjoy it. I'm so excited for the olympics to have them look up different countries and maybe cook food from some of them.

If we hear of a place that's unfamiliar, we look it up on the map and globe and sometimes online.

 My favorite part is the foods. Getting to try so many different foods can be so much fun.   : )

usmom3
by BJ on Jul. 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

 Yes we do! We are always looking up information about other places & the people that live there.

oredeb
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

 this is my favortite type unit study to do, these last the longest, a few years ago we did a geography unit study that lasted 2 years! lots of fun!

irvinehiker
by Andrea on Jul. 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

 We LOVE looking at the globe.  We talk about different architecture, food, customs, etc...  We have done unit studies on Australia, Denmark, Greenland, and lots more if I thought hard enough.  This past spring we worked on Madagascar.  One of my favorite things to do is find children's authors from a specific country and read their books with the kids. 

ablessedlife
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM
We go to a huge inner city church that represents almost every nation. Our city also celebrates multiculturalism each year with a 2-week long event in which we can visit pavilions and be entertained with food and music/dance from a specific country.
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jul. 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

 We do this a lot.  The boys just love peanut butter soup which I never thought would be a hit, but we talked all about Africa and some of the different countries around the Sahara.  We found a recipe on the internet and they just had to try it.  Now it's just part of what we eat.  And every time we have it they want to look at African Folklore. 

We did similar around St. Patrick's day.  I made my grandmother's stew and served it in a bread bowl.  Then we talked about my gramma which led to a look for the Blarney stone.  And searching for McConeghey's online and we found out that they weren't full blooded Irish but a group of Scotch-Irish.  Very fascinating although Gramma would have been apalled!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Jul. 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

 

Quoting usmom3:

 Yes we do! We are always looking up information about other places & the people that live there.

 I have found that doing this one activity alone has many teaching/learning capabilities in and of itself.   : )

usmom3
by BJ on Jul. 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

 

Quoting kirbymom:

 

Quoting usmom3:

 Yes we do! We are always looking up information about other places & the people that live there.

 I have found that doing this one activity alone has many teaching/learning capabilities in and of itself.   : )

 Research is our life, no matter what we are doing we are always researching it first.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Jul. 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

 For 2 years?!?  That's awesome. What did you do your subject on, if I may ask?

Quoting oredeb:

 this is my favortite type unit study to do, these last the longest, a few years ago we did a geography unit study that lasted 2 years! lots of fun!

 

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