simple fun and engaging ways to teach your kindergartener geography
** All resources mentioned in this blog post are linked at the end**
Teaching geography can seem daunting, there are so many ways to approach it. After looking at a bunch of different geography curriculums and never finding exactly what I was looking for, I did what any homeschool Mom would do and pieced together my own. I wanted a curriculum that was engaging even for my four year old who is just now starting to show an interest in our school day. But also challenging enough for my six year old that she wasn’t getting bored. I decided to teach Macro to Micro; meaning learning the seven continents first and then going deeper into each continent and the countries that make them up. We may only get through the continents this semester and thats okay. With each continent we will be learning about its location, is it above or below the equator and what oceans surround it. We will also be learning about some of the native animals we might find there and what dinosaurs used to live there too!
Like I said before I wanted to keep this simple, and flexible so I created a couple free resources for you to use! My kids especially love the play dough mats! Even my busy body four year old sat for a good twenty minutes making play dough continents! Play dough for the win!
I wanted books that weren’t too fact heavy but still educational. Enter in the Lonely planet kids books! My kids LOVE these books! They give just enough information to keep things educational but add in stickers, mazes, and coloring pages to that make it engaging. We started with their “Adventures around the Globe” book which teaches the seven continents.
Next we’ll be moving on to “Adventures in famous places” which features two to three famous places from each continent. The plan is to first learn all seven continents and for the kids to be able to recognize them by their shapes, and for Finley to be able to write the names of each of the continents as well. After that we will be taking it one continent at a time to learn more about its location, native animals, and famous places.