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GEOGRAPHY ๐ŸŒŽ Julia 6 years

United States Atlas book, Montessori USA Wooden Puzzle Map and Tracing States

Today, we are reading National Geographic Kids United States Atlas, doing a USA wooden puzzle, and tracing over the U.S. states (something Julia has been doing in her Montessori school).


We really enjoyed reading the United States Atlas book, as it gives a nice overview of each region and the comprising states. The content is ideal for a six year old (not too complicated while not too simple), while Adrian enjoyed big and colorful pictures that accompany each state's overview. 


Julia completes this USA puzzle pretty fast now. (To me, it still looks overwhelming, especially all the little Eastern states ๐Ÿ™‚ Since Julia has been working with a similar puzzle at her school, practice developed her confidence and skill.


Using a thick Sharpie marker, Julia traced over the states' boarder-lines from United States Placemat on a superimposed piece of transparent paper (baking paper). She taped the edges of the baking paper to her work surface to prevent her drawing from sliding or shifting.


Julia then traced the states' borders over to a regular piece of paper, while taping the baking sheet to a window, to better see the borders.

DSC_0008.JPGNow, the coloring begins  – Julia's favorite part:)

 Julia matched the colors of the states to those on the USA wooden puzzle

This activity is also a great addition to any Independence Day study unit as you can discuss the United States flag, the 50 stars and what each star represents.

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  • Reply Candi November 20, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I was wondering where you purchased your United States map, atlas and globe. Both of my children have attended the Montessori schools and my daughter is now transitioning into a private school. I would like to keep up with some of the things she learned in kindergarten and she had more than 50% of the states memorized by graduation from kindergarten. I would love to find the map, atlas and globe that you have pictured here on your website. Thank you.

  • Reply Anya November 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Thank you for your comment, and I apologize the links are not as obvious. Can you see the light purple links? When ever the word is highlighted a different color (purple), it means the link is attached to it to it, directing you to where you can purchase the materials we use. I buy everything from Amazon – they have a great customer service and a variety of materials. Please, let me know if links worked, Thanks, Anya:)

  • Reply Candi November 20, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thank you so much. I refreshed the page and I was able to get to the Amazon website. I am so excited to purchase these for my kids for Christmas.

  • Reply Anya November 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Candi, I am so glad the links worked. Please let me know if you have any other questions๐Ÿ˜Š Anya
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