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Adrian 2 years and a half GEOGRAPHY ๐ŸŒŽ Puzzles

World Continent Puzzle ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Mapใƒป ๐ŸŽคLearning ๐ŸŒŽContinents with a ๐ŸŽถSongใƒปGeography Activities 101 ๐Ÿ“ฝSeries ๐ŸŽ‡

In a Montessori 3-6-year-old environment, children through sensory experience and stories, learn about the physical world around them. They can touch a sphere and compare its shape to the globe or a ball they are used to play with. They build landforms using play dough and fill water forms with water. Montessori puzzle ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ maps are a fun and interactive way to introduce geography as children are developing their spacial skills as well as fine-motor. Geography puzzles are meant to be taken apart and put back together again and again as children develop an understanding of continents, oceans, and their respective positioning. Montessori Geography hands-on activities build child's long-term memory by physically engaging and stimulating the hand. 

In an early Montessori Geography curriculum, a child first learns about his place on Earth through exploring a globe: beginning with the Sandpaper globe (buy here), followed by the Colored ๐ŸŒˆ Continent ๐ŸŒŽGlobe (buy here). Once the child is comfortable with the concept of Earth as a sphere, you will move on to introduce the Earth more abstractly ~ flat, as represented on the Map.

DSC_0001Montessori World Puzzle Map (buy here) requires a precise pincer-grip, and fitting the puzzle-pieces back into the puzzle board requires exactness and meticulousness due to its irregular shape. So, a child will first learn the continents and their positioning on the Globe, and only then you will introduce the World Puzzle Map. Below, Adrian at 33 months is ๐ŸŽค singing his favorite Montessori Continent Song, but this time matching the puzzle pieces while using a flat puzzle map. 

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๐ŸŽค โ€œNorth America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa. Donโ€™t forget Australia and please don't forget Antarctica.โ€ 

Adrian first sang this same song at 29 months, using the Colored ๐ŸŒˆ Continent ๐ŸŒŽGlobe (see ๐Ÿ“ฝ a video of him singing it here).


I also traced the continent puzzle pieces on a white cardstock paper, wrote continents' name under each shape, and laminated for durability. 

DSC_0809Adrian would match each continent puzzle piece to its traced shadow on the paper, and I would read continent's name to him. 

DSC_0805Adrian is tracing the words as I read the name of the continent to him. 

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You may also present a 3๏ธโƒฃ๐ŸŒ Three-Period Lesson. 1๏ธโƒฃPeriod, you will show your child how to match each continent puzzle piece to its shadow, while reading its name. 2๏ธโƒฃPeriod, ask a child "Will you show me โค๏ธEurope, for example, and match it to its shadow?" Finally, as a 3๏ธโƒฃPeriod, ask a child: "What continent is this?" A child ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ has completed the 3 ๐ŸŒ Period Lesson if s/he can tell you the name of the continent. 

A fun game to further facilitate the continent name recognition is to hide any one continent behind your back and ask a child which continent is missing? Julia and Adrian love taking turns hiding the continents and shouting which one is missing.

For more on the transition from a sphere to a flat map, read a post here World Continent Puzzle ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Map -Making the Earth Flat – Why 2 Antarcticas? post.

You can see a video of  ๐ŸŽคan Ocean Song here in "Learning ๐ŸŒŠ Oceans with a ๐ŸŽถ Song" post, where Julia made up a song to help her brother memorize the names and positioning of the oceans. 

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