Although our Classical Conversations classes and curriculum will not begin until August 27, we decided to get a jump on the geography section. I want Crazy Horse to have a basic understanding of maps, globes, and continents before we officially begin with CC.
After locating the different continents on a globe and counting them, we grabbed some sidewalk chalk and took our learning outdoors! Together we blobbed the 7 continents in correct relation to each other. The boys were amazing and did very well remembering where each continent was located.
We then began in North America and took a tour of all continents...jumping to the correct continent I named aloud. We bunny hopped around the world, swam around the world, and finally they flew around the world. The movie, Planes, gave us inspiration and they pretended to be their favorite character...flying around until I said "Freeze." Once they were frozen, they told me what continent they had landed on.
There are so many ideas on how this "outdoor map" can be played again and again...each time offering a new skill.
*Have children blob the continents themselves
*Blob certain continents and children figure out which ones are not included
*Blob shapes and have children fill in the names of the continents
And of course, this will be perfect when we begin with oceans!
It's hard to beat fresh air, fun, and learning!