We are starting with South America. Even though they have a lot of experience with most of the other boxes the boys have actually not worked with a South America box before. They actually haven't worked with a North America box either (although they are getting some quality first-hand experiences with that continent). I never actually MADE the South America box until last week. That might have something to do with it.
You see, when I originally put together my continent boxes I got a big boost because I was involved in a swap originating over at A Bit of This and a Bit of That. It was fantastic. That is, except for the part where our South America partner took everyone's contributions and dropped off the face of the Earth without sending anything. It can be a lot of work to put these together and after assembling seven Africa boxes I just didn't have another one in me.
I'm back in the saddle again and finally put together the South America box last week. I took pictures so that I can show you almost everything that can be in the box at one time or another. These things are NOT all in the box at the same time. I switch these out whenever the boys need something to refresh their interest.
All of my continent boxes are in colored photo boxes that match the content's color on the Montessori globe. I pin punched the continent in sandpaper for the tops.
Each of my continent boxes has a book from a series on the continents.
They also each have a cd of music from the continent. I found music for these at one of the Montessori Yahoo groups. However, I can't remember which one and can't find them now. Figures. You can also download nice music for each continent on Amazon or Itunes.
Another thing that is common to every box is a paper doll that can be dressed in clothing from that continent. I have a set of paper dolls from this continent that I found on Amazon. Unfortunately they aren't going into our box right away because they are mislaid from the move. I remember where they were in our OLD house and all of the items that were grouped together with them are also missing. I'm sure they will turn up. In the meantime, I'll include the Amazon image with the link .
I have collected brass figurines of many international landmarks. For South America we have O Cristo Redentor. I think I might also have a Mayan pyramid but couldn't put my hands on it today.
Landmarks cards (from Target).
Flags for our flags map.
Cards picturing South American landscapes (Target again).
Three-part cards picturing South American foods from the Montessori Print Shop.
5 X 7 images of South American landscapes, people, and places from the Montessori Print Shop.
The materials that follow were all made from files shared generously on the Yahoo group Montessori by Hand.
We have four different strip puzzles:
I think these are VERY neat. The very generous contributor on Montessori by Hand made matching cards that require the use of a magnifying glass to view a very small image of a South American animal and match it to a larger image.
She also made three-part cards for a piranha and a parrot. These could be nice way to freshen your "parts-of" works in biology and tie the two curriculum areas together. She also made three-part cards of artworks depicting South American scenes by Henri Rousseau.
It is a lot of work to put a continent box together. All-in-all I am happy with what I was able to pull together. What I am missing are more tangible souvenir-like objects for the box. I have a ton of great objects from Central America that would fit nicely, but Central America is going to get its own box in our house (more on that at a later date).
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