Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Geography: Countries and their Flags
Here are my two little geographers, hard at work. Lately it seems that when these boys aren't doing science, math, or a word study they are doing geography. They have both been working hard with the puzzle maps. Me Too mastered the Australia map and has moved on to the South America map. Kal-El has his fingers in almost all the maps at once. He has mastered Australia and North America. He knows about 90% of the Asia map, 80% of South America and Europe, and 70% of the United States.
This week they are interested in flags again. In the past Kal-El, in particular, had learned a good number of the flags available on our beginner's flag board. This time he is serious about mastering the whole thing. The boys spent a lot of their free time on the weekend working with maps and flags. Kal-El has been dragging the flag map upstairs and into my bed at seven every morning. He says, "Don't wake up mom. I'm just going to sit up here next to you and work on my flags." He has also been bringing the flag board to meals. The "F" volume of our encyclopedia is getting a lot of use as well.
As is typical of Me Too, he is interested in what Kal-El is interested in but wants "his own project." He asked me to print him blackline masters of Asian flags again. I get these from Enchanted Learning. This year I printed all of the flags for him, not just the ones represented on our beginner's pin map.
My mom sews a patch onto their explorer vests whenever they master all of the countries of a particular continent. They are super excited to each be receiving some new patches. Kal-El is getting pretty close to a whole bunch of them. Also, Kal-El is super-motivated right now because he knows that when he has mastered all of the puzzle maps he will graduate to Montessori elementary pin maps that will have the flags for ALL of the countries, not just a select few.