Geography explosion. All week our house looked a little bit like someone had vomited maps everywhere. The photo above is just the school room. The kitchen table, family room and bedrooms have taken the hit as well.
I think it started with Kal-El and the coin map of the 50 states. He decided it would be a good idea to memorize the 50 states and that the most fun way to do this would be to complete the map every day and time himself with a stopwatch each time. He is recording his times in his math binder. We discovered that Idaho is missing. Me Too patiently helped me dig through a gallon of loose change trying to find another one. I am trying to find a good book about the state quarters so that the boys can look up the story behind the images on each coin on their own. In the meantime, the iPad has been very busy answering questions.
Not to be left out, Me Too (aptly named) got to work on the 50 states puzzle map. After which he reviewed the Australia, South America and North America puzzle maps. Then he memorized five new countries on the Africa puzzle map. Afterward, he put all the desert and mountain pins in the physical pin map of Australia. He decided to "finish that later" and moved on to the pin maps of North America and South America and put the countries pins in.
In the meantime, Kal-El had moved on to North America pin map. He LOVED it.
He loved it so much he decided to make his own for his room to "practice."
He did so using our Waseca biome stencils. He liked this idea so much that he decided to do EVERY continent and tape them together. He was disappointed that the scale was inconsistent from continent to continent.
Kal-El also started making labels on little pieces of paper. He wants to cover his bedroom wall in cork to make his own pinmap of the world. I offered him a corkboard that he could use with one continent at a time, but he wants the WHOLE WORLD. Since covering a whole wall in corkboard is not an option we are discussing poster putty as an alternative. Me Too, again, did not want to be left out so he made an Australia biome map.
Kal-El wants to learn more about electricity. I plan on using lessons from BFSU but haven't given the three pre-requisite lessons. The first was on "energy." This worked very well along with the lesson "Energy comes from the sun" in the Waseca "Introduction to Biomes" curriculum so we did that. The Waseca lesson leads nicely back into the traditional Montessori elementary geography album into the "The Rotation of the Earth and it's consequences" section. There are about 30 pages there that I want to cover in the next month or so. This week we covered the presentations that go along with the chart above and the charts that follow: