Since we did our Montessori Continent Box Swap, Geography became part of our daily lives. Every musician that we study, every animal we encounter, every artist we find, every scientific experiment that we do, we tie up to some geographical location and “wonder around” a bit.
- Materials Useful for learning Geography
- Unit 1 – Introduction to Geography
- Unit 2 – Arctic/Antarctic regions
Unit 2: Arctic/Antarctic regions
What are we learning: at this point Geography kind of became the subject that we talk about all the time – whichever topic we choose, we pick up the corresponding continent and talk about it in some way. We spent months talking about Europe. On National Holidays we’ll pick up the map of North America and briefly talk about it. Learning about Ancient Egypt, we dived into our “African” continent box and enjoyed it quite a bit. This time my son asked to spend a whole week on Antarctic and Arctic regions. So it is not exactly a unit two for us; I just finally had a chance to make a record. These are the materials we covered this week. Also see Continent box for Arctic/Antarctic that we used extensively this week.
- Antarctica (Rookie Read-About Geography) by Allan Fowler
beautiful book, excellent text, lots to learn, easy to read. One of two on this list, that we actually purchased and we are very happy with it. Others we returned to the library.
- The Top and Bottom of the World (Rookie Read-About Geography) by Allan Fowler
Same here: we have both and they are both excellent. Couldn’t recommend them more. That’s the second book on this list that we chose to purchase and finally place in our Arctic/Antarctic box.
- Igloo: The Inside Story (Bookworms Inside Story) – by Dana Meachen Rau
Out of all the books that we picked up from the library, my son chose to read this one by himself – totally worth it. This book has step-by-step illustrations (and simple, easy to read and understand) text on how to build an igloo. The snow is melted, so no igloo building for us… but reading about it was very interesting. We both enjoyed it.
- Polar Regions (Earth’s Final Frontiers) by Jim Kerr
this one my son couldn’t read by himself yet, but that’s the book he picked for me to read to him. I was partially reading, partially just describing what’s going on. The illustrations are generally quite good, though one of them was a little too much for me – the picture of frozen fingers could easily be skipped. I would prefer to see another dog sled. Otherwise, we both liked this book. I guess older kid would like it even more.
- Art of the Far North: Inuit Sculpture, Drawing, and Printmaking by Carol Finley
This one is worth to flip through: it has some art objects, some pictures of indigenous people leaving in that areas – it is easier to see how it is connected. Interesting.
- Arctic by Mlissa Cole, photographs by Tom and Pat Leeson
Illustrations are pretty good, my son liked flipping through it, but we didn’t have enough time to read it to give a better assessment. I really liked the “food chain” illustration.
- North Pole, South Pole (A Holiday House Reader, Level 2) by Nancy Smiler Levinson and Diane Dawson Hearn
Rookie read books have better text, better illustrations, better wording, shorter text, but less ambiguities. I would recommend Rookie Read books over this one. I also like that Rookie read books have photographs as illustrations, and this one has hand-drawn pictures.
- “The Magic School Bus in the Arctic”
perfect, educational, fun
- Robots in Antarctic – magic letter from gnome about adventures of robots in Antarctic; includes Anti-coloring activity pages, such as “draw how robots are saving the ship”.
f. Hands On Experiments:
- We did My First Penguin Activity Kit
- We did some experiments by freezing/melting ice
- We explored our Continent box for Arctic/Antarctic, did some activities included there, such as Life cycle of Emperor Penguin, Instant Snow, sorting crystals,
European Travelers Game-Cards – we traced Amundsen’s explorations on the map, discussed his hardships and achievements.