Homeschool Geography Maps and Map Markers
“Geography should be learned chiefly from maps. Pictorial readings and talks introduce him to the subject, but as soon as his geography lessons become definite they are to be learned, in the first place, from the map.” Charlotte Mason
Maps are often one of the first things that come to mind when studying geography. And maps are a good place to start as a way to orientate children to places that you learn about.
Here are a few ways we incorporate maps into our geography lessons.
We Look At Maps
We use maps in our home to teach geography.
Types Of Maps to Get
- A large wall map of the world and
- A large wall map of your country. Here is a place to print off your own maps.
- Bible Maps for learning about our Bible history.
- Map puzzles
- A World Globe
- An Atlas – look at second hand stores for a bargain. Or try this National Geographic world Atlas for Kids.
We Make Map Markers
I first discovered map markers when we were doing Five In A Row – they called them story disks. After we read a story we would place the map marker on the country we had read about. It was an excellent way to learn our geography. We used the map markers for our science zoology study. We would place animal pictures on our world map after we had studied them.
We also used map markers for our Australian Book Traveller. For this we used picture book images, state flags and emblems.
It’s easy to make your own map markers out of cardboard. We make a small circular disk about 5cm (2 inches) in diameter and have your child draw a relevant image on the marker. We then stick the marker on to the map with some Blue Tac.
Here is a template map marker for you to download.
We Draw Maps
We drew the Garden of Eden when we were doing our Bible history studies and we also spent some time drawing maps of Israel.
Black Line Masters
An exercise that can also help children learn about countries is to print of black-line masters of different countries and have them fill in the major cities and topography. When I want a black line master map I simple use Google images and search black line master of the country I’m looking for.
Our World Map Journal includes continent map outlines.
Pleasant Talk of Places includes questions and individual questions about continents.
Another resource for looking at the worlds topography is Google Earth – so much to explore there. You can look at topography of countries in some cases you can get so specific you can even find your own home.
Hopscotch 5 Days Sharing On Homeschool Topics
This is the first of my five day series Around the World in 5 Days – homeschool geography. Check out the schedule and follow along.
- Monday – Maps and Map Markers
- Tuesday – Good Story telling Geography DVDs
- Wednesday – Living Books Geography – failures and recommendations
- Thursday – Panoramic Geography Method – Pulling together your geography curriculum Charlotte mason style
- Friday – Geography Resources you might like.
Visit the ihomeschool Hopscotch page for a list of more interesting topics by homeschool blogging mums,