A dear reader, Pam, sent me this question… Q: Hi Tricia. I was wondering how you were scheduling A Child’s Geography (ACG)? We are using Ann’s book this year as well. We are only on Ch. 2 and that’s fine but I am hoping to get the chapter read one day and do an activity the next or day after.—Pam A: Hi Pam, I like
The last few weeks we’ve been heavily hands on in geography. What we found out is that when you actually make a model of something you have to pay attention to its qualities. The details. The boundaries and borders. These hands on geography activities also help the child see the big picture. To think of the Creator. Sometimes, a geography project helps children to fix
Hands on geography is a super fun way to learn. Earlier in the school year we created an imaginary land, each child contributing to the map as we reviewed mountain ranges, peninsulas, tributaries and more. As we got further into our Renaissance studies, one of our geography assignments was to make a salt dough map of Italy. The children had a great time forming the
The iPad has become a teaching tool. Educational apps abound, with an amazing variety of subjects available. In the geography category, we have Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson. Stack the States is both fun and educational; a game that uses some of the best mobile features – interaction and manipulation. While learning about the 50 states by answering questions about them, this app requires critical thinking
We made a salt dough map as part of our Tapestry of Grace arts and activities assignment. We made it on a Friday after lunch, mixing up the flour, salt and water recipe. I opened up a SunButter box and covered it with tin foil. The children each scooped out a portion of the salt dough mixture and each chose a few terms from the
From last year’s school planning archives because these basics still work well with rising 8th, 7th, 4th, K and soon-he’ll-be-a-four-year-old… I love chalkboards. I love chalkboards. I love chalkboards. And even though right after our school year ended, we went through a rather reluctant classroom revamp, the classroom still needed attention. Before getting any further into the nitty gritty of preparing Tapestry of Grace, setting
Often times, an atmosphere of learning is simply giving permission. Yes, you can chase after that answer. The tools you need are right on that shelf or maybe a computer search away. Sure, hop up in that moving van! With an atmosphere of learning, there is a natural “yes” built into our day. Let me share an example from this past week. From Sunday to
My mother and father have retired. They decided that they would spend retirement in Utah, where dad can spend time outdoors camping and fishing. My two brothers & I recently drove them across the country from Georgia to Utah. Driving their two cars and a 26′ moving van across country was an adventure.