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Material

Folders for the Seven continents, designated by color-coded continent outlines as on the Puzzle Map of the World.

In each folder are ten or more pictures from that continent, mounted on white card stock. Pictures show people, houses, transportation, foods, environment, animals, etc.

Pictures represent the varieties of everyday life on the continent.
On the back of each picture is a caption for the child to read.
A colored dot on each caption designates the continent for that picture.

A folder for the child’s own country, following the same guidelines.
The name of the state is noted instead of the colored dot.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to lay out a rug and to place the “map of the world” puzzle on the rug.
  2. Explain to the child that you have pictures of different places of the world, and invite the child to choose a continent to start with.
  3. Show the child the geography folders. Demonstrate how to carefully go through the folders until you find the folder that matches the continent. Point out the shape and color coordination of the folder to the continent.
  4. Show the child how to lift and hold the folder upwards, so as not to spill the photographs. Invite the child to carry the folder to the rug.
  5. Carefully remove the photos, one at a time.
  6. With the photos on the rug, let the child explore them, finding what is interesting to him. Converse with the child and discuss what engages the child by reading the caption and thinking about what is in the picture.
  7. After the child has stopped showing interest in the pictures, carefully put the pictures one by one back into the folder. Invite the child to help you. Invite the child to place the folder back into its spot with the other folders.
  8. Repeat this process for the other continents and geographical regions over the following days.

Exercises

Same as presentation.

Language

None.

Control of Error

None.

Direct Purpose

Familiarity with the different ways of life in other countries.

Age

3 1/2 to 6.

Notes

When choosing photos for the folders, be conscious of what the photos express, i.e. no violence or anything too emotional or frightening. Age appropriateness is key.

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