Friday, August 19, 2011

Montessori Mapwork, Now Poster-Sized!

How do you make a good thing better?

Supersize it!

The girls enjoy doing Montessori mapwork projects regularly, but in order to get a little more context into the activity, I upgraded the size of our canvas:

Each kid still colors a map of her chosen area, but then I give her a poster-sized sheet of Strathmore drawing paper and a glue stick, and she gets to glue her map onto the poster, and then add on other images around it to provide context. Some of the images, like the Ancient Egypt labels that Willow's placing onto her mapwork of Egypt, are from printables that I've collected online here and there (remind me someday to show you my organized library of homeschool printables, stored on my external hard drive), other images are from my stash of cutter texts--old National Geographics, out-dated travel guidebooks, etc.--and some images the kiddo draws for herself, such as the Great Pyramid of Khufu that Will is putting onto her poster, sand brick by painstaking sand brick:

I also show the girls where their chosen area is on our globe, and I do expect them to remember it (Will more so than Sydney, obviously), and when the girls have finished their posters, we always hang them up in a prominent position in the living room for a while:

Will actually references her Egypt poster occasionally, since Ancient Egypt is one of her current areas of interest and so she's always playing some online game or other (always gotten to from my Little Pumpkinbear Links) in which she needs to know the sons of Horus or what was contained in which coptic jar or whatever. Even Syd, who can't yet pick out any of her locations on the globe independently, can tell you all kinds of things about which animals live in Africa, and Indiana, and South America.

So there you go.


Tina said...

Thanks for providing such great info and awesome links!

julie said...

I don't think I've linked to that Teacher's Pet site before, but I LOVE it--it's got a lot of thematic decorative stuff, for kids who get really immersed in their chosen area of interest.