How to Print Maps at Home for Free

Whether my children and I are reading about science, history, or literature, I often find myself wanting a blank map they can color, label, or in some way, interact with. Maps on the wall are great for browsing and pointing out locations, but sometimes I want something different. Blank maps are great tools for younger children to color. They may not know all the country names, but it’s sure gets them familiar with the country Continue Reading →

Listening Pages for Music of the Americas Playlist

I love exploring the different musical traditions, costumes, and dances around the world. It’s amazing that despite the diversity, all music serves the same purpose of bringing people together. Now, just as each culture is unique, it is natural that each culture brings people together in a unique way. As a result, we have an incredibly wide variety of melodies, scales and rhythms, and instruments. So, as I prepare to introduce my children to the Continue Reading →

Six Beautiful World Geography Picture Books

Read Alouds that Create Global Citizens Through Amazing Illustrations When I look for good picture books, the illustrations are just as important as the prose. Over the years, I have come across a handful of truly beautiful geography books that have also kept the attention of my littles by exuding the fun and diversity of our great big world. These powerfully illustrated books will surely spark the curiosity of your children as well. All books Continue Reading →

8 No-Fuss, No-Prep Geography Activities

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. My children are young (pre-K through 2nd grade), so teaching them the basics of geography is tough. At this young age, my daily homeschool focus is reading, writing, and arithmetic and there isn’t extra time for fussy geography lessons. However, both my kids and I really enjoy our geography time so I realize that if I want to fit a little geography into the week, it must be simple Continue Reading →

Today’s Geography Joke

To brighten your day and spread geography joy, I post geography-inspired jokes now and then. Keep reading below for geographic tidbits related to today’s joke. Enjoy:) Q: Why don’t you see penguins in Great Britain? A: Because they’re afraid of Wales. Great Britain is an island that contains three semi-autonomous regions: England, Scotland, and Wales. Together, with Northern Ireland, these regions/countries make up the United Kingdom. Wales is a region/country on the island of Great Continue Reading →

Online Geography Games Wednesday

There are so many online geography games. And I love them all!! Well, some more than others. On Wednesdays, I share the best games I’ve found that week. To get these posts directly to your inbox, be sure to subscribe. This week, I’m sharing a clicking map game from Sporcle.com. To play, race against the clock to click specific states on a map. But, not so fast! There’s no state outlines on the map. Yikes! Continue Reading →

Choosing a Globe

Choosing a globe seems like a simple task until you realize there are hundreds of options that range from $10 to $1000. Last year, I realized my globe proudly showcased the former Soviet Union. Every use came with a review of modern history. I needed a change. Now, I’m proud to say that I’ve entered the 21st century and my globe not only has Russia, but also South Sudan and Timor Leste. In this series, Continue Reading →

Choosing a Wall Map

In my last post, I explained how I came to rely on three simple tools to teach geography to my young children. Now, I will explain the first tool – wall world maps. In my next posts, I will explain the other tools (globe and geography songs) and lastly, how I use them. I use three simple tools to teach geography: World map Globe Geography Songs for Everyone CD (watch videos free here or buy Continue Reading →

No-Fuss, No-Prep Geography

If you find yourself worrying about how to teach your students about geography, keep it simple. To teach my young children to memorize the countries of the world, I use three simple tools. Wall map (See my post about choosing a wall map) Globe (See my post about selecting the right globe for your family) Geography Songs for Everyone (watch free here or buy MP3s here). Of course, I add a little extra here and Continue Reading →