Geography has not been much of a point of focus in this house. But after facing a trivia question from our chore board of 'what is the capital of Canada?' and getting answers like France and Ottawobanewy, I jumped at a felt map of the world I wandered into while shopping. We have a globe that the kids occasionally look at and can identify our location on, but I wanted to find something that captured their interest and imagination. This felt map certainly did it!
Looking a bit more like a homeschooling household than usual, I hung our new map on our kitchen wall today. The kids positively had a blast labeling all the continents, the countries, major rivers, oceans and placing animals that belong in differing regions. It's a simple map, only labeling around 20 of the 196 countries of the world. But it's simplicity is what makes it a wonderful place to start. I felt like such a traditional homeschooler as the kids sat around the table eating while I talked about the differences between continents and countries and various other globe and map related knowledge.
The kids continued to have fun with it the rest of the day. Summer kept taking everything down and putting them all back in their rightful places. Later while Aidan was at karate and I cleaned dishes, she had us play a variety of games (many silly) with them.
The map doesn't show France, but at least the kids now know what continent it's on. And if you ask either of them, they will tell you in confidence that the capital of Canada, in fact, is not Ottawobenewy.