I feel like we don't focus enough on geography in our country. So many kids don't know where half of the places in the world are or even the continent they might be on. I guess in America when we call the "World Series" a baseball game among various States - it sort of says it all about our USA centered mentality. I want to change that perception for my children and have them see themselves as a part of a larger picture of God's created world and order.
The supplies you need are: Engineering copy of the Cycle 2 maps in the back of the Foundations Guide 4th Edition, cork board (found mine at Walmart for $9), T-pins (can get those at any office supply store), print out of the locations/maps, scissors, laminator, mini rubber bands (like for hair), hot glue gun and index card box or pencil supply box.
|After cutting the Pin Map document I next laminated them all.|
|After that, they were ready to be cut up so I could glue them to their T-pins.|
|Then I took my glue gun and hot glued each laminated label to a T-pin.|
|Once they were glued then I began to order them according to the geography memory work.|
|As I gathered the weeks I would rubber band them together by week so they'd be easy to locate as each week came.|
|Then I put my Cycle 2 Maps on the cork boards and hung them on my wall.|
We get especially silly when we do ours. We have a "customs" table that my daughter has to present her passport to for inspection. Depending on the country I will talk with an appropriate accent and if it's a Communist country for example, I might be "suspicious" of her passport and ask her the intention of her "visit" in my country. We have fun role playing and it really makes it memorable for her. It's a fun part of our week together in school.
In all, I'd say it will take you about 2 hours to do all 24 weeks of pins so they are ready to be pinned each week. If you just do 12 weeks at a time then it would be less. I did them all at once just to have them done and enjoy the school year with them!
Here are our completed Cycle 1 Maps from last year that we pinned!
If you'd like to do the Pin Maps but don't want to purchase the Teaching Plan - I'm now offering them for a separate purchase! I think it's a great way to add fun to your Geography!
I see your maps are laminated, but what do you have them pinned to? Is it a covered Foam Board?ReplyDelete
Yes, they are coark boards. I found mine at Walmart framed for $9 last year. I have also seen them at Ollie's. Blessings - ColleenDelete
Cork Boards! :) Just noticed that. I'm in prepare for school brain is fried mode. :)ReplyDelete
Hi Margie - I did laminate my maps last year -but I decided not to for this year. Either way works fine. It is more durable to laminate it but it also increases the cost significantly and I didn't notice a huge advantage -given they're not even $3 to make an engineering copy size map at Staples - it's more cost effective to just have another map made if you need to next time through the Cycle to pin them again. Hope that helps! Blessings - ColleenReplyDelete
Where did you get the maps from? Is that what your selling? Thanks!ReplyDelete
HI Lisa - yes - what you would be purchasing is all the locations for Cycle 2 Geography (which are color coded - blue for oceans, brown for deserts, grey for mountains and flags for any countries). Hope that helps clarify. Thank you for the question. Blessings - ColleenDelete
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Sorry, I wanted to know where you got the actual maps from. I know they are in the back of our book but how did you make them so big. I love this idea and definitely want to buy your flag package, I just want to map that goes along with them. This is our first year doing CC and we are just doing it at home so I am really enjoying your blog.ReplyDelete
HI Lisa - The copies are engineering size copies from Staples or any copy supply store should be able to do it. They are about $3. You use the map in the back of your Foundation's Guide to have them make a copy from. I wish you the best in your school year - I hope it's blessed! Enjoy pinning your maps and "traveling"! Blessings - ColleenDelete
Great idea! We use Veritas Press for history and they have a map that we tag each week, marking the location of what we are learning. I agree that it adds a great dimension to history studies! Thanks for sharing what you do!ReplyDelete
Brilliant idea to put the map on a cork board! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Couldn't we just use a scrapbooking glue dot on the back of the flags?ReplyDelete
We love maps too! So many wonderful ways to use them. Thanks for linking up to Discover & Explore this week - we'll be featuring your post!ReplyDelete