Over this summer I am homeschooling not only my three year old daughter, but also my step-son. This is a 5 day long project that could be extended to 8 or 9. I had to constrain it due to my filled Summer Schedule. First off I stole..hmmmmph I mean borrowed this amazing template and idea for free from here.
Day One: My Home
- Student will locate places using the four cardinal directions;
- Student will describe the location of self and objects relative to other locations in the classroom and school.
After circle time I had the kids sit around to discuss the concept of Maps. I had purchased a three dollar felt map of the United States from Target, and hung it up on the bulletin board front and center to the room. I then printed out images of their favorite characters and people:
- Daniel Tiger
- Captain America
- Lightening McQueen
- Mickey Mouse
- A horse (to symbolize their Gigi).
To start I asked the kids what they knew about maps. I received answers about treasures from my daughter, and far more factual information from B. We discussed the compass rose, and other various terms of the map. I then presented a list of vocabulary words that we would continuously review for the week:
Using a light saber I had the kids point to the town they thought each character was from. So at the end the map was covered from coast to coast with the characters, giving them a better idea of distance and placing. B was able to see and able to compare Colorado, Texas, and Alabama and their unique proximity to each landmark. B also went on to tell me what was N,E,S, and W of us.
Finally, I had the kids sit down and just draw our home in the first circle.
It was a fun introduction to a week of great concepts!