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Learning About The World - Globe

Hills Montessori
Monday, June 15, 2015

In the classroom it is very hands-on and children need to touch the ‘concrete materials’ before they understand many concepts in our world. One of the initial presentations in the cultural area of the classroom is the sandpaper globe. The purpose of this is to introduce the idea that the world is made of large land masses and stretches of water. So the child can feel the land which is made from sandpaper (the rough) and then feel the water (the smooth). 

 
We can then explore large and small pieces of land and ocean. We then show the child the coloured globe which is to introduce the idea that the world is made of large land masses that are divided into different areas/continents. After this we can begin showing the child puzzle maps of the world and link it to the coloured globe. 


We always begin with the world and then the child’s own continent. 



If you or your family has been away on holidays please let us know so that we can show the children the places they have or going to travel. Sometimes we will trace the country you are visiting and map out how you will travel from Australia to that particular place. 

Just recently Dale and I received a couple of postcards from Canberra from a child in the afternoon class and when I read it out to the class it was very exciting. So please if you do go away, don’t forget to send the class a postcard.