What’s the Best Way to Learn Early Geography Skills? Hands-On

How to make geography lessons stick - Educents blog


My kids love learning geography and over the years I have learned that hands on manipulative based products are the most effective. That is why when I saw this super cool map I knew it would connect with my son.

How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It’s so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map! Here are a few geography activities to try:

  1. Playing “Name That State” with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.
  2. Need a little direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They’ll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state– but be sure to watch out for the oceans!
  3. Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!
  4. Keep track of where you’ve been (or where you’re going). I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.

What a cool tool for your geography lessons! Don’t miss out on this time-saving geography tool, so be sure to check out the discounted Peel, Play & Learn sets on the Educents site. Mona Melissa Peel & Play Geography Set

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I love how resources like this map allow a child to get a clearer picture of where places are. What are some of the ways you teach geography? How about researching recipes and giving them a try? We would love to hear from you. After you have shared your great insight click the link below and sign up for our newsletter so you never miss a great tip or offer.


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Robin Liner is a wife, and veteran homeschool mom with over twenty years experience. She has written two picture books and actively blogs about homeschooling with an emphasis on teaching dyslexic children at crazygoodreaders.wordpress.com. and athomewithdyslexia.com Feel free to contact her at robin@crazygoodreaders.com

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  1. Jakyrick

    I found out that this blog made the top 10 Dyslexic blogs on blogs.com. The funny thing is that they changed the tag line from the way I spell it ponit to point . oh the irony!


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