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We just start our country study in geography lessons. I was very confused how to start it as it was overwhelmed. I have got so many ideas around the blogs, sites, and books. Some of them use songs, text, games, etc. I tried to use them, but it seems hey don't work for us. Finally we turned up with our own style:
The geography lesson is divided into two kinds.
The first one is Geography term copywork and drawing. We do it three times weekly which take 15 minutes for each lesson. We use copywork worksheet from Mamajenn Blog, which is very simple and meaningful for us. Thanks a lot Mamajenn. We don't have the book, but by using this printables, we try to imagine and get the picture in our mind to make sure that kids understand what is written.
- We read the geography term in each piece of paper in single lesson.
- Kids try to comprehend the meaning by drawing picture and label it.
- Then, we just look up the image by googling.
- Kids color the picture.
The lesson takes day by day and little by little. It works well. I have tried to get them memorise each before, but it didn't work. By doing copywork and drawing, kids have time to “consume” word by word.
The other geography lesson is country study. We start the lesson by doing Asia continent where we live. As we live in Indonesia, we focus our country study with South East Asia countries.
- We used IPad Apps: Geomaster Plus to get used to Asia country map. Kids really love this and surprisingly they can memorise the location of Asian country in a week by playing it half of an hour daily. They became familiar with names of Asian countries and they were really curious about them. I think this is a great bite for us.
- We focused the lesson on the South East Asia countries now. Next we review some geographical terms we learnt previously: longitude and latitude to locate each capital city of South East Asia country. We review also the compass direction.
- In each lesson, we start with drawing the map of the country we are dealing with in that day roughly using a map. Kids draw and colour the flag. We use notebooking template from Geo Scribe from Currclick
- I read the information of the country discuss from Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia. While I am reading the geographical aspect of the country, kids open their map and match the information with the legend and colour of the map.
- When it comes to other country information, kids take a note and fill in the blanks. We discuss each aspects and what make the country as it is today.
- We match and link the information with pictures and video in youtube. We also try to browse some cultural aspects in the country.
- We sometimes do some variation with this steps. I don't get deep into the country's politic and history.
Each day of the geography lesson is always started with review of the next day. At the end of the South East Asia country, we did a general review of all country in that part of the world. Kids at least know:
- Capital city of the country
- Borders of the country
- The most impressive information about the country for them.
Next we would like to use some living books of Our Little Cousins series, which I just found yesterday. They are old books, but there are some touches of cultural approach and history which are very interesting. Furthermore, they are free.