Having lived in California my whole life and not having traveled much, I am TERRIBLE at geography. Also, I don’t know if it was just my school district or if this was common, but I have never in my life had to take a geography class. (To be fair to my peers, I knew less geography than basically everyone growing up. My knowledge was so comically limited that one of my very good high school friends once modified a map of the U.S. which she called “States of Confusion” as a gift for me. She’d relabeled the states with names such as Cuba or the State of Denial.) It’s still embarrassing how little geography I know. I’ve learned more geography in the last year of being a parent than I did in my 2 decades of education.
Two of the most fun ways my 5 year old and I have been learning geography together is from watching the 20 year old cartoon Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego? and by doing this really awesome set of puzzles in conjunction with our Little Passports subscription. In the process, I’ve definitely said things like, “I thought Missouri was by Canada.” and “Wow, Russia is REALLY big!” I’m good at some things. Geography is not one of them.
However, as is my style, I’m trying to supplement these purchased items with hands-on, inexpensive, fun activities I can make at home.
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