When I was in high school, I took a Geography class. I did not like this class at all. At the time, I didn’t understand why I had to learn about other countries. I remember studying for this class was difficult because the subject did not interest me.
It wasn’t until I went to college that I wanted to learn about the world outside of the United States. It was a time that enabled me to interact and live with people from all over the world. My first time on an airplane was during my college years. I went to Dominican Republic for a Community Service Project. After this trip, I traveled to Costa Rica, England, and Ireland for service and study abroad opportunities. It was these experiences that made me want to go back in time and study Geography again. Through my travel, I developed relationships with people across the world.
So how do you spark a child’s interest in Geography?
YOU MAKE A CONNECTION! Specifically, make a connection that coincides with the child’s interest.
Below are fun ways to create connections between your children/students and the world! You will need a map or globe for the activities below…
For the child who loves animals
My son loves animals. We learn about how and where various animals live around the world. We’ve been able to learn about the continents through his love of animals. Make it fun and search for where the 10 fastest animals in the world live!
For the child who loves sports
You and your child can explore Unusual Sports played around the world. For example, toe wrestling is played in Britain. In this game, competitors intertwine their toes and try to pin their opponents’ foot down. Find out which continent has the most unusual sports!
For the child who wants to be a Princess
You and the child can meet Princesses from around the world. Search for Princesses in Belgium, Germany, England, Monaco, and Liechtenstein. Have your child choose their favorite princess!
For the child who has friends from other countries or cultures
Locate on a globe or map where your child’s friends and their families were born. Find out about their culture, food, land features, and language. Try cooking the country’s food with your family.
Next week’s post will be about how my son and I learned another fun lesson in Geography.