Can You Begin to Teach Geography Without Buying all the Montessori Materials

Can You Begin to Teach Geography Without Buying all the Montessori Materials
Can you begin to teach 3 to 6 Geography without buying all the Montessori materials? Here's what the book Montessori on a Limited Budget has to say: "Geography activities should begin close to home so the child has a concept of the structure of his immediate environment before he tries to comprehend an abstract representation of a more remote area (e.g., maps and globes). The concept of a map can be learned through making a map of the child's yard, or neighborhood or town, or having treasure hunts utilizing maps. For Ithaca, N.Y. children [in the U.S.], terms like lake, gorge, woods, waterfall, creek, hill, inlet, etc., will be more valuable at first than ocean, bay, peninsula, etc., (which might come first for a Floridian)." From Montessori on a Limited Budget on page 181.

When I taught in Sausalito, on clear days I used to take the 5-year-olds and a walk up the hill by our school. When we reached the top we'd look down to see the bay and an island (Angel Island). They really enjoyed it! So begin by exploring and discovering your own neighborhood and town! Then begin making a list of what materials you want to make (or dare I say buy). But hopefully, before you do, I can help you save some cash! Keep reading here on my sister blog!
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