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Today I am going to share with you one of the classic Geography lesson setups in the Montessori classroom for preschool children. It is a fun, hands-on Geography lesson that will help the child understand the concept of land, water, and air.
Teaching geography the Montessori way involves a hands-on approach that encourages children to explore and discover the world around them. Montessori educators believe that children learn best when they are given the freedom to explore and make connections on their own. By providing a variety of materials, such as maps, globes, and puzzles, children can learn about different countries, cultures, and climates in a fun and engaging way.
Additionally, Montessori educators encourage children to interact with their environment by going on nature walks, observing the weather, and learning about local flora and fauna. Overall, teaching geography the Montessori way helps children develop a love for learning and a deeper appreciation for our world.
After presenting Sandpaper Globe (1), which helps the child to develop a concept of the shape of the earth, and gain an understanding of the distribution of land and water over the earth, the child is ready to work with Land, Water, and Air activity.
In Montessori education, teaching about land, air, and water is an important part of the curriculum. Children are taught about the different properties of each element and how they interact with one another. For example, they learn that land is solid and provides a surface for plants and animals to live on, while water is a liquid that supports aquatic life and helps to shape the land through erosion.
Air is a gas that surrounds us and is essential for living things to breathe. By learning about these elements in a hands-on way, children develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world around them. Through exploration and observation, they begin to understand the interdependence of land, air, and water, and how vital it is to protect and preserve these resources for future generations.
When presenting this activity to my 3-year-old daughter I offer her a tray with:
- three empty jars,
- small pitcher
- blue food coloring (optional)
- land, water, and air cards
“The child gives us a beautiful lesson – that in order to form and maintain our intelligence, we must use our hands. ” Maria Montessori The 1946 London Lectures
In the beginning, I ask A to put soil in one jar – I love this because it prompts her to activate problem-solving skills. She has to think about where she can find soil and how she can get it. The same happens with water. She is asked to bring water to the pitcher, pour it into a jar, and add a drop of food coloring. The fun part begins when you ask the child to put air in a jar. When presenting it in the classroom some run outside and swing the jar in the air, others blow into it. My kiddo waves her air jar from side to side.
After we have all three jars ready, I demonstrate the sorting of the cards and allow my daughter to finish the rest. Once the sorting process is complete, she can check her work for mistakes. In order for her to do a self-assessment, I put stickers on the back of the cards.
As an extension or additional activity, this is one of my daughter’s favorites.
Other land, water, and Air hands-on activities
Another idea for a similar activity is to sort geographical pictures of water and landscape. You can find my free printable for water and land activity from the Free Resource Library here.
Here a 3-year-old child is building the Earth using green and blue block pieces to distinguish between land and water parts.
Children enjoy building land and water forms using rocks and have a sensory play with toy animals. Here we used two shallow containers, a jug, blue food coloring, rocks & shells, land and water forms posters and sorting cards, and toy animals to create this hands-on exploration.
Earth Preschool Pack – Continents, Land & Water Forms, 3 Part Cards
All about the Earth learning activity pack for preschool children aged 3-6. The earth-themed activity pack contains printables to create a wide range of hands-on experiences for young children.
Students will practice phonics, building and recognizing teen numbers, cutting, push pinning, identifying continents, lands, and water forms, widening their vocabulary, learning about characteristics of the earth, practice developing logical thinking, learning about moon phases and layers of the earth, and so much more.
The printable features realistic clipart and photographs.
Here is what’s included:
- Instructions and activity variations
- Phonics – initial sound sorting cards (five cards for each letter, feature photographs)
- Land and water mats – fine motor activity with building blocks
- Seasons – sorting cards (six cards for each category, feature photographs)
- Land, water, air – sorting cards (seven cards for each category, feature photographs)
- Land and Water Forms – playdough mats and sorting cards (feature clipart and photographs)
- Land and Water Forms – 3 part cards, definition cards, and student booklet (feature clipart and photographs, backline clipart)
- Land and water forms included in the printable: lake, island, cape, bay, peninsula, gulf, strait, isthmus, system of lakes, and archipelago.
- Teen number cards and backline booklet – counting, identifying, and matching quantity and symbols
- Continents of the world (Montessori color-code) – different styles included – eastern and western hemispheres, different world map styles, outlines and color versions of continent outlines, world maps with labels (including oceans) and without labels
- Continents of the world 3 part cards and backline booklet
- Continents of the world – cards for
- push pinning
- Continent cutting strips
- Layers of the Earth chart and playdough mat
- Storytelling with visual prompt
- Phases of the Moon – (southern and northern hemispheres) charts, 3 part cards, student backline booklet
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