Learning geography can be confusing to little kids as names referring to locations such as Michigan, United States, North America, Colorado, Europe, Grand Rapids, Rhineland-Pfalz, Traverse City, Denver, Germany and Littleton are thrown around. What is the difference between a continent, country, state and city?
My six year old was so confused at the beginning of the year and so we took a big step back, and now geography is making more sense.
After coloring a map showing the seven continents we learned the continent song.
Since singing worked so well for memorizing the continents, two more songs were learned to aid in remembering the names of the countries in Central America and the Islands of the Caribbean.
Central America Song
Caribbean Island Song
That's two continents down and five more to go. I expect this activity to span the entire year.
Check out these great blog hops. They are filled with activity ideas for kids.