Young kids learn through their senses and experiences. They touch, feel, smell, and taste things. They run and jump and climb. They play imaginary games, and they ask a million questions.
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Children's everyday play and experiences give them the basis for the geographic knowledge that they will learn in school. With just a little encouragement and some direction, young kids will develop the vocabulary, awareness, and curiosity that will help them better understand and learn geography.
The activities and games are organized around five specific themes. These themes were developed by professional geographers and are now being used in many schools. They are:
- Where are things located?
- What characteristics make a place special?
- What are the relationships among people and places?
- What are the patterns of movement of people, products, and information?
- How can the Earth be divided into regions for study?
There are two sets of activities--one for children ages 2 to 3 and a second set for children ages 4 to 5. These activities will help children gain the skills that lay the foundation for the study of geography.