Geography: Series 2
Series Two continues on the foundation built in Series One and includes 10 parallel images for each continent (10 cards/packet; 70 images in the series) that broadly represent life, landscape, and culture on Earth:
- Playing ball
- Small farming
- A wedding
- Taking a walk
- Police officers
- Fire fighters
- A bus
- A desert
- A volcano
- A street cleaner
The back of each card contains an image of the continent (color-coded to match the Montessori continent map), the location where the photo was taken, and additional information when needed. Cards are approx. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2”, fully laminated (with our sturdy, clinically-studied, non-toxic/food-grade laminate), and have rounded corners.
Use our collections (Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3) as a foundation but don't stop there. Encourage the children to use magazines, calendars and the internet to create more scenes from around the world based on their interests (but always be sure to present parallel images from all continents).
Parallel Images: To create an equitable and balanced view of life around the world, each continent folder within a series contains one image for 10 clearly defined concepts/themes (see bullet points above). This allows children to compare and contrast clothing, food, transportation, etc. from continent to continent. This balance is not always possible for Antarctica because it has no permanent residents and no flora. However, this will lead the children to question why, for example, are there no farms on Antarctica? That is exactly what we want them to ask!
Many Activities: These inspiring photos rouse the children's natural curiosity and, thus, effortlessly aid the development of expressive and receptive vocabulary. They also create limitless possibilities for meaningful work. Begin by gathering one or a few children, choosing a folder (beginning with the children's home continent), and talking about what everyone sees in each image.
Later, you can use the photos for sorting games by asking which card is from which continent? (Continent pieces not included; we recommend using the pieces from the continent puzzle map.) Then, when the children are writing (with the movable alphabet, chalkboards, or a pencil), use these to inspire the recording process. For example, you can teach the children how to play detective by having one child write about their favorite image and then, later, have another child read it and find the image described. The possibilities are endless!
Created by a Montessori teacher with explicit guidance from AMI teacher trainers. Eco-printed in our rural New England office. Display folders sold separately.