Geography: Series 1
Introduce children to the wondrous variety of landscape and life on Earth through these beautiful photos from around the world. Series One includes 10 parallel images for each continent (70 images total) that broadly represent life, landscape, and culture on Earth:
- An iconic building
- An iconic animal
- An iconic vista
- A beach
- A market
- A school scene
- A street scene
- A parade
- Food vendors
- People fishing
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 as needed.
Cards are laminated with our sturdy, clinically-studied, non-toxic/food-grade laminate. Created by a Montessori teacher with explicit guidance from AMI teacher trainers. Eco-printed in our rural New England office. Display folders sold separately.
Approximate card sizes are 8 1/2" x 5 1/2”.
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.
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).
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!
NOTE: Geographers carry on a lively debate about what it is that defines a continent. Some consider Australia as a part of the larger continent of Oceania (which includes Micronesia, Polynesia, etc.) while others consider Australia the primary continent that includes the oceanic islands. For our purposes, we use the term Australia to include Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania, the entire island of New Guinea, and the thousands of islands in the Central and South Pacific that make up Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.