Here’s what moms had to say for the Mom’s Geography Workshops:
Umm Zain:“A big jazakallah to you for conducting the geography workshop today! I feel like I am walking around with a globe head today… Always thinking about the land masses and the oceans 🙂 I discovered Southern Ocean today Alhamdullilah. I also learned that the earth’s tilt stays the same. It took 200 yrs to build the great wall of china. We visited many countries on google earth too! It was so much fun!! I declare a workhop on land formations soon! There was a lot covered Alhamdullilah 🙂
Anonymous “Jazakallah for hosting a fabulous workshop today. It was really enlightening,inspirational and benefitted me a lot. Love the way you had everything organized and your style of presentation was amazing. Looking forward to attending future workshops.”
Testimonials from the KIds Geography Workshops
Naila KIbria:“Mashallah! Jazakallah Sis!My son loves attending these classes! The classes are full of energy and excitement. He looks forward to the interactive activities and all the songs and rhymes they learn. He loves coming home with the hand outs and showing his family and friends what Aunti has taught in class. May Allah swt bless your family in many folds for providing these classes ameen ”
Madiha Hashmi:“My kids attended both the World Geography and Canadian Geography classes and learned a lot MashaAllah (as did I :)). Along with teaching the kids the various concepts of geography, UmmUmamah does a great job empowering parents with the knowledge needed to reinforce the concepts learned with tons of printables, links and tips.”
Raviha Waqar“JazakAllah sister for organizing the Geography classes. My son attended both the sessions, World Geography as well as Canadian Geography, since we did not start with the topics yet these sessions proved to have given him a strong base and love for the subject to build upon further. We were surprised that he knew all continents by heart when he came back after the first session only. The way you incorporated Montessori techniques and kept themes and songs made him remember everything. The drills they did whether by the huge maps or models you had made or crafts they worked on and the abundant worksheets you supplied us with keeping same color scheme engraved the topics in his mind not only of the world but he also learned a lot in Canadian geography which for me being a new immigrant were a great help since I didn’t know much myself.And best of all the way you connected Geography with Islam and made the connections of our important landmarks and How Allah made everything,it made perfect sense to them. The sessions were very nicely assembled and age appropriate details were shared. JazakAllah for your hard work and giving Muhib such a wonderful start.”
I KNOW WHAT AFRICA LOOKS LIKE
In continuing our world map activities I asked Lil Muallimah which continent would she like to do first, and she chose Africa.
I gave her this printable I got from curriculum click, when it came as a freebie. You will notice her own Africa is spelled as “AfNicA” (hehe) because she had mistaken the lines of r and i as one letter making it n…,
I am totally fine with that, she will get it eventually 🙂 If you look closely she even colored the lake in the middle, blue 🙂
Then I asked her if she wanted to make it with modelling clay ? And she said “YES!” So I grabbed her foam puzzle and we ran downstairs.
I asked her to point out Africa on this foam puzzle I got from the $ store. (it doesn’t have the same colors as Montessori maps, so ayounger child might get confused) Thankfully Lil Muallimah got it right but I do see the wisdom and benefit in the Montessori Maps.
Nonetheless the rest is pretty much clear through the pictures. She was quite enthusiastic throughout this activity and wanted to get it just right 🙂
The yellow tool actually came in a play dough set, my kids had got as a gift yeaaaaars ago 🙂
TAA DAAAAA !!!
Don’t you just love such multi level activities, encompassing, mapping, recognition, hand eye co-ordination, motor skills…..:):):):)
Other related activities:
Coloring the large scale World Map
Flagging the continents
Push Pinning Continents
This download from Montessori Print Shop is a wonderful way to practice recognition and naming the continents. I printed out the black and white pages from the file and colored them in, by hand and followed the instructions to laminate and make the pinning flags.
Next day, I actually asked Lil Muallimah to help mak eher new activity.
First I asked her to place the flags on to a styrofoam sheet.
Next I asked her to make some balls with sticky tack
Then I asked her fix the balls of sticky tack onto the black dots on the continents, on the World map.
Finally she got to do her activity. Pin the correct flag on to the corresponding continent matching the color and shape.
Now the same activity with a twist. Matching the names of the continents
The control of error in Montessori Activities does give a boost to the child’s confidence. Love it 🙂
CONTINENT FUN !
Right after Lil Muallimah finished coloring her World map, (see post here) we went upstairs to turn it into something cooler, our very own…………
We have played this way before two with the older ones, but those printed maps were played on and thrown after the wear and tear.This time I thought of sticking it onto a bristol board. Picking through our bristol boards in our stationary closet, I thought it would be much cooler if I stuck it onto blue bristol board. Now that way I wouldn`t have to colour in the continents, Phew! BUT……that meant I would have to cut around the continents. Sigh….. which I did but not around the smaller island parts.
I even made Antarctica from the left over cut out which was missing in the original map as Lil Muallimah pointed out.
Then I laminated it with shelf liner… and we were all ready to play.
Right foot Asia , left foot North America
Right foot Africa , left foot South America………
…..and Right hand Asia , left hand North America
Right foot Asia , left foot North America
By the time of the last picture she was giggling and asking me… could you please make it simpler now ! …..because she was getting all criss crossed … hehe
FUN FUN FUN
GUESS THE CONTINENT
I found these really neat printable at Making Learning Fun. Lil Muallimah got the easier ones Lil Muallim # 2 got the harder ones. They both like there continent dot to dot sheets.
I put Lil Muallimah ones in protective sheets and in a file to keep them safe and reusable.
Today I took Lil Muallimah’s out of the file to see if she could recognize her continents without tracing them first. Mashallah she got them all right, as she named them ans explained her observation, why she thought it was that continent. She described how she knew, giving details of the shape and surrounding. I was very impressed. The nomenclature cards and her big map really helped Alhumdolillah
Here’s what I mean
You’ve got to like the subtle element of Math (counting beyoind ten) while tracing the continents. Just the perfect out of the box Math activity Math on the Level style.
Before she can be done, she has to clean her tracings so there are no marks left on the protective sheet and pick up her cards. :):):):):)
These were done very enthusiastically and with concentration with me beside her 🙂