The world is an amazing place and we loved learning more about it with Evan-Moor’s Geography Skill Sharpeners. We learned about maps and how to read them. Discovered the globe and the many features that it includes. We dove into understanding different water environments and various land formations. We even were able to touch on weather.
Evan-Moor’s Skill Sharpener’s Geography: Grade K
Evan-Moor’s Skill Sharpener’s Geography: Grade K was the perfect place to start for kids interested in the world around them. Each page is scripted making the lessons incredibly easy to teach. The font is easy to read, for your young readers. The pages have nice graphics and are colorful without being overwhelmed.
Now if your anything like me you want to know the details. What do they cover? How will it engage my individual learners? Is this parent extensive? Will I need to prep before we do our lessons? The list goes on and on. Let me try and answer your questions so you will know if Skill Sharpeners: Geography will be a good fit for your kindergartner.
The first section was the perfect introduction to Geography in our home. As soon as I opened the book I knew it was going to be a hit. My kindergartner is crazy for maps. Whenever we attend an exhibit he has to get a map to follow along. If we are in the house he will regularly draw treasure maps and take his siblings on hunts for gold. Maps are totally his thing and he devoured each individual lesson.
The lessons were easy to teach and included multiple methods of learning. We colored, used scissors and glue, practiced our writing skills and even worked on comprehension skills by answering questions.
Not going to lie to you the Cardinal Directions was the biggest hit with my Kindergartner but a struggle for me. The lessons got my son so excited that he would ask me which direction we were traveling when we were out and about. I honestly had to stop and think about where we were. Any workbook that can engage my kids enough that they want to keep learning more is a win in my book.
Looking at the Globe
Have your kids seen a globe? I know my kids have seen many maps and pictures of our Earth but a globe, a real globe. I hadn’t even thought that I would need to introduce them to one. Evan-Moor did a wonderful job teaching the kids that a globe is round as opposed to a map which is flat.
They don’t stop at introducing a map they took it further by discussing continents and oceans. The seven continents and 5 oceans were not discussed at length. Some geography curriculum has countries on the continents but I loved that they kept things short and sweet.
Landforms and Bodies of Water
There are so many different types of land and water. This section might just be my favorite because they included adorable cut outs to bring the lessons to life. For example; when learning the difference between hills, mountains and valleys, there was a mountain goat for the kids to explore with. Maps tied into this section seamlessly as the kids recognized different symbols with the various landforms.
Weather in our World
Learning that the weather isn’t the same everywhere in the world is a tricky concept to understand as a kindergartner. Evan-Moor did a good job at using a map to show how different weather is found in different areas of the country. The even managed to bring in some math by counting different ways of measuring weather (rain, snow, sunshine).
Parent Friendly Geography
Being the educator I need to go in knowing what is required of me so that I can adjust accordingly. I hate thinking something is going to go smoothly but then I hit a huge snag which effects our entire household. I am sure you can relate. Evan-Moore did an incredible job at helping me teach my kids and teach them well.
The pages are perforated in the books so you can easily organize the next lesson by just ripping the next page out. We use workboxes so I adored that I could just take out the next lesson and place it in our system ready to go for the next day. If you prefer to keep things together then of course, keep your book together.
You don’t need extra supplies other than a simple collection of pencils, crayons, scissors and tape. You really can just open up this book and hit the ground running. It is a complete study for kindergarten Geography, I don’t think you need to supplement at all with more activities or products. To get your copy jump onto Evan-Moor today!