I never really developed an appreciation for geography as a child. As an adult, I fell in love with geography, and it’s now one of my favorite subjects. I regularly prepare Montessori-inspired geography activities for my 3¾-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and she’s already developed a love of geography. Today, I want to share a Montessori geography scope and sequence along with Montessori-inspired geography activities that can help other preschoolers develop a love of geography, too.
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Montessori-Inspired Geography Activities for Toddlers
I’m using the term “Montessori-inspired” to indicate activities that have many of the characteristics of traditional Montessori activities but aren’t ones you’d find in Montessori manuals. They’re very compatible with Montessori education, though, and are perfect for homeschoolers.
You can start giving even toddlers fun geography activities to help them develop a love of geography.
My granddaughter was enthralled with our Montessori-inspired toddler geography activities with Baby Beluga.
If you use (or are considering using) Little Passports, check out my 5 ways to include your toddler in Little Passports activities.
While I have a number of continent activities for preschoolers shown in this post, you’ll find even activities you can use for toddlers in the Little Passports Early Explorers.
Montessori Geography Scope and Sequence for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners with Traditional Montessori Geography Activities and Montessori-Inspired Geography Activities
A Montessori scope and sequence won’t be uniform from training program to training program. This will give you a general overview. If you’re using an album or training program that’s a bit different, don’t worry. It’s fine. And you might have a few different geography activities on your shelves at one time. They won’t necessarily follow sequentially in the scope and sequence. Especially if you’re traveling or have another real-life geography experience, your geography activities might not follow the standard order.
This post has my main geography posts, but there are many more that have a geography component, such as many of the animal unit studies you’ll find in my Montessori-inspired unit studies post.
The general scope and sequence will be shown as headings below.
You can get an amazing geography resource free simply by signing up for my newsletter. It’s the KHT Montessori geography album used in their courses. You can read more about KHT Montessori and the geography album here.
Another amazing resource with a geography scope and sequence is the free online access to the comprehensive Montessori scope and sequence from Montessori Compass and the Montessori Foundation.
Introductory Geography Activities (such as position words)
Montessori-Inspired Compass Rose Activities and Outdoor Compass Walks (Depending on the level of the activity, these could be early on or much later.)
Sandpaper Globe (Land and Water Globe)
Land – Air – Water
Land and Water Forms
World Map/World Puzzle Map
Studying Specific Continents
Creative Ideas for Montessori Continent Boxes from Around the World (basically, part 2 of my Montessori continent boxes post)
Free Arctic Animal Printables and Montessori-Inspired Arctic Animal Activities (Even though the Arctic isn’t a continent, I think it’s very helpful to focus on the similarities and differences between the Arctic and Antarctica).
Studying Specific Countries (Starting with the Home Country)
Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Global Adventure (This post contains Montessori-inspired activities for many individual countries using Little Passports packages and resources found online.)
Studying Specific States or Provinces of Home Country
Holidays Around the World
See specific holidays in my Montessori-Inspired Unit Studies + Seasonal and Holiday Activities
Geography Pinterest Boards
I have a number of different geography Pinterest boards with resources that are very helpful for preparing Montessori geography activities.
Here are links to each of the Pinterest boards in the order the continents are introduced through Little Passports: Montessori-Inspired Global Adventure (introductory geography resources and 7-continents activities) *South America Educational Resources *Asia Educational Resources *Europe Educational Resources *Africa Educational Resources *Australia Educational Resources*North America Educational Resources *Antarctica Educational Resources
12 Months of Montessori – Geography
This post is part of the 12 More Months of Montessori Series! Check out the posts below for lots of awesome geography activities.
- 20+ Ways to Teach Montessori Geography Kids Will Love | Natural Beach Living
- North America for Kids – Printable Geography 3-Part Cards | The Natural Homeschool
- The Ultimate Guide to Montessori-Inspired Geography Activities for Preschoolers | Living Montessori Now
- Montessori Animals and Continents with Printable | Mama’s Happy Hive
- Our Favorite Geography DIYs | The Kavanaugh Report
- Montessori Geography Folders | The Pinay Homeschooler
- Introduction to Russia Printables | Welcome to Mommyhood
- Montessori Primary Geography Checklist | Sugar, Spice & Glitter
I’d love to hear about your child’s or your students’ favorite geography activities! 🙂
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