Monday, November 14, 2011

Children of the World

I found a real jewel in the library the other day. I wasn't looking for it, in fact, I really didn't want another project. The book was so beautiful, with so many delightful children, it was a project waiting to happen. If I didn't do it, someone else would of have to.

The stunning pictures alone would have compelled me to buy the book, although, the true treasure lies in the poems of the children and important facts about the children, i.e. what they eat and what games they play. I enjoyed reading this book to my children as is, the project was just an extension. You can view examples of all the marvelous photographs and poems here.

The development of the Children of the World Pin Map was definitely influenced by the pin maps in the Montessori curriculum. Big A and S Man were already pinning North America, so I thought, why not allow Lil A and Z Man have their very own pin map to learn about the world? I didn't realized how much fun they would have with it and how much S Man and Big A would want part of it also. My original plan was to leave all the pinning to Z Man and allow Lil A to hang up the children, flags, and/or the hello cards. However, she was not going to stand for that. She wanted a part in the pinning also, so now it has become a dexterity/hand-eye coordination learning device as well.

The first question I had was where am I going to display this pin map and how big should it be for my young Beloveds. We were running out of wall space and I wanted something they could take out and put away, a folding board seemed like the perfect solution. Finding the perfect map size and board size was a chore, but I finally decided on a 50 x32 Rand McNally map and 36 x 48 Elmers Tri-Fold 2-ply display board. The 2-ply is important for the pins and I just cut two inches off the side of the map to make up the difference of 48 and 50. The extra 4 inches on the bottom will hold a place for pockets, probably one pocket for each continent. The board is absolutely perfect! I actually prefer it far better than our cork board for pinning due to ease of use.
I love that the map can easily fold away.

I have found that Lil A will be fully engaged for up to 3 children's stories at a time, and Z Man will stay engaged for 7. Z Man could of complete the countries of one letter in the alphabet in one setting but I did not want to push him. A setting includes reading the poem and the important facts about the children, talking about the continent and finding the country on the map, placing the flag pin on the map first, then placing the hello pin on top, turning the hello pin over after we attempt to say hello in the language, and finalizing the map with children of the world pin which is on the front side of the hello pin. I made the original pdf with a circle to punch the hole out, however, I didnt have the right tool to do that. I just used a three hole punch after laminating the cards and the hole would not line up properly, so the new pdf download does not have a circle. You can always cut the hang tab off, if you don't like it.
I have one ring of flags, and the other ring has
children of the world on one side and "Hello" on the other.
I may later separate the rings by continent.
"Hello" in different Languages of the World
The book mentions all the different languages spoken in the country
I just used the first language mentioned on the card.
Flags of the World

This is excellent continent & country study work, the most exciting part for Z Man was finding Andorra on the map.

The 192 UN countries are listed in Alphabetical order so it fit perfectly with Lil A's ABC of the Quran curriculum. Therefore, you are more than welcome to download the A & B Children of the World stamp cards here.

As we were going through the cards, we started to become very interested in the sports each child loved to play. I thought ok, I need to make a sport and food card, then I thought again (maybe later). We did extend it by adding ball stickers, too bad we didn't have a cricket and polo sticker ;-/

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  1. Love it! What a great activity! Thanks for stopping by blog, I'm glad you did, yours is quite the treasure!

  2. This is wonderful! I am going to the library tomorrow to find this book. Thank you for the downloads, we are definetly going to be using these. Your map work turned out fantastic, very creative!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Discovering Montessori

  3. There is a true joy in sharing and giving something that others fine benefit in. Thank you for using and liking! <3
    ~Humble Mom

  4. You've done a lovely job creating hands-on learning to coordinate with the book you selected from the library. It was a wonderful idea to use the map on the fold up presentation board to work with your space. Great ideas!

  5. MashaAllah I loved this post...actually I love the wholeblog layout, topics, look and feel MashaAllah.

    That map is amazing...hmmmm Must get maps......

  6. Thank you so much ladies! It means so much from people whom have amazing blogs themselves.

    Holly, you make me laugh :)

  7. What a WONDERFUL project - LOVE IT!! I am going to check out that book! I love the hands on way of learning about other countries & cultures, map activities, and free printable! Just amazing! Thank you for linking up to TGIF!! I can't wait to see what you link up next week, Beth =-)

  8. This is fabulous! You do such beautiful work, and I really appreciate your generosity in sharing your lovely printables! The idea and map activity are truly wonderful. Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  9. Stoppin' by from the Hip Homeschool Hop! What a great idea! I too love to take wonderful books and add projects to them! Such wonderful learning!

  10. Just found your blog thry TGIF linky party! What a great activity and thanks so much for sharing it. I am so glad to have it included in our Montessori boxes I am preparing!

  11. Beth and Deb, I always appreciate your encouragement! Thank you so much!

    I always love having new visitors, thank you ladies for stopping by and I am so grateful that you can use them.
    ~Humble Mom

  12. I just wanted to let you know I featured this wonderfully creative idea on TGIF Linky Party #7 - - Feel free to stop on by and grab an I was Featured button and link up again =-)

  13. Assalaamu alaikum :)

    Such great work! Jazzakillahu khair for sharing your downloads :)I look forward to using it. This is a huge help :)

    Fee Amaanillah
    Umm Imaan

  14. Masha'allah, Such great ideas! My son and I recently adapted this to including the seven elements of a culture for his second grade studies work.

  15. do you still have the Children of the World stamps for download? I saw A and B countries. These are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. We are reading your blog from Tokyo.

  16. My (almost) 4 year old triplet grandsons are always pointing to the globe and asking me "Who lives there?". Now I can match some faces to their countries! Thank you so much; I'm anxious to see letters C-Z!


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