Help your child learn about their world, the differences between cities and states, and how to read a map with these 11 geography books for kids.
Here are some startling facts I learned from my son’s former after school care program:
- Most primary school students don’t understand the differences between a city, state and country.
- Many kindergarten through second graders refer to California as a country rather than a state.
- Seven out of 10 of these same kids think the words “country” and “state” are interchangeable.
Introducing kids to geography and our globe is a fantastic way to learn about where we live. For instance, explain that the Earth consists of seven continents, and that most are further segmented into countries. From there, countries divide into states, cities, towns, and right down to our own home.
You can also hang a large world map for them to point to and discuss with you. A globe would also be a fantastic way to show the geography of our planet on a 3D model.
What can you teach your child about geography? Consider these objectives and goals:
- Identify your city, state and country on a world map.
- Tell the difference between a map and a globe.
- Introduce scale, a map key, symbols and other important features on a map.
- Learn about different cultures (along with your own).
- Define these vocabulary words: country, state, city, culture, globe, map, geography and continent.
Geography books for kids
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And of course, read plenty of geography books for kids.
These books have helped my kids understand the concept of maps and globes. They also learned how to locate different countries, oceans and major landmarks. And more importantly, they read about different people who live in places far away from us.
Take a look at a few of our favorites to read with your own kids:
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