an outline map of the continent on the box's top
- a wooden continent puzzle
- a small informational book about the continent
a set of animal figures from the continent
- collections of Montessori three-part cards pertaining to the geography and culture of the continent and lots of other items.
additional items could include: small flags from that continent's nations, fabric representative of the continent's cultures, jars of spices used in typical cultural cuisine, artisan crafts, toys, or instruments created on that continent
liquid watercolors and watercolor paper for painted narrations
modeling beeswax for creating characters and important elements and retelling the story
a variety of wooden figures and building materials for recreating story scenes
a variety of play silks and fabrics for dramatic retellings
- wool felt for creating feltboard flags (these won't be
permanent creations--we'll take photographs to store in main lesson
Middle School and Junior High Students: These students' main academic work will be recorded in a lesson book with a missionary-based geography focus. Each block will include suggestions for map work, written narrations of the lives of saints and missionaries, discussions of cultural considerations necessary to be aware of when bringing the Good News to the peoples of that place, and a Scripture reflection. These students will also work on creating a main lesson book that details archeological finds and artifacts from each continent and their pertinence to learning about the cultures of that region of the world.
Lower Elementary Students: These students will do much of their academic work in the form of hands-on Montessori activities and family-style narrations as detailed above, but they will work throughout the year on two main lesson books. One will focus on the animals and their habitats unique to each continent, and the other will entail learning more about the various titles of Our Lady that are specific to the cultures we study in each block, inspired by Kathryn's Marian posts. We will provide suggestions and links in each block for the map work, art work, and research that will comprise each of these books.
Kindergarteners: Our youngest students will enjoy using beautiful art supplies to illustrate their own book of folk tales. Each continent block will include a list of folk tales to be shared and enjoyed, and our youngest will illustrate and narrate those stories to create a compiled book of folk tales all their own.
- A Child's Geography
- P is for Passport: A World Alphabet
- Material World: A Global Family Portrait
- Children Just Like Me
- How People Live
- Houses and Homes (Around the World Series)
- What the World Eats
- Whoever You Are (Mem Fox)
- All the Colors of the Earth
- Somewhere in the World Right Now
- Eastern Asia
- India and the Middle East
- Australia and Oceania
- South America and the Caribbean
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- Mexico and Canada: Our North American Neighbors
- America: The Great Melting Pot (with a focus on immigrant culture in the United States)