Montessori: Map Work

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As with all things Montessori, students begin with the concrete and move to the abstract. When learning geography, students first develop an understanding that the earth is a round globe, made up of land and water. They then manipulate the shape of each continent before addressing its name and location. Montessori: Map Work introduces readers to the seven continents via textured edges to trace with their fingers, modes of transportation between each one for spatial context, and illustrated native animals for ...
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Overview


As with all things Montessori, students begin with the concrete and move to the abstract. When learning geography, students first develop an understanding that the earth is a round globe, made up of land and water. They then manipulate the shape of each continent before addressing its name and location. Montessori: Map Work introduces readers to the seven continents via textured edges to trace with their fingers, modes of transportation between each one for spatial context, and illustrated native animals for relevant and meaningful associations. Young children will absorb the age-appropriate geography and gain a better sense of their place in the world.

Praise for Montessori: Map Work
"This ingeniously designed book follows the “Montessori way” of teaching children concrete concepts in an accessible way."
--School Library Journal

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-27
A simple exploration of geography via the continents and the animals that live on them. The first double-page spread distinguishes the continents from the oceans. The subsequent spreads are devoted to one continent each. A large map of the continent appears in the upper-left corner, and a slightly rough tactile element outlines the land masses for little fingers to trace. Three animals are pictured and named (North America features a bison, a bald eagle and a moose) in the center of the spread. A world map appears in the lower-right corner showing readers where they will be off to next when they turn the page. The final spread has a gatefold panel that opens to reveal a world map with the continents labeled and the animals again pictured in their appropriate locations. Nassner's images are simple, clear and handsome in muted colors against subtle faux wood grain. The authors explain their approach as rooted in the Montessori method. There is potential for confusion, as the shapes as presented on the opening circular map are inevitably different from those presented on the subsequent flat projection; Antarctica in particular suffers from the transition. Despite these quibbles, this is a clear and developmentally appropriate introduction to our world for the youngest children. (Board book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419709340
  • Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Series: Montessori Series
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 269,908
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Bobby George is a lifelong student and entrepreneur, with a PhD in philosophy. Bobby and his wife, June George, founded and run Baan Dek—the first Montessori school in South Dakota. They also own and operate Montessorium, a Montessori app company. Alyssa Nassner is an illustrator and hand letterer based out of Minneapolis. She is the illustrator of the Montessori series for Abrams as well as several books for Chronicle and Ivy Press.
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