At the beginning of the new school year we always spend the first week easing back into curriculum and doing an All About Me theme. For my daughter (in Kindergarten) I decided to go a little further and incorporate it into her social studies.
The book Me On the Map by Joan Sweeney became my inspiration for her to learn about her place in this big world. I highly recommend this book! It is a great introduction to maps and shows children how easy it is to find where they live and how they fit in to the larger world.
With this book, I decided that we were going to learn about our home, street, city, state, country, continent, and planet.
*I’ve decided to break this up into a few blog posts or it would be VERY long, so at the bottom I will be sure to link the next posts.
To start our studies we began with our home. Here are all the activities we did:
- Drew and painted a picture/map of her room.
- Sat outside and drew a picture of our house.
- Made a popsicle stick house with everyone who lives in our home.
- Learned how houses are built.
- Built a house of our own (can use Legos, shape tiles, blocks, etc.) This house building set was a birthday gift and I don’t remember what it was called, but I believe the brand is Playmobil.
- Learned about different tools and how to use them (hammer, screwdriver, wrench, etc.)
- Worked on memorizing and writing down our home address.
- Learned about different homes around the world.
- Learned about different animal homes.
These are just some of the great books we read. My kids favorite is If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen. It is such a fun, creative book that gets their imagination and discussions going. Another great book is Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow.
Next we learned about our street! Here are some of the activities we did:
- Drew a map of our street.
- Learned how a road is made (read books and watched YouTube videos.)
- Learned about the different kinds of streets and their abbreviations. I wrote the street and abbreviation down on 2 separate index cards. Mixed them all up and she had to correctly match them. (Realized later I forgot Lane!) 🤦🏼♀️
- Drove around to other streets for fun to see what they were called. (Got to visually see what a “court” is.)
- Made cardboard roads from Amazon boxes. Cut out some shapes or straight pieces, painted them black and drew white dash lines. They can move the different pieces around and create their own cities. Also led to the discussion about how we only drive on the right side of the road here and what cars should do when they hear an emergency vehicle coming. 🙌🏼
- Memorized home address! I put each part of our address on a separate index card, mixed them up and had her put them in the correct order they are read. (Made up this fake address for photo)
Here are some fun books we read about streets/roads:
We had a lot of fun just doing these simple activities! Be sure to stay tuned for Part 2 of our Me On the Map unit- city and state portion!