It’s here, it’s done, and now available!! I’m so excited to offer you Me On the Map: An Early Elementary Social Studies Guide!
This guide has been so much fun to put together and I hope you and your families enjoy it!
The Me On the Map Social Studies Guide is based off of the book Me On the Map by Joan Sweeney. This guide is designed for children 4 to 8 years old to help them explore and learn their place in the world. They will be introduced to geography, maps, and different places all around them.
The guide is broken up into 8 units where they will learn about their home, their street, their city, state, country, continent, and planet.
Each unit is laid out the same way with 6 different sections:
- Discussion questions: These questions help begin a dialogue with your children and introduce the units topic. (These could also be used as great writing prompts for older children.)
- Book list: I have provided a great book list for each unit with suggestions for picture books and nonfiction books to read together.
- Activities & crafts: This section has multiple ideas for activities or crafts to do for each unit, as well as recipes and songs to learn! Some units include printables or maps to fill out and color. And easy to read instruction pages are provided for each activity, recipe, and craft.
- Explore: This is where you will focus on one particular topic within each unit to learn more about. Videos and printables are available to continue learning.
- Field Trip Ideas: The first few units also include fun field trip ideas in your area that go along with the Explore section. Visiting great places near you is an amazing learning experience.
- Dive Deeper: If your child is really enjoying a unit or you have an older child joining you, this section has great ideas to dive deeper and learn even more.
- Circle Template: At the end of each unit, your child will complete one circle from the template provided. At the end of the guide they will have 7 complete circles that will grow larger from their home to their planet.
Throughout the guide I suggest reading through the DK Children Just Like Me book together. This is one of my children’s favorite books and they love learning about all the different children around the world. The final unit in the guide is a fun All About Me project that they can complete that is similar to the pages just like the ones found in this book.
There is no timeline or schedule for this guide, so you can complete it in whatever amount of time you like. I have given plenty of different options of crafts, recipes, and books to read that you can pick and choose from. You could complete one unit per week (making this an 8 week study) or you could do one unit every 2 weeks (completed in 4 months.) Some units could be worked on throughout the week or you can do one unit in a day. All depends on the time, interest, and personal choice for your family.
Using this guide, children will have so much fun learning how a home is built, what the difference is between the country and city, the symbols of their state, the seven continents, and so much more!
I hope you have so much fun with this study guide and it gives your children some perspective to where they belong in the world. Be sure to share your fun together and tag @littleschoolofsmiths on Instagram or use the hashtag #lsosmeonthemap.
Thank you for your support on my first big product launch and I hope you enjoy it together!