WIN a set of World Maps and Pin Map Flags


There has been a lot of discussion lately about the various ways to introduce children to geography by way of the traditional wooden puzzle maps and how 'pin' maps make an excellent substitute to the beautiful (but expensive and large) wooden maps.

We've shown you a typical progression through the geography materials and the extension lessons here. We've shown you in this tutorial how to prepare the geography pin maps and flags - and we've shared with you a fantastic alternative to 'Pin' Flags.

To top all that, we've given you a FREE Map of the World and Pin Map Flags that are available on our Free Montessori Downloads page.
Free Montessori Pin Map of the World

But how would you like to WIN our World Maps Bundle

Each of the 9 sets of Maps includes:
  • 1 black and white blank map
  • 1 color map
  • 1 black and white labeled map
  • 1 colored and labeled map
  • 2 sets of map labels (1 set has color-coded borders, 1 set with no borders)
*Maps print on to 8½ x 11" paper. * Map labels are for large wooden puzzle map or floor map (not sized for these paper copies)

Sample - Maps of North America
Printable Montessori Geography Maps

and also WIN our Pin Map Flags Bundle:

Printable Geography Pin Map Flags

It includes all the flags for the maps listed above.
You can choose from the Color-Coded set or the plain set.

Two lucky winners will received both the World Maps Bundle and the Pin Map Flags Bundle. These are digital files in PDF format. You download the file and print the maps and pin flags yourself.

Entry is very easy using the Rafflecopter widget below. Some entries can be done each day to gain additional entries. Open worldwide to anyone over the age of 18 years.

Starts: 12:01am on Tuesday Oct 30 2012
Ends: 12:01am Tuesday Nov 6 2012

Record Keeping For Sandpaper Letters

First, each child has their own booklet with the entire alphabet on the inside cover while the remaining pages are blank.  There are enough pages for one letter per page.
I've made one booklet for each child - they are delightfully small, only about 2x3 inches.
  Here is a closer look at the alphabet on the inside cover:

Handwritten in cursive.
 Once a child is introduced a letter, a mark is made like this (on the letter on the inside cover...):

As the child works to master the letter, a second mark is made:

When the child masters the letter, a final mark is made, completing a triangle around the letter:

As each letter is mastered (not necessarily in order), the teacher (or child) writes the letter on a page in the booklet.  The booklet stays at school until all letters are complete.  Eventually, the entire booklet has one letter on each page which the child can use to review.

I plan to keep them in the classroom using this adorable basket on a shelf...Seriously,  how much fun will this be to carry to each lesson?!
 I appreciate how this method not only helps the teacher keep track of progression within the lessons of the Sandpaper Letters, but also the child has a beautiful booklet to take home and share with family.  I know that the children in my class LOVE to take home booklets that are part of lessons we've had together!  Additionally, I feel this method gives the child more opportunities to see the written symbols (inside cover) as we work through the letters.  Likewise, my assistant can easily surmise by looking at through the booklet which letters the child has worked on and which ones still need a lesson.

It will be exciting to implement this new method of record keeping for Sandpaper Letters in the classroom this Fall. In case you are wondering, yes, we use cursive for teaching writing in my class...  you can read more about it in this post.  Also, I'd be most interested in hearing how others record lessons for Sandpaper Letters in your classrooms!