I have been sending my wonderful guest blogger updates about what countries her post has been read in. After I had mentioned that someone in Australia read her post, she had a conversation with her daughter about Australia. What a great authentic experience for her daughter. Australia becomes real when you think about someone there, reading something your mother wrote.
Following a blog about someone’s travels is another authentic way to teach geography to kids. There are tons of fantastic travel blogs out there about wonderful adventures.
Whenever I read a book to students at school, or my own children at home, we always found all places mentioned on a map. And don’t forget to pull out maps whenever you travel! (No, I am not talking about the husband, who happens to be a geographer, refusing to look at a map, because “real men” don’t need maps. “Real men” prefer to be lost all the time.)