Tot School: Geography Recap

So, as I had suspected, we did just a little with this unit due to wanting to be outside more during the nice weather. We did, however, go back and finish a few of the 4th of July activities I had planned, and we did get to give some exposure to the topic of geography. Below is a little recap with some pictures:


America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful – love the pictures

By Bates, Katharine Lee, 1859-1929(Book – 2003 )

Celebrate the 50 States

Celebrate the 50 States – too much info for now

By Leedy, Loreen(Paperback – 1999 )

How to Make A Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A

By Priceman, Marjorie(Paperback – 2008 )


HarlemA Poem – We already had this one, and Fairley really likes it.


ABC NYC – Good book about the city!

A Book About Seeing New York City

By Dugan, Joanne, 1961-(Book – 2005 )

The Colors of Us

The Colors of Us – Still waiting on this one…

By Katz, Karen(Book – 1999 )

Madison in New York

Madison in New York – Still waiting on this one…

By Pataki, Libby(Book – 2004 )

My New York

My New York – Still waiting on this one…

By Jakobsen, Kathy(Book – 1993 )

New York

New York – Too much info

By Rodriguez, Cindy(Book – 2013 )

This Is New York

This Is New York – Too much (and some outdated) info

By Sasek, M., 1916-1980(Book – 2003 )


Here are a few other books that my mom sent for our last unit that will also work for this unit. They’re great “American” books.


  GEOGRAPHY STACKING BLOCKS – This was a success! Fairley really enjoyed stacking these blocks, and it seemed to introduce the concept well.

 Starting with the world and ending with our apartment, Fairley will stack the blocks in order from biggest to smallest.

BOOK EXCHANGE: So far, we have received one book, and it was from Texas! 🙂
We are participating in a book exchange in which we sent out one book to another child in Texas, and then we’ll also send out six letters to other children inviting them to participate. We should receive several books in the mail throughout our unit I hope. We’ll find all the places where people live (those we send letters to and those we receive books from) on a US map.
LEARNING CONTINENTS: The song worked well (although, after searching on Youtube, I found other ones I liked better.) But Fairley does enjoy singing the song while I point out the continents.
I’m mostly focusing more on American geography, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to introduce continents as well. The website (linked above) has a fun song for teaching them.
NY LANDMARKS: We actually didn’t get to these but will try to do it next time around.
NY State Map (to reference)
Coloring Sheets:
Snack: Same as above – next time!
-I need to give this one more thought, but some how, I feel like our family samples New York City food really well. 🙂
-Maybe I’ll do a snack tray with pizza, apples, a black and white cookie, and…well, I’ll keep thinking. 🙂
Other resources we are using:
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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden USA Map Puzzle – THIS ONE IS GREAT! Fairley did really well with this one, even though there are a ton of pieces! She knows a few of the names/locations of states (mostly ones that we have a connection with via family members), but it’s a great start to American geography!
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I’m mostly just introducing geography this time around (and the idea of country, state, city, neighborhood, etc.). There are a lot of things that I would want to do with NY geography specifically, so maybe this time next year, we’ll focus on that. Some things I would love to include are:
-NYC magnet or flannel board (with landmarks from the city)
-NYC or NY State discovery bin

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