Map drill is a deceptively simple idea. Give the kids a blank outline map. Ask them to label all that they know. Give them the names of one or two new places to add. Repeat next week. Homeschooling doesn’t get much simpler than this. Can this work to learn all 50 states or all of the countries of Europe? After doing it this way for a number of years, I can give a resounding YES. I’ve learned more geography through map drills than I ever knew before. Oh, and my kids are learning, too, which is sort of the point; I know.
MAP DRILL RESOURCES
Uncle Josh’s Outline Maps
This AMAZING ebay find for only $99. I’ll admit that I loved these maps when I was in school and I never thought I’d find one I could afford for our homeschool. Just goes to show that you never know what you’ll find if you keep your eyes open. My kids LOVE pulling it down and finding places, travel routes, etc. This map is great because it’s SO BIG that places are easy to see, but also because it rolls up so small and out of the way!
Our new FAVORITE map drill resource…
The iPad 2 is an incredible resource for geography studies! We have many great apps and I’ll share our favorites with you. You can find them in the app store.
- Google Earth
- Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson
- Stack the Countries by Dan Russell-Pinson
- Shake the States by Third Chicken
- Montessori Approach to Geography by Rantek (several available)
- TapQuiz Maps by Rolzor