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Maps, Charts and Graphs
February 15, 2016
When searching for a curriculum to teach our child about maps, I came across "Maps, Charts and Graphs" by Modern Curriculum Press on the Rainbow Resource Center website. "Maps, Charts and Graphs Level A, The Places Around Me" teaches basic math skills to young children in a friendly and fun format. The consumable worktext is divided into twenty one lessons, covering topics such as reading a picture to reading bar graphs. The text is self explanatory with colored pictures throughout. An answer key is in the back of the book. The series "Maps, Charts and Graphs" consists of eight levels: Level A The Places Around Me, Level B Neighborhoods, Level C Communities, Level D States and Regions, Level E United States and its Neighbors, Level F Eastern Hemisphere, Level G The World and Level H United States Past and Present. The series can be utilized according to the grade level listed on the back cover or at your child's own pace. This curriculum will give your child a firm foundation in reading and constructing maps, charts and graphs.
These books really cover all the bases for geographical maps in a practical way. From" Home to the world". I use them as a "Do it yourself" curriculum and then we go over what was missed. The progressions from book A to H really are systematic. I used them for all six children at different ages.
Some did not start them until they were in Jr. High level. Others did them earlier, at grade level 3 (since we knew about them). Of course the A, B, books may be too elementary for the ages of 11 up. The books are presented in an easy to follow format with multiple choice, explain your answers and draw on map answers. But not so easy that the answers are obvious. You have to think and study the maps. I Like this the best of all for a well rounded introduction to maps!
I was first introduced to these student friendly, colorful, engaging workbooks while homeschooling my daughter in 1998. I have continued to rely on these workbooks for the past 11 years to enhance the geography/history curriculum I use. As my children advanced, these workbooks were used independently. There are no tests associated with this workbook. However, their IOWA Test scores proved they had achieved all desired goals.