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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
A Checklist of Spatial Awareness and Mapping Skills
© Beverley Paine, 1997
[this article forms part of a series on Geography you can buy as a Practical Homeschooling booklet from Always Learning Books]
- Focus on personal space
- Using locational terms
- Representation to scale
- Symbolic representation
- Simple maps and plans
- Modelling and positions
- Locating things in relation to others
- Drawing simple representations in elevation or plan form
- Interpreting map symbols, colours
- Following directional terms
- Comparing distances on maps
- Reading information aerial maps
- Using alpha-numeric locational grid
- Understand eight points of compass
- Using street directory
- Comparing maps different scales
- Understanding North convention
- Understand mapping symbols
- Drawing plans, maps to scale
- Equator, latitude, longitude
- Tropics of Cancer, Capricorn
- Using index in atlas, street directory
- Using atlas and globes
- Awareness of different time zones, Greenwich meridian, Inter-date line
- Using magnetic compass
- Locating Australia, States, cities
- Locating countries, continents
- Giving directions
- Reading survey maps, plans, etc
- Preparing detailed working maps
- Reading weather maps
This checklist is taken from Chapter 9 Checklists in Getting Started with Hoemschooling Practical Considerations by Beverley Paine, available from Always Learning Books.
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