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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A is for Africa

All of the kids know the shape and names of the continents!! In November they had much fun learning about North America. I used the Africa continent puzzle piece in a sound bin and every one of them have been going bananas saying Africa while sorting sounds. I thought it would be fitting and timely to introduce them to the history and geography of  this beautiful continent.

 The Africa map puzzle is a toughy, and by no means do I expect all or any of them to learn the names and places. Through repetition they may certainly be capable of sensorially mastering it. For the child(ren) that truly gravitate to this work it is possible!!  They are happy, happy, happy to be able to touch this puzzle.

Instead of introducing the objects associated with Africa in a continent box, I leaned toward using a continent tray. I really want them to learn the names of the objects and didn't want to overwhelm them with a box full of "stuff".  Later I will put all of objects along with various three part cards that will be introduced into a continent box.
                                                    A closer picture of the objects.

                                                   Our Africa continent folder,
 The folder contains an All About Africa information page, a map of Africa, and photos of people, places, and animals of Africa.
Here a picture of some of the photos.

All of the contents in the folder are from the Africa Continent Kit available at Montessori For Everyone.

      Lastly, this picture book has been requested to be read more than I can count:)                                                                

 I am linking this post to Montessori Monday.


  1. We have the same book and my kids love it! I love the contents of your Geo Tray and kind of jealous!

  2. I love your Africa tray! All of these materials look so beautiful and inviting. I want to go and work with them myself! ;)

  3. Making continent boxes is on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing yours; it looks great. I will try to get my hands on that book too!

  4. This is wonderful ... so inviting! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and added your post link to my Montessori Continent Boxes post at

  5. You are invited to join my new weekly link-up "Say it Two Ways Thursdays"! I would love for you to link up activities like this that teach children about other languages and cultures. Link up at It Two Ways Thursdays.


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