We are always searching for ways to make our weekly memory work more engaging and fun.
One way to cement geography memory work (especially for those tactile learners!) is using a bucket of LEGO bricks.
Building continents with LEGOS, and then adding features is such a simple way to make geography FUN!
As a Classical Conversations Foundations student, my son is currently memorizing the names and locations of African waters (Cycle 1, Week 16).
Each week we always trace the map and also practice finding the location on our globe.
Geography memory work is also included each day during our morning time.
As my guy was deciding on a presentation topic for the week, the idea to create Africa from LEGO bricks arose. I love the creativity that can occur within the confines of our memory work!
He simply grabbed his geography binder (I printed maps for each week of memory work from CC connected.) and used this week's map as a guide while he was building. He included the Zaire River, Lake Victoria, Zambezi River, and the Nile River.
*A note about maps -- find a source you like and stick with it. Keeping the maps consistent during our geography studies has been very helpful. My two favorite sources for maps are CC Connected (for Classical Conversations members only) and Notebooking Pages.
The Notebooking Pages Geography set includes labeled and unlabeled maps for each continent. They are extremely well done!
This simple act of recreating a continent with LEGO bricks will prepare my son for Challenge A, where he will need to learn to draw Africa from memory!
As he is asked to recall African waters during memory work review he will visualize what he built to help with recall.
Simple. Easy. Effective.
Just the way I like things to be in our homeschool!