There are many educational tools available to parents and teachers these days. From the Internet to PowerPoint presentations, the tools seem limitless. But one of the most useful and powerful tools is still the old-fashioned world map.
Many of us grew up in the days when one of the most interesting and most used items in the classroom was the world map. Countless hours have been spent by countless children standing in front of one of these things, their eyes hovering over the various countries and continents as they searched for a particular place. Who can forget coming across some strange named place and how our imaginations would immediately take hold with visions of what life in that place must be like? There was almost a sense of adventure as we studied those far away places and names.
For many of us, the geography alone was a thrill. We looked with interest at the vast area that the oceans occupied on our planet, and then we searched for the highest mountain range or the snow-capped poles. All of it was pure fun to us, but it was also educational. The world map in the classroom was a focal point of the room, whether we believed it then or not.
The world map was our ticket to all of these unique places on earth and it can be that way again for our kids. Of course, you can view the planet from the Internet today, but it is not the same. You can also look at a smaller rendition in a textbook, but that, too, is just not the same as studying a big, brightly colored object that is hanging right in front of you. At least for many of us, it is not the same.
An investment in a good product of this sort is money well spent on a child’s education. Not only can they learn about the various places on earth, but they can also learn something about the people that inhabit the planet and quite a lot about the history of mankind. This type of knowledge is the kind of knowledge that will serve them well over the rest of their lives. Having a deep understanding of our planet and how it is laid out will never be considered useless information, and the sooner a child is exposed to this wonderful information the better.
We all want our children to have the fullest appreciation for life and mankind as we can afford to give them. This includes the role that our planet plays in all of our lives. But how do you find a good product? One that is accurate and easy to read?