A Reggio-Inspired Project Focusing on
As a social studies extension, we pulled in maps of Memphis. Research shows that spatial thinking is one of the most important skills that children can develop as they learn about our Earth and environmental science.
Map reading and map making are important skills as they help us learn about the distance of two places. Maps also help us learn to estimate distances between places. Because maps are smaller scale representations, teaching our girls to read a map helps them develop the ability to see different perspectives.
During our study, we explored maps of our community. We noticed roads, interstates, land, water, and different landmarks on the maps of Memphis. Using black pens and colored pencils, the girls had so much fun playing with the maps. The activity invited rich conversation for the girls and allowed them the opportunity to share the things they know.
Is this the airport right here? That's how I am getting to Disney World. This is the way we are driving to drop my car off.
Look, here is Chick-fil-a right by Hutchison. I can see the grass on the map. -Mary
This is the interstate. I'm going to draw a line to Nashville. Now we need to go back to Memphis. Oh! We passed Chick-fil-a. Let's stop here. -Reid
I see Germantown, Tennessee. That's where I live. -Ruthie
Let's take the interstate to New York!
Now I'm going to travel all the way back to Germantown because I want to go home. -Ruthie
I live on Gwynne Road. Is that it? Yes! That's it. -Reid
I see the roads that will take me home!
As our project continued, we tasked the girls with building a community. At the heart of our project was the idea of featuring the girl's favorite places in our community. We wanted this to be their community so that they would take ownership of the places we highlighted in our community. Look closely at our Memphis...it's our favorite!
There are so many houses.
Yeah, It's because it's a neighborhood.
I have a neighbor. She lives next to my house. She's really nice. Sometimes when Reid kicks a ball over the fence, she gives it back.
My neighbor has a pool and a swing set. It even has a playground too!
We need trees in our neighborhood...and roads! Let's connect all of our houses together . I will draw the roads between the houses.
We need a park too! Look at my slide...and my swings. I love going to the park.
My neighborhood has a round circle that we take walks on. Sometimes I take my water bottle and sit next to the tree....and I can climb the tree too.