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The Map on my Family Room Wall

Did anyone ever see that little girl on Oprah who knew all of her countries before she was two years old?  Here’s the Utube Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP7JHp0k10o

When I saw that a few years ago, I immediately went out to buy a map for Bruce.  But then for one reason or another, I never got around to doing anything with it.  It’s been sitting on top of my dresser  for three years!  Yesterday, I finally dragged it out again and hung it up on our family room wall with blue masking tape.  It looks hideously ugly, but is had a child’s eye level.

I don’t exactly have a plan on this one, it’s more like I’m flying by the seat of my pants.  My aunt and uncle are in Sweden right now, so I might start with Sweden and the USA.  That will make things meaningful for Jenna.  Bruce has suggested getting “Stack the Countries” for the Ipod touch, and I agreed but told him he has to finish “Stack the States” first.  He only has four more states to go and will have won the game. 

My own geographical knowledge pales in comparison to my husband and his two sisters who know almost every single country down cold.  The had a middle school teacher who was really focused on geography and was able to teach every kid in his class 100% knowledge of the map.  I’ll have to ask my husband how this was accomplished!

By contrast, when I was in 7th grade my teacher, Mr. Bowles, had us perform Shakespeare, act out the trial of Galileo, and create a medieval faire.  We also participated in Junior Model United Nations.  All of those were really excellent and inspiring activities, but my geography abilities aren’t too hot.

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