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Map skills are acquired skills and the best way to acquire them is through practice. Here are some simple and fun ways you can help your children acquire and improve their map skills.
How to Help Your Child Improve His Map Skills
Key takeaways from today’s show:
When to teach map skills
- It is never too early to begin teaching map skills, but keep it age-appropriate.
- The best way to learn is through hands-on practice such as vacations, errands around town, field trips, or visits to a theme park or museum.
- Practice also when reading a story or playing a game.
How to teach map skills
- Google Maps and Google Earth
- Make a map
- Assist with navigation
- Follow along on a map on a phone or printed map
- Laminate a map and trace the route
- Plan a route—on trips, bus routes on vacation, or a trip around town
- Request travel guides (here is a state-by-state list of where to request them)
Maps skills to teach
- Grids and coordinates
- Directions/compass rose
- Reading a map key or legend
- Determining the distance between mile marker symbols
- Checking traffic and rerouting as needed
What do you think?
Do you incorporate learning map skills in your day?
What activities or games does your family use and enjoy the most?
Let us know in the comments below!
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