10 CHAPTER 1
Where Am I?
Read Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney or Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow.
Ask children the name of their country, state, county, and city. Show children
a globe or large map, and point out the country, state, county, and city. On
a map that can remain displayed, highlight or outline the state or province
the children live in. Use a sticker to indicate the location of the city or town
where the school is located. If children come from other towns or suburbs, use
additional stickers to designate approximately where those places are. Show
children the states or cities where their relatives live, places they have gone on
vacation, and any location for which they tell you the name.
Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney or Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow, maps,
globes, a highlighter, stickers, names of children’s relatives’ towns, names of
children’s vacation sites, and children’s addresses
Provide each child with an index
card–size sheet of heavy paper with
their name and address, and explain
what it is. Read the addresses to
them, and see if they recognize any
of the letters or numbers. Sing the ad-
dresses with them. Make up a cheer
using their addresses, and include
hand motions. Encourage children
to decorate their cards, leaving the
address visible. Make copies of the
address cards for use in labeling
block buildings, making puzzles, and
carrying out other projects of interest
to the children.
AL Create or acquire a local map on
which you can mark where each
child and teacher in the class lives.
Assist children in locating their ad-
dress on the map, cutting out their
face from a photograph, and gluing
the photograph on their address.
Help children see who lives closest to
them and who lives the farthest from
them. Add to the map other marks of
locations that children may recognize
(parks, libraries, restaurants).
AMP Encourage children to write a letter
or draw a picture to mail to them-
selves. Provide envelopes, and assist
children in writing their address in
the correct space. Give them a stamp
to affix. Take children to a mail drop
to deposit their letters.