**We will also start off the year with the First and Second Great Lessons. It has been nearly two years since we did the First Great Lesson (coming of the universe and Earth) and a year since our Second Great Lesson (Coming of Life-the geologic timeline). I plan to do these presentations and all the drama over a two or three-day period. If you want to learn more you can visit Miss Barbara's Great Lessons page or Montessori Albums Great Lessons pages or explore the links put together by Montessori Mom. I think these lessons are really useful for giving the kids a broad overview of the universe, the world and life. Having this broad overview, they can then better understand how smaller ideas and details fit into the big picture. I like the idea that the kids gain a picture of how they fit into the universe and the immense timeline of life.
**Review of the World -- continents and oceans (this is new for ED), continent song
**USA in relation to the world --
North America mapwork, What is the country like?
How big is it?
What are the major rivers, mountains and bays?
USA pinmap What is the climate like?
What are its neighbors? (and perhaps Rock the Capitals, Central America to go along with this)
**This unit also seemed perfect since in the early elementary years there's an emphasis of taking children out into the world for real-life experiences. This unit takes advantage of our location here on the East Coast. We have plans to see the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, White House, Washington Monument, and Mt. Vernon (and perhaps other places, but we'll see -- that's already quite ambitious!!)