Today is World Book Day, and a perfect day to introduce geography and multicultural concepts to young children with some great books for learning about the world. Why not combine two celebrations into one by celebrating books and our world in which we live with some great books that teach geography and multicultural concepts that are necessary for successful living in our world today?
Research has shown that our students in later grades are somewhat lacking in geography skills. Early childhood educators have the opportunity to introduce these skills in their classroom so that students can learn the basics in early grades to take with them and build on knowledge in later grades. The new Common Core that is now in full implementation in the Sarasota County School System includes new National Geography Standards beginning in kindergarten. The new guide for teaching geography skills is designed to help teachers teach concepts, skills, and the components to help children become geographically literate. Geography skills that are being taught in the updated Common Core curriculum are blended with English language arts and the connection to geography. The guide is in partnership with National Geographic education. Concepts that must be presented are highlighted where instruction must take place. Parents can learn more about the Common Core Standards for geography by logging on at the website for Sarasota County Schools. Sarasota County Schools have combined the new Common Core standards with the Sunshine State Standards to teach geography skills beginning in kindergarten.
Some great choices for combining World Book Day and books about our world are reviewed in the following List. The Listed books are recommended for young children from kindergarten-through 3rd grade.