Above is the shower curtain in the girls' bathroom (it's so great!). Each time Mary goes potty we sing the continents song (a silly version of the Montessori one) and point to the different ones.
I made a little DIY continent map, with help from this site. In the Geography chapter of Leigh Bortins's book The Core, she has great ideas for beginning to draw the continents. I used some of her suggestions by drawing the lines of latitude, but since Mary is still a little young and can't draw herself, I cut out the continents from glitter foam (glitter just makes everything more fun!). Then I printed out some labels from The Montessori Print Shop (great instant downloads, and the labels are free), printed a control card for her to look at for help, and viola! We now have our very own continent map in a box!
Okay, it's confession time: Although I do love my little homemade map, I have not introduced it to Mary yet. I want to make sure she's really confident about the names and general locations from our potty-time review (that's so silly to think about, but it actually works for us! ha!) before I bring this out. We had a super-really-horrific experience with writing when I started her too early, so I absolutely want to avoid a repeat of our Handwriting WITH Tears incident. But, she's almost there, so I do anticipate playing and learning with this map before CC officially begins in about a month.
I also have these great maps and labels pictured above printed, laminated, and ready to go for more fun review. Speaking of laminating, I have been doing a LOT of that lately!
Thanks to Brandy over at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood for putting together the Classical Conversations Blog Carnival! Be sure to check out her amazing site; it's where I go whenever I have a CC question, so like everyday pretty much. ;)