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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Geography: How the Sun Shows Direction

" When he is prepared by a little observation of the course of the sun, he is ready to take in the idea of direction, which depends entirely upon the sun." -Charlotte Mason, Home Education, Vol. I, p. 74
For our lesson in geography this week we first talked about how the way to a place is called "direction," and that in order to find a place, we must know in what direction from us the place lies. We talked about how the names for directions are north, south, east and west.
"Of course the two first ideas are that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; from this fact he will be able to tell the direction in which the places near his own home, or the streets of his own town lie." -Charlotte Mason, Home Education, Vol. 1, p.74
Then we talked about how the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. We imagined the sun rising and setting and posted the letters E and W in the correct directions. Then they learned that when their right hand is pointing in the east and left hand to the west, their face is toward the north and their back is toward the south. We then posted those signs, too. Then I asked all sorts of questions to test their new knowledge of directions; "Suppose the wind is blowing from the north, in what direction will the smoke go? What is the direction of the post office from our house?..."

  • Home Geography for Primary Grades, Charlotte Mason

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