Introducing Geography to Children of All Ages with the Collins Primary and Picture Atlases

It will be a few years before my son first starts school. As it stands now, we are planning on having him homeschooled. I can't help, but get excited at the thought of it all! Being able to have a major role in my own child's education is a huge deal to me. Right now, I enjoy being able to incorporate what I like to call a preschool at home atmosphere. Even though he is still young, he's taken quite a liking to science and geography–in his own age-appropriate way of course. I recently received two books that are going to prove extremely useful throughout our many homeschooling years–the Collins Primary Atlas and Picture Atlas.

Collins Maps allow you to explore the world through accurate and up-to-date mapping created by Collins UK, a leading information-led publisher of illustrated and narrative nonfiction.

Designed for use in the classroom or at home, this revised edition includes informative politically colored reference mapping of all major world regions. Providing an introduction to mapping of all major regions of the world, this reference includes information on map reading skills, the meaning of scale and measuring distances. The reference maps are informative, politically colored, and easy to read with national capitals and major cities easily identifiable. The maps are supported with national flags and basic national statistics. Continental maps are linked to the regional mapping and are supported by a selection of aerial and terrestrial photographs. Continental relief maps show layer coloring and major physical features are highlighted. The index uses a simple grid reference system, and a selection of web addresses is included to help with further study.

The Primary Atlas is a soft covered book intended for children ages seven and up. Don't let the soft cover fool you–this atlas has all of the makings of a hardcover book with gorgeous photos and illustrations, along with tons of important extras.

Kids will receive a complete introduction to mapping by learning all of the major aspects of reading an atlas, including:

  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Hemispheres and Grids
  • Map Symbols, Names, and Distance Scales
  • Landscapes and other Physical Attributes
  • And Much More!

This atlas even has an area that covers the solar system and the scientific explanation for changes in our seasons. Of course, I can't forget to mention the beautifully illustrated maps that include major details such as land/sea levels, capital cities, airports/railways, etc. Each map even displays images of corresponding country flags.

There are a lot of great text books out there that cover the subject of geography. The Primary Atlas is not a text book, but an equally important tool to have nonetheless. Whether your child is learning the subject in school or simply enjoys partaking in extracurricular learning, this one has it all. If you are looking for a good age-appropriate world atlas that goes above and beyond the basics, I highly recommend picking this one up.

A beautifully illustrated picture atlas designed to take children on an exciting journey around the world. The atlas opens with the continents, then presents a world view of countries before exploring deeper into each country and the exciting places to visit within each. The maps are clear, colorful and perfect for children to explore the world and let their imaginations run riot. This book is ideal for home or school and finding out more about the world while also helping to develop essential reading skills.

I love love love the Picture Atlas! Yes that's three "loves" and maybe I should add a few more. It's one of my favorites in my son's collection of educational books and I think it's his, too. Never have I come across such a clever way to introduce the subject of geography to little ones.

Like the Primary Atlas, the Picture Atlas takes children on a journey through the many amazing aspects of geography. The only difference is that this one is made specifically for younger children and is chock full of fun cartoon illustrations, which include but are not limited to animals, country folklore and traditions, topography, and much more!

This is a hardcover that almost resembles a picture book and has tons of educational material that can keep little ones entertained for hours. The book begins with an overall view of the world to introduce countries, continents, and landscapes. It then moves on to more detailed maps of individual continents and areas of the world. Each section even includes extra pages of fun facts about each location for children to read about.

The Picture Atlas also includes a table of contents and index for simple searches of specific locations. Overall this book is amazing and offers a great way to introduce geography to young children. My son and I sit for long periods of time going over the many different attributes from each part of the world. The smile on his face as we flip through this book is priceless.

Even if your child is not necessarily studying geography at the moment, both the Primary Atlas and Picture Atlas, are excellent tools to have. If your child is under seven, I recommend starting them off with the Picture Atlas. Trust me–they are going to love it! Older children and young teens will really enjoy the Primary Atlas and all of the valuable information it has to offer. Whether or not you're homeschooling, or your child simply has a thing for studying countries and/or maps, you are going to want to put these on their wishlist.