Do you know the difference between a hamlet and a village? If asked, would you be able to describe a table-land? Let’s start with an easy one, draw an archipelago. Not so simple, is it? Face it, even for us adults, geography can be a challenge; especially when it includes vocabulary not covered on a weekly – much less daily – basis.
Right before the holidays, I found a wonderful resource to assist with basic geographical terms. Bancrofts’ Pictorial Chart of Geographical Definition is simply lovely. Bancrofts’ Pictorial Chart shows the earth geographically delineated and displayed. Includes rivers, mountain chains, seas, oceans, islands, bays, city and town, etc. Also shows canals, bridges, railways, buildings, etc. Approximately created in 1870, this map is a treasure by Bancroft Company.
As an added bonus, I found the map in David Rumsey’s Historical Map Collection, another incredible resource for our virtual homeschool shelf.
The historical map collection has over 65,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe,Asia,Africa, Pacific and the World.
Popular collection categories are celestial, antique atlas,globe,school geography,maritime chart,state,county,city,pocket,wall & case,children’s, and manuscript maps. Search examples: Pictorial maps, United States maps, Geology maps,California map,Afghanistan map,America map,New York City map,Chicago map, and U.S. Civil War maps. Browse map categories: What, Where, Who, When. The collection is used to study history, art, genealogy, explorations, and family history.
~ David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Bancrofts’ Pictorial Chart will be used often in our homeschooling routine. We are blessed to have found it and couldn’t wait to share this newfound resource with you. David Rumsey’s Historical Map Collection is also proving to be quite useful. I can’t wait to start plugging this into our lessons.
Maps are lots of fun. With this vast collection to explore, we’ll be busy for quite some time!
Time to Chime In: We’d love to hear about your favorite geography resources. Post links, photos, and curriculum ideas that you highly recommend.