Geography : Geography And Spatial Awareness

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Geography Birth -2 years Outside Play – Direction (Livestrong, n.d.) This inquiry and exploratory artefact encourages and supports children to explore their surroundings with enthusiasm and supports directional concepts. Educators engage in meaningful conversations about position, size and direction; up, down, big, small, behind and in front of. Conversing using explicitly directional and positioning words provides this age group with meaning for words and their corresponding actions that relate to geographical vocabulary (Marsh and Hart 2003). Extending infants’ awareness of their surroundings by providing them with a natural playground filled with natures gifts will assist in beginning their journey into the subject of geography (Bliss, 2011). Geography fosters spatial awareness by exploring distances and connects children to nature providing them with an appreciation and understanding of their natural environment (Bliss, 2011; DEEWR, LO 2.4, 2009). Geography provides children of this age with a sense of self identification and sense of place as it provides them with the concepts of belonging and identity (Bliss, 2011; DEEWR, LO 1, 2009). Educators facilitate and support children’s understanding and concepts of geography as these experiences form the foundations in supporting curiosity, exploration and appreciation for their natural environment and how we are all connected. Children in this age group use their senses to explore and whilst not fully comprehending
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