How does one study Antarctica? In a Montessori environment we begin the study of continents by using the beautiful continent maps. Antarctica is unique for many reasons. One is that it is not divided up into separate countries. We don't have a puzzle to represent Antarctica so we decided to give a concrete experience by freezing water and explaining the characteristics to the children.
The children were also shown different animals that can be on the land and ones only in the water around Antarctica. Although this is a cold work, the children seem to enjoy playing with the animals on the ice.
This can be a two person work which helps to foster social skills and sharing!