This past weekend was Father’s Day and my middle son, Gage’s birthday. What did we do? We all learned how to use a compass! How? By Orienteering Scavenger Hunts using a map and compass. As you probably have already read, in our Paths of Exploration Columbus Unit: Lesson 1, Part 1 study, we learned about the compass. We did all the worksheets for the compass in our POE student notebook, we printed out a great compass work from Montessori Print Shop. We even made our own compass… but we didn’t learn how to use one, especially when using bearings and degrees. That’s where orienteering comes into play. On Father’s Day, my hubby David was busy setting up a scavenger hunt for the boys and their best friend, Austin! Each received their own packet, which contained, a compass and directions to find a treasure at the end of their individual courses.
Once outside, they each opened their packets and read through their direction. After studying their packet a minute or two, they all decided they needed another lesson that was practical instead of theoretical … good thing that is our educational philosophy. In our homeschool and on our farm, it’s all about hands-on learning, we learn it while doing it!
Chase was the first to finish! They all loved this project and each found their treasure successfully. More importantly, they loved learning how to use a compass and hunting for an object … see the smile on Chase’s face! For those curious, here is the compass we got for each of the boys. They were not expensive and Silva is highly regarded in the orienteering world. They all worked well and were easy to use and read.
Did you know Orienteering is considered a competitive sport? Here is a link to one of the Orienteering sites to teach you more about this fun sport. There are many orienteering teams around the US too, but unfortunately, none in TN or MS. Here is a link to see if they have one in your area. If you decide to do this with your children, please post a link to your post below! The boys LOVED the scavenger hunt and my hubby loved setting up the course! We will be doing this again and soon! Here are a few more pictures of the boys in action:
One final note, we learned today that one of the authors of Paths of Exploration, Debbie Strayer passed away over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and the good folks at Geography Matters!!!
Until Next Time…