Every so often I get asked what items I consider essential in a school room. Of course, there are all the obvious options. Paper, pencils, printers, copiers, and computers are just a few of the things people consider essential for education these days.
Me, being me, I like to give the not-so-obvious answer. So, today, in an effort to have a shorter, more light-hearted post, let me answer the all-consuming question:
What do I consider essential for a school room???
Wait for it.
I know you’re just dying for the answer.
Here it is:
But not just any globe.
A globe that removes from its stand.
Impressive, right!?! I can hear you all now in my head. However did we manage to educate without a globe that lifts from its stand? Let me tell you. I remember those dark days. I remember trying to lift the globe to find Antarctica and instead finding a knobby post running right through it. I remember trying to show students the distance between America and Europe only to have my fingers almost sliced off as the bar whipped around the Earth.
Not safe, people.
Definitely, not safe!
Think of all the things you can do with ease when the globe lifts from its stand. You can show latitude and longitude. You can discuss distance and see more accurate sizes of countries than on a flat map. The world opens up when you can pick it up! You just might need to keep the kids from using it as a soccer ball…
...a self-avowed "Wander Woman," homeschools her three children while traipsing the globe with her Army Chaplain husband. Her third greatest passion, falling below her love for God and family, is empowering other parents to teach their children.