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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Why Globes are Still So Important and Meaningful for Today's Children

Many people these days just don't appreciate the power of globes. Unfortunately, many of these are children, but in today's social-media driven and Internet-connected world, globes provide a variety of vital cultural understanding advantages. Read on to find out why globes are meaningful today and why your child's access to one of these vital educational tools can be beneficial.
Students are Lagging Behind in Geography
It's old news, but it's not getting any better: children are failing at geography. As test scores continually plummet, many children struggle to point out their home state on a globe, let alone the countries around the globe that have been the center of so many current events.
Globes can help boost your child's geography skills by giving them an accurate rendering of the world. This is especially true if you buy a more updated globe: while our school globes may have been useful to us in 1981, children are going to be confused by the inclusion of the Soviet Union, Eastern European changes and the renaming of other key areas.
Hugg A Planet
Hugg A Planet
Helps Make Connections Between Current Events
As mentioned many children suffer from is a lack of perspective on the current events that are shaping their lives. Simply put, they can't possibly grasp that impact if they can't visualize the location. And that's problematic: as these children grow into the leaders of the world, a lack of cultural perspective may lead them to inaccurate understandings.
A globe will instantly give them a better grasp on these events by putting the world into perspective. For example, you could point out where countries are located in the middle east to give them a better understanding of where so many of our soldiers are located or have served their country.
Helps a Child Gain Global Perspective
Earth & Constellations Globe
Beyond the impact a globe has a child's understanding of current events, it can also serve as a reminder of just how big the Earth is and the distance between various countries. For example you could point out China, a country that is almost literally around the world, and discuss how different life is over there for children their age.
Next, point out more isolated locations, such as Australia or the Galapagos Islands, and teach them about the animals specific to their regions. Simply hearing about the Tasmanian Devil is pretty cool, but seeing where it makes its home (and how far that is from their home) will engage a child and create a more global perspective that can't be beat.
Useful Travel Guide
If your child has traveled with your across the world or just the country, you can use a globe as a way to show where they've been. After all, sitting in a car or flying in a plane for hours doesn't give you an accurate perspective of the great distances you've traveled.
For example, if you're from Maine and you drove your children to California, you can point out your route and indicate each state they've visited. Discuss the cities where you stopped and briefly remember what you did there to give your child a more thorough understanding of the nation.
Pioneer Globe
Look Cool as a Decoration
All right, this point isn't nearly as serious as the others, but it's still relevant. Globes simply look cool in any kid's room. They are large, round, colorful, and simply dominate the eye. If your child is looking for an immediate boost in room style, try a globe. Better yet, consider investing in one that lights up in the dark: these make cool reading lamps or night lights.
Clearly, the world of globes is much more complex and emotionally powerful than one would have ever imagined. Their benefits are hard to deny, which is why you should feel free to contact us or visit our online store if you're interested in owning a globe. We offer a wide variety of style options that should be right for you and your home.
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