Most people interact with places other than the places they're in almost every day-whether they're eating food or wearing clothes produced in another region or sharing information via telephone, newspaper, radio, TV, or Internet. The following activities are fun ways to learn about how people, products, and information move.
- Travel in as many different ways as you can: by foot, bicycle, car, bus, subway, train, airplane, ferry, and so on. Talk about the different routes each method of transportation takes. For example, ask your child how the walking route to his school differs from the driving route.
- Look around your house and find the origins of various objects. Look at clothing labels to learn where your clothes were made and think about where your food was produced. Ask your child questions like "Why are bananas grown in Central America?" and "Why does our milk come from a local dairy?"
- Talk about different ways people communicate with each other. Ask your child, "When would you use a phone? When would you write a letter? When would you send an e-mail?"