Our firsties recently read the book Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. They always love this story. Last year, I had a really hard time conveying the concept of living on our planet, hemisphere, continent, country, state, and town all at the same time. I always got the "that just blew my mind" look.
This year we took it slow. We used concentric circles and started with the largest circle and began talking about our planet.
The next day we reviewed the details about our planet and added a slightly smaller circle and discussed our continent. We also sang our continent song. LOVE it!
Then a smaller circle for our state.
Our town was the next circle followed by a circle for ourselves!
I love first grade self portraits.