Current Affairs Calendar Maps Symbols & Flags

Current affairs (noun) Definition: Events of political or social interest and importance happening in the world at the present time.

Natural disaster(noun) Definition: An event such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane that causes great damage or loss of life.

Event (noun)  Definition: A thing that happens or takes place, especially one of importance

Devastating hurricanes,  earthquakes, wildfires and floods wreak havoc on our world and fill our news feed and reports.  There are threats, attacks and wars loom.  People riot and protest and terrorists cause death and destruction.  New presidents and world leaders are elected. Countries and politics change. Heroes save lives and humanitarian aid rescues those in distress. This is current affairs

It is good to keep a record of current affairs, natural disasters and other major events happening around the world.  By regularly taking note of current affairs, your children will significantly enrich their general knowledge.  By placing world news, extreme weather disturbances, disasters and major events onto a map your children will form meaningful connections to their Geography, History and Social Studies lessons. 

Simply use my maps, flags and blank calendar page download found on my Packages Page), or simply clip news articles and photos to a bulletin board or onto a map each week.

I have completely updated my Current Affairs download for you.  (You can find a free Current Affairs sampler on my post – Notice Board Current Affairs .)

This brand new 19-page Package download includes ~

  • world maps
  • political maps for each continent with countries identified
  • thumbnail-sized flags for every country,
  • symbols for natural and man-made disasters to use on maps
  • colour-codes to highlight different events on the calendar
  • blank calendar pages to use to record significant events each month.
  • Filled-in current affairs calendar from January to September 2017 which I  compiled using Wikipedia.  These events have hyperlinks so that you can simply click the link to read the full articles.
  • The calendar is not dated, so it is a perpetual calendar download which you can print out each year as needed.

You can use the symbols and colour codes to mark these events on your world map or on the calendar.  Add country’s flags if you wish.  Cut out and paste newspaper clippings to add to your current affairs boards.  This is a quick, 10-minute lesson once a week.  We posted our current affairs pages on a clipboard on our Notice Board for quick and easy reference.

While this current affairs topic list is aimed at senior primary school to high school children, you can modify what events you cover to suit your children’s ages and interests.  Please note: Terrorist activity, wars and violence can be very disturbing for children.  Please use your discretion when these topics.

Please support me and purchase this 19-page download on my Packages Page

Here are some good current affairs websites ~

Blessings, Nadene

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Calendar & Map of Major Events in 2011

Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico near i...Do you discuss current events with your children?

As we draw to the close of 2011,

I wanted to capture the defining moments of the year

on a calendar and a world map.

So much happened this year  ~

  • earthquakes
  • tsunami – devastated much of Japan
  • nuclear disaster – caused by Japan’s tsunami
  • volcanoes erupted
  • volcanic ash clouds – stopped air travel
  • hurricanes
  • tornadoes
  • major political events – dictators killed, governments overthrown, revolutions
  • important economic events – e.g.: Financial recession & Euro fears
  • Significant social events – e.g.: Prince William & Katherine’s wedding, celebrity deaths

I prepared this activity for an end-of-year overview for my middle-school and high school children.

I think I will prepare these pages for next year and we could fill in events on a world map as the year progresses when we discuss current events.

You could keep record of natural disasters and extreme weather on a separate map.  As these disasters happen, your child could do a unity study or a research project on them.

Older children can follow important political changes, and note major economical and social events.

Here’s my free download ~

Natural Disasters Major Events 2011

Included in this download are ~

  1. World map with events entered with symbols (grace please for any errors or omissions 😉 )
  2. Calendar with colour-coded details in each month 
  3. A blank calendar page
  4. Blank world map
  5. References and internet links  (Disclaimer:   I found information on major events and dates from most my information from Wikipedia and other sites, but I do NOT endorse or necessarily agree with any view points or comments from any of these sites.)

The world is in times of extreme change.

We need to be watchful and pray.


Fun with Maps

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Here are some fun ideas for revising the world map.

We sang the Oceans and Continents song from our Geography Songs CD from Sonlight.

I gave the girls a large 9 page world map which they had to assemble. gives many print out options – print out sizes so large that it will print on up to 64 pages!  I printed the world map out on 9 pages and it was pretty challenging for my 8-year-old!

Then we labeled the map.

Then we played “Twister” calling out places with right or left hands and feet!

Geography "Twister"

Physical activity is fun, and it has a multi-sensory approach.  This helps young learners.

Most young children are kinesthetic learners = they need to move to learn new and difficult information.

Most young children learn in the following order:

  • From BIG to small
  • From 3D to 2D
  • From concrete to abstract

Maps are abstract, 2 dimensional representations. We need to teach maps from a large clear globe, then find the same shapes on a large, clear, coloured map.  From this, show them the atlas and smaller maps.

Twister is an excellent game to reinforce “left” and “right”, “up” and “down” which is vital spatial skills in all map work.

Advance the skills needed and adapt “Twister”- call out compass directions; call out “West/ East, North/South instead of “Left/Right, up/down”.

Review map work regularly.

After completing all the exciting physical games (and they only need about 15 minutes) we return to the desk to label and write in our minibooks and notebook pages.

Visit my Geography pages to view all the free downloads. 🙂

You can find other free maps and downloads here:

Treasure hunt and Letterboxing!

Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places.

It is a recognized international activity where participants use clues which describe directions and landmarks to find a hidden treasure box. (Read more here.) Once the box is found, the participants imprint their own personal rubber stamp in the log book, write in the date with their “trail name” and then use the stamp in the box to stamp a record their “find” in their own personal log book.

We have enjoyed making our own treasure maps for Geography!  Now it was time to try Letterboxing here at home.

To help the children create their Letterbox Clues using very detailed instructions to find the “letterbox”, I created Treasure Hunt clue words which has lists of sentence starters, order words, a few verbs and lists of prepositions.  The 2nd page has sentence starters with colour-coded blanks to insert the right words for their clues.  Using this, the girls quickly wrote down their clues.

This written activity covers several concepts:

  • directions
  • compass work (not used in this lesson)
  • order words

Language skills such as:

  • adverbs for time
  • prepositions
  • verbs or action words
  • objects

To reinforce prepositions, we played some bean bag games.  They took turns using the preposition list to call out some bean bag position. What fun!  [And sneaky ~ they were practicing auditory processes (listening and following oral instructions), directionality (up/down/left/right), spatial awareness (in front, under), body awareness (good for young children – left foot, elbow, ear lobe!)]

Playing preposition games with bean bags

Next, we made our rubber stamps.  Letterboxing Kids gives an easy method of cutting rubber stamps, but I let the girls draw the image on their rubbers and I cut them for them with a super-sharp craft knife.  (The same site has a unique and easy way of making foam stamps!)

Making a rubber stamp

Foam stamps glued back-to-front on a sponge

We needed a Letterbox Log Book for each child and one for the treasure box, and I created these using a “hot dog” mini book template.

“Hot dog” book folded on all lines and cut in middle

“Hot dog” minibook folded lengthways and pressed to form diamond. Squeeze together and fold pages so front cover is in front.

Treasure box with log book, pencil, stamp pad and rubber stamp

Now the girls played Letterboxing!  They crawled under and over things, turned left and right, counted paces, moved forwards or backwards until they found the treasure box.  They made their stamps in the log books and loved every minute of this lesson!

Treasure log book’s entries

Isn’t homeschool fun?

Having fun with maps!

Hands-on makes learning such fun!

Finding the right directions on a treasure map

We are really enjoying  K-2 Maps Rev 1 I downloaded this pdf. from Intellego Unit Studies and K-2 Maps Rev 1 has plenty of online links, videos, as well as worksheets to print out and suggestions for a variety of hands-on activities for each concept.

Last week the girls had to make an aged treasure map.  They hid a little “treasure” somewhere in the house and had to mark clues, landmarks and number of steps and directions to find each other’s treasure.  It was a great learning experience!

Today we made maps, to scale, of their bedrooms.  My 10-year-old pretended she was an interior decorator and was so professional!  We are building some useful skills for possible careers ~ isn’t that wonderful?