One of my first graders was busy working on a floor puzzle of the United States this afternoon. At first he came up to me holding the state of Indiana and initially I was pretty impressed that he recognized our state. Then he said,
"My grandma lives here."
To which I reply,
"That's wonderful! You live here in Indiana too!"
"I live here too?"
I say, "Yes, we all live here. Our school is here too."
*Another blank stare.*
Then he says, "You live here too?"
Okay, I give up on this one. There's no explaining and it's just too early in the year to be doing something as abstract as maps when you're six.
A few minutes later this same kid comes up to me holding the state of Texas, which in this particular puzzle has its capital, Austin, marked with a star. He says,
"I SEE! THIS STAR IS WHERE AUSTIN LIVES! You know, our friend Austin!"
So apparently I need to teach map skills sooner than I planned.