A mix on classical Montessori geography and Reggio Loose Parts? Oh, no!
Oh, yes! It is way cool. In the past I have used the common three bottles filled with dirt, water and air and the matching animal cards. And with this I do give the traditional intro using the globe to describe the land, ocean and being surrounded by air.
But then I deviate using cut paper, a painted shell on canvas and a Lego cave ( horrors to a purist ) simply laid on a large floor mat
Then we lay out the land part which is rocks, the ocean part which are shells and the air part which is cotton ball clouds. Labels for land, air and water are added.
The animals come next.
Last the vehicles cards are talked about and added.
The old way is classic, but this way is so interactive and takes much thought and consideration in placing all the objects.
I love it.