I think, sadly, we’re all guilty of assuming that everybody knows all about where they are living, but are not that familiar with where everybody else is from. For example, My partner and I not too long ago met a person from Sweden – who was completely stunned that some people reckoned there were polar bears walking around on the high streets of the cities in Sweden and that the capital city was Denmark… but then again she herself had no clue what the capital city of Bolivia is (we met in South Africa, both traveling to broaden our opinions) it quickly became apparent throughout our travels that there was a basic lack of geographical knowledge and it made me wonder, would a talking globe have been a benefit to all of the people we met when they were growing up? I would say the answer is a definite a yes!
Unfortunately, one particular country which is renowned for its terrible knowledge in geography is America, where apparently 6 out of 10 people today are not able to find Iraq on a world map – a country that has been in the news more than enough to be popular by the majority of people in the USA you would have thought. It is also fairly common for US citizens to think that Europe is a single country, not many distinct ones!
I wish my folks had been more clued up with what the earth looks like and exactly what countries are where – they are still entirely clueless! In spite of all my travels and efforts to up-date them with the developments in the world. I think, if they had tutored me more (and had the education to do so), I might have been much more understanding during my early traveling years, to the needs and cultures of people in different nations. It may also have made it much easier for me to explain to them why I had to go traveling and explore the entire world on my own, personal terms!
My grandfather had an old world globe in his living room, it was and still is among the most amazing ornaments I have ever seen, simply because it represented the planet to me when I was a little kid. Obviously, it was very old and outdated and I was not permitted to touch it.
Then when I had children of my own, I chose to get them into geography and to never keep this incredible knowledge from them. I found the idea of a talking globe to be mind-boggling – a means to educate and have fun at the same time! I ordered the Vtech Fly and Learn Globe for my little ones and they completely love it. They’re able to pretend to be on a plane with a friendly pilot who flies them across the world and they discover about all the wonders of the world, the unique languages and diverse music as they go! Fantastic!
Another Talking Globe I purchased is the Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Deluxe. It is fantastic for the whole family, as it provides challenging quiz games and interactive lessons as well as a facility to up-date directly from the Internet.
It is incredible how much owning a Talking Globe has changed our family – my children now know all about the countries I have visited, and which ones they might like to visit when they are older. It allows them to dream and imagine that they are soaring around the globe – what more could you possibly want?