Today is the first day of Geography Awareness Week, made official by a Presidential proclamation in 1987.
Geography Awareness Week 2009 explores the world through mapping. As a parent, the campaign urges you to help your children find your continent in giant tile maps, find your country in political outline maps or encourage your preschooler to help you find your local area on a map.
The folks at National Geographic are leading a national campaign called MyWonderfulWorld.com. They point out that too often, people only think about maps when they want to get away. Don’t wait for your next vacation to break out a map! Maps allow you to explore the world without leaving the comfort of your home. See how close, or how far away, friends and family live. The MyWonderfulWorld website has a special section for children with links for you and your child to explore together.