Why This Geography Map is Perfect for Homeschooling
Hajime Narukawa has created a map of the world that will turn your homeschool geography curriculum upside down. It fits in excellent with a Montessori homeschool approach and will surely get kids excited about active learning about our world. For decades we have used various updated versions of this classic map:
While familiar, it is an inaccurate depiction of the actual size, shape, and layout of Earth. It’s quite difficult to accurately depict something round on a flat, rectangular surface. The above map does an ok job but vastly distorts the size of the oceans (especially the Pacific), makes Africa way too small, and Greenland drastically too large. Antarctica is barely represented on the maps we’re all used to, when in reality it’s one of the largest continents.
Narukawa’s creation is, perhaps, the most accurate map you could include in your homeschool studies. Called the AuthaGraph, this map divides the world into 96 sections, is then projected onto an inflated tetrahedron which unfolded become a rectangle. It was a multi-step process that resulted in what may the most accurate world map ever created. It won the Grand Award from Japan’s Good Design Awards and is now featured in student’s textbooks across Japan.
As you can see, “AuthaGraph faithfully represents all oceans [and] continents, including neglected Antarctica,” according to the Good Design Awards, and shows “an advanced precise perspective of our planet.” This one-of-a-kind map can even be manipulated to feature any point of the world at the center and still be accurate.
Still a work in progress, Narukawa states some areas are still distorted. However, this map is great for homeschoolers to provide a more accurate view of our world. It would also be an interesting launching point for your children to compare the standard map to what is more accurate. One of the creator’s goals was to accurately depict the areas near to poles so as to raise awareness of rapidly melting ice caps.
What do you think of this unique and revolutionary map? Is it a teaching tool you’d use in your homeschool classroom? Comment below if you think so!