Our planet, the physical ‘structures’ of our material world , and the human experience of all people from around the world are part of a focus area called Geography and Culture.   Geography and Culture can be seen throughout the classroom, especially in the Language and Sensorial areas. The Globes, Puzzle Maps of the Continents, and the Land Forms exercises are all part of the study of geography with a component of language attached to each one of them.  In a Montessori classroom, geography also has a strong, significant human component that we often refer to as Culture.  It includes the study of our physical environment and how we exist on this planet.  We absolutely need clean air, water and plants for our existence  and share with the children their role as a mere part of the web of life.  Geography extends beyond the name of a place, land, or body of water in spoken language through Enrichment of Vocabulary.  The Guide tells true stories about the world and nurtures conversations about other continents and countries while providing worldly artifacts. Food, clothing, photographs, and the language of a people are shared. Most Geography exercises in the classroom connect the manipulative experience in the Sensorial Area to the Language of our physical, cultural, and contemporary world.  It is language that truly expands the geography experience.  Of course, we hope to inspire travel and exploration of our planet through Geography and Culture as well as share with the children the vast similarities we truly have with our fellow Earthlings.