In our home Geography starts at a pretty young age because it's taught incidentally as we hike, drive, and take family walks. The mountains are to the west out Dad and Mom's window. Look how the stream flows into that pond where our ducks live. Are we to the mountains yet? No, these are the foothills, they will gradually become the Rocky Mountains. To get home do we turn right or left? It's largely conversation and observation.
We have World and United States maps hanging on our dining room wall, making them a part of many mealtime conversations, and we look intentionally at maps that tie in with our school readings and our prayer times. But around 6 or 7 each child begins making their own maps. As Mason discusses, we start within our child's personal sphere. In our case, their bedroom.
"Then, again, geography should be learned chiefly from maps. Pictorial readings and talks introduce him to the subject, but so soon as his geography lessons become definite they are to be learned, in the first place, from the map. This is an important principle to bear in mind. The child who gets no ideas from considering the map, say of Italy or of Russia, has no knowledge of geography, however many facts about places he may be able to produce. Therefore he should begin this study by learning the meaning of a map and how to use it. He must learn to draw a plan of his schoolroom, etc., according to scale, go on to the plan of a field, consider how to make the plan of his town, and be carried gradually from the idea of a plan to that of a map; always beginning with the notion of an explorer who finds the land and measures it, and by means of sun and stars, is able to record just where it is on the earth's surface, east or west, north or south." ~Charlotte Mason, Home Education.
Charlotte Mae made her bedroom map during Year 2. She measured with blocks and charted on graph paper, making sure to be a careful and precise explorer.