Montessori schools focus on hands-on learning with specifically designed materials that allow students to understand the world through methodical and self-directed work. According to Montessori play is work and the explorations of children are what ultimately lead to learning and understanding. As with all things Montessori students begin with the concrete and move to the abstract. Montessori: Map Work introduces readers to the seven continents via textured edges to trace with their fingers modes of transportation between each one for spatial context and illustrated native animals for relevant and meaningful associations. Young children will absorb the age-appropriate geography and gain a better sense of their place in the world.