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The continents

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The continents

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A continent is a very large land mass. We usually say that there are seven continents in our world - Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, Oceania/Australasia, and Antartica. Although Europe and Asia are one continuous land mass, we count them as two continents.

In Ireland, we are at the western edge of the continent of Europe.

Most of the continents have lots of different countries in them. For example, Africa has 54 individual countries. Russia belongs to both Asia and Europe. If your child is curious, have a look at this list of all the countries listed under their continent

Find out more interesting facts and figures about the continents in this video.   

The land masses on earth were not always this shape and size. A long time ago they were all joined together, and they are still moving very slowly. Learn more about the shifting continental plates in this interesting video from PBS Learning. For a map of the continental plates from Wikipedia, click on the download link in the top right corner. 

 

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    It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.

  • How can I do more?

    It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.

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