I am nearing the end of my Elementary Montessori training, with hopes of starting an Elementary classroom soon. I'm currently working on the Cultural Geography album. It has been fascinating watching the progression of materials from Primary into Elementary. I spend a great deal of time working on the Puzzle Maps in my Primary classroom. By age four, most of the students have mastered the World Puzzle Map and can locate and name all of the continents. By mid-kindergarten, many of the students have created their own maps and are now choosing to memorize the countries. The progression of materials into Elementary is absolutely seamless. Not only do these 6, 7, and 8-year-olds memorize the countries, they also memorize all of the capital cities and flags. The primary piece of material used to teach these concepts is known as the Flat Pin Maps. This might be a nice material for homeschooling parents to consider when facing the task of teaching the world's countries and capitals. Obviously, this material is an investment (when purchasing all of the continents), and I look forward to the day when my school has access to this tremendous resource. Here is a link to the Pin Maps of North America only.