Growing up my brother had a map of the world next to his bed. He knew all the countries and their locations at a very young age because of it. When I was a kid we had a map of Lake Winnipesaukee on the wall across from the toilet and I tell you what, you need to know your way around that Lake, I'm your gal. Not because I cared, but because I stared at it a couple times a day and it just seeped into my brain.
When Chris and I travelled this summer, we decided to put a big US map up in Drew's room. (Thanks, Jay, for the gorgeous map!) It's on the ceiling above her bed. She loved it as she could track our travels. Manteca to Atlanta to Boston to Salt Lake City to Fresno. We marked everything with a pin so she could see where we were. I figure by just looking at it everynight, she'll get to know the geography of the US in no time.
This is my dream room for the kids. Some kids would totally dig it. Like William, he'd love it. Drew? I'm not sure. And Lauren is being groomed this way but who knows. Anyway, isn't this awesome? And it's just pretty in it's own way, don't you think?