Even though we don’t do it much anymore these days, the ability to read a compass is still a valuable skill to have. Sure, there are apps for this purpose but teaching your kids how to do it the old fashioned way can be a great way to spend time with them and share knowledge from one generation to another.
1. Learn To Navigate.
Even with GPS systems and everything that is now available in the palm of our hands, it is important to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of telling the direction. After all, without having this understanding, you could end up lost with no clue where to go. The best way to avoid this kind of struggle is by learning how to utilize a compass, tell the direction, and to learn how to navigate. That is exactly what you are going to be able to do as long as you are able to learn how to utilize a compass.
Learning To Use One:
1. Setting a Bearing.
When it comes to using a compass, the main thing that you are going to want to teach them is how to properly set a bearing. You will want to use a compass to be able to determine which direction you need to walk or go in to get to where you are trying to go. This is done by holding a compass out in front of you and lying it completely flat. That way, you will be able to have the direction of the arrow pointing in your desired direction of travel and simply rotate the housing dial in order to have the arrow match the direction of the north pointing needle.
As you can see, learning to use a compass can be a key life skill that can really help you find your way. Therefore, it is a good skill to teach young kids. You see more about how to read a compass by watching the video below. You and the kids will enjoy the time you spend together while you teach them this valuable skill.