Friday, March 26, 2010
How Important is Geography
I want to rectify that with my own kids. Peter loves maps! He keeps old outdated ones in his bedroom which goes against everything I am about! I let him, though, all in the name of a good mother! Whenever we go on outings it's Peter who consults the map and lets us all know where we are going!
These last 9 weeks of homeschool I want to put a large emphasis on geography. There are basically three things every young student should know. These are:
1. The Worlds Oceans
2. The Continents
3. The Compass Rose
There are many ways to study geography. It's really easy to go too deep and find yourself in over your head. The information and the things you can study are just endless.
Some people choose to study Geography by going around the world studying the foods that are eaten in all the countries. Others study it by starting with a country and learning all the countries that surround it. Some just study the culture of one country; the dress, the terrain, the climate, etc.
I have wracked my brain this entire week of spring break trying to decide on just how to approach this study for my kids. I do think I have come up with the curriculum I want to use. I have pretty much decided that I'm going to use Trail Guide. It comes with a Textbook and a CD ROM. The CD ROM has all the activity sheets and maps and things you will need to go with the Textbook.
What I really like is that you can make it span several grades. They have already done the work for you and have included map work and things for all the grade levels. It's pretty much recommended for grades 2-5 and that's exactly what I'm teaching.
For first grade through sixth I I found this wonderful set of books Cantering the Country. It looks like a lot of fun. I am wondering if any of you have used either of these and what you like about them. Is there another Geography that you like. If so do share in the comments below. I haven't ordered anything yet so I'm still open to suggestions!