Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ G is for Geography

We are at it again, blogging through the alphabet! We are all the up to G now! If you have not joined us yet, you still can. All you need to do is have a post about the letter G, do you have one? Join in!! Annette from A Net in Time and I are hosting this link up every week as we work our way through the alphabet. Here are the posts I have done so far.

The letter G, I had many ideas for this one, but settled on Geography. This is a fun subject that is sometimes overlooked in the homeschool. I know I did for a while, but not anymore! And now I have three kids of different levels learning about it, so it is that much more fun!

Geography can be taught with a full curriculum or with your everyday life and living stories. You can add it in when you are learning about other things as well. These are three of the best and easiest ways to teach and add Geography into your homeschool.

Maps

Oh how I love maps. Maps are a great way to include geography into the everyday life. How? Well when you are busy reading a book and it tells you a city, state or country, you can go to the maps and see where this place is in comparison to you. This is a great way to work on geography ideas for little kids, but as they get older, you can build on this. Simply having a map on the wall opens up their minds to something bigger around them. We love our country and world maps on the walls and looking up the state map as we need it online.

Lessons

As your kids get older, you can add some books or other lessons into the equation. There are a lot of different options available when it comes to this. We enjoy the simple Daily Practice that can be found in the Daily Geography from Evan-Moor. But we really love the Everyday Explorers from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. We are currently working on USA and plan to work on Canada next. These lessons are perfect to do during our morning time as they can work for all ages from Pre-K through 12th grade. Feeling like you are actually traveling state to state and learning as you go…together, makes this our favorite way of learning geography!

Full Curriculum

When you get into the higher grades, you need to look at a full curriculum. You don't have to, but it makes it easier if that is what you want. I fell in love with North Star Geography. This is a high school level curriculum that has everything you need to make it happen. I had started it with Moe Man a few years back when it was brand new, but found that he was not ready for it yet. After looking at the suggested schedules, I have since decided that we are going to spend his Junior and Senior year working on this for a full curriculum credit. I like the idea of spreading this out over 2 years, because that is what works for us, but there is also a suggested schedule for One School year or even One Semester if you feel your child could handle this.

While we would love to travel the world and see all the geography in person, we have settled for learning about it in the homeschool room for now. What do you use for your geography studies?

Are you ready to link up your Letter G posts? I can't wait to read them!!

Hopkins Homeschool


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14 Replies to “Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ G is for Geography”

  1. We teach geography together with history. We study maps and talk about the climate and biomes associated with where we are studying. Since we are studying Jamestown right now, we looked at coastal environments and barrier islands (OK, that's also because we went on a field trip there and spent a whole day on Assateague Island!) But it really helps them connect things together and it is sort of amazing how much geography has influenced history even though we don't always think of it that way.

    1. I love when it can be combined with other classes or life experiences! It makes it so much more fun that way!

    1. I personally love it, when we tried it when it first came out, it was too early and didn’t work for us. I am crossing my fingers that next year will be the year! 🙂

  2. My kids love geography. We do a passport with just about every subject. If we come across a country, state, or city we look it up on a map and then add it to our Passport books. We have been doing this since the kids have been in kindergarten. Some countries are so full that I need to buy a new flags stickers. We have several books already and it's fun looking through them.

     

    1. What a super fun idea!! I may need to start doing this for the younger kids…and the bigger one too! 🙂

  3. I am all over the place as far as curriculum.  But I like teaching geography two ways.  1) We use Map Skills for Today from Scholastic for the workbooky aspect.  That way I know I'm not forgetting something (and they're cheap), and 2) We worked it in with studies we are using, books we are reading, and where our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were delivered.

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