The whole Earth is full of His glory. — Isaiah 6:3
As a Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool, I was trying to decide what we wanted to do for our geography studies this year. I decided I wanted to dig a little deeper, do something fun. I was always bored to DEATH by geography as a student. Pointing to a map and labeling it got old quickly. I want my kids to have a good understanding of the world they live in; this great world that God made for us, without being bored at the word “geography.”
I began the year thinking we would be doing something different but then I found A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth and I was intrigued. It sounded like exactly what I had been looking for. So I was very excited when I was given the chance to review it.
After only one day we were hooked. It is a delight as a geography course. We are having so much fun it may, in fact, become a favorite subject. My daughter actually said “yeah” when I said we were doing geography today. I don’t think I ever said “yeah” when it came to geography. I’m so happy to have found this delightful geography book.
Enriched with fantastic, clear pictures, the thick, glossy pages make the book easy to read and easy to use. Each chapter has many choices for further exploration into the topic; however, you can do as little or as much as you want and still take a lot from each chapter. We found that picking a favorite activity and doing the postcards is what we most liked and worked well for us to make it a 2 day a week course. You could easily make this a once a week course or every day for a week intermittently throughout the year. Whatever schedule you like in your school, you will likely find that this book will work for you.
Each chapter has a basic reading, with easy, natural places to break the reading and return for the next lesson. Each lesson has several activities to delve deeper into the study, with select crafts and resources. For instance, Chapter 1 is the study of the Creation. Discussing the beautiful Earth that God breathed life into for us. We talk about what it looks like from space. We talk about how big it is. Rich in fun facts, my daughter instantly found it it interesting. Did you know that if you walked 10 hours a day every day it would take you approximately 3 years to walk around the Earth. (She thought that was a pretty cool tidbit!).
After you do the reading, you can take the time to make a map of the world starting with you in your house. It was a great way to draw you in your world. We had a lot of fun with this and are going to leave it hanging on our wall for reference this year. Making a map of you in your world was just one of the activities. Next, there was a paper mache globe activity. We had fun with this as well.
Each chapter includes a review by drawing and writing the information you learned on a postcard – notebooking on postcards. Like the way you share what you did on vacation on a postcard sent to your grandparents, children are encouraged to draw something and write some key points they learned in the chapter on the postcards. The postcards are then hold punched and placed on a ring to keep as a great way to review the year and show off what you are learning. My daughter thought the postcards were fun without realizing she was even reviewing the chapter. (The postcard templates are available on the accompanying CD and there are several to choose from to keep it mixed up.)
Each chapter also emphasizes narration, with memory joggers to help kids and parents lead the narration should the narration require some assistance. I thought this was great and we used the memory joggers to help us with our postcards as well. There is also a reading list that accompanies each chapter, should you want to dig deeper on a particular subject.
The course covers topics like Creation, the atmosphere, latitude and longitude, the continents, and volcanoes and earthquakes. I expect the course to be fascinating and ignite my daughter’s intrigue on many levels.
We had a great time with A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth and plan to continue to throughout the year. I am so excited to have found this great book through Knowledge Quest. As usual, I’m impressed with the books quality and beauty and the way it is approached by the writers. I think this is going to be a great course for us this year.
Since we take a Charlotte Mason approach to most of schooling, I found this geography book fit directly into our school. A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth is like a big living book of facts and pictures that are sure to delight every family. I also found the activities and pictures were very appealing to a hands on, visual learner like my daughter. Each chapter has activities that appeal to every learning style.
The accompanying CD includes the postcard templates, various maps, copywork and quizzes to help you make the course as complete as you wish to make it for your children. Written for elementary students, grades 1-6, this course is a great introduction to the beautiful Earth that God has given us.
A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land is another in the series and will likely be our next venture. If you are not familiar with Knowledge Quest’s wonderful products, be sure to check out their website.
*Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth for the purpose of facilitating my review. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions expressed herein are unbiased and not influenced by the developing company or its affiliates in any way.*