I have been a homeschool mom for about ten years now. During that time period, there were seasons when geography didn’t have a very strong presence in our school. I believe that the Lord has now shown me that this is a subject that should be studied on at least a small scale each and every semester.
You might be wondering why this is, one thing that I strongly want to instill in my children is a love for the Lord and a desire to serve Him in all they do. When we search out scripture, we can find that the Lord wants us to have a heart for missions, and the people around the world in general.
Here are just a few Biblical examples:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
One of the most important ways for our children to have a heart for the world, is for them to actually learn about the world and the people groups therein. I would love to share a few of my favorite resources with you!
Our family loves to use Window on the World to learn about and pray for people groups around the globe.
|Window on the World: When We Pray God Works By Daphne Spraggett & Jill Johnstone / Biblica2002 Gold Medallion for Elementary Age Children – Stunning photographic visuals complement this A to Z collection of countries and people groups providing an exciting learning experience and guide for prayer. Short stories about featured countries or people groups help relate foreign lands and people to children in the West. Each page includes a small map putting the country into perspective with neighboring countries, a fact box with essential country, and people information and prayer points that children can ask God for as well as thank God for. This invaluable resource develops cultural, political, and geographical awareness through a Christian lens. Families, churches, and schools will all benefit from this book and in turn be able to pray more effectively for their world.|
The Children’s Atlas of God’s World is written from a Christian perspective, which I love!
|Children’s Atlas Of God’s World By Craig Froman / Master Books – Providing not only geographical information, but also information on Christian history, people of faith, and Christian traditions around the globe, Master Books’ Children’s Atlas of God’s World provides homeschoolers with a biblically-based reference book. Colorful photographs of cultural elements and locations, along with a variety of full-color maps, provide children with a basic understanding of the people, culture, environment, history, and geography of the world’s regions. Only the most influential countries are covered (e.g. the US, Mexico, and Canada for North America, Brazil and Bolivia for South America, etc). 96 pages, oversized hardcover. Index and glossary included along with notes on holidays and government systems. Approximately 13.75″ x 10″.|
Another good resource are The Torchlighter Series. The following DVD is The Gladys Aylward Story from China which is so inspiring!
|The Torchlighters Series: The Gladys Aylward Story, DVD By Vision Video – With war raging about her and soldiers closing in, the wounded missionary Gladys Aylward sets out on the most difficult journey of her life; a 100-mile trek over the mountains to a safe haven. But it’s not her own safety that concerns this little woman with big faith. It’s the safety and well being of the 100 orphaned children in her care. Watch as Gladys’ strength and faith are stretched to the limit, all for the sake of the children. Torchlighters is a series of animated programs for youth ages 8-12, presenting the lives of true-life heroes from Christian history. When kids see what God can do through a “Torchlighter” who is devoted to carrying out His will and purposes, they too may want to carry a torch of faith by serving Him. Approx. 30 minutes. Special Features:|
- English and Spanish languages with optional English subtitles
- Original documentary featuring biographer Carol Purves and Gladys’ adopted son Clifford Liu
- Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
- Reproducible student handouts, including discussion questions, puzzles, coloring pages, and more
I also love Missionary Stories with the Millers. This has been one of our family favorites for several years now.
Please don’t be intimidated by the study of geography! I pray that the Lord blesses your home as you learn more about the world and people that He created.
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