Homeschool Geography Curriculum Round Up

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Teaching our kids about geography is an important part of homeschooling. They need to know about the world they live in, how each region is different, where everything is located, how diverse the world is and much more!

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Finding a homeschool geography curriculum can prove challenging (I know because I’ve looked and researched for a few years!), so I’m excited to share a few of the options that I’ve looked into and/or used in our homeschool today! I hope that this geography curriculum round up is helpful for your homeschool planning!

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Summary

This is a wonderful introduction to world geography using a notebooking approach to learning. The lessons are designed to engage the children’s hearts and minds through variety and interaction. Keeping the notebook will only serve to encourage creativity as they become accustomed to producing a lasting product while experiencing hands-on learning. Most of the literature will be found at your local library, but a few resources are recommended for purchase if you plan to complete most of the suggested activities. (Considering God’s Creation is the core of the science lessons.)

Now includes Activity CD-ROM with printable maps, flags, & activity pages PLUS over 135 Bonus Pages!

Grade Level – K-4th

Price point – $29.95 (Paperback or Digital Curriculum)

Learning Style – Notebooking based

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

cantering-the-country

Summary

Learning geography is an adventure, and it’s much more than memorizing facts! This unit study course teaches a wide range of academic and character building disciplines using the geography of the U.S. as a starting point. You don’t have to put aside one subject to make time for another. They’re all connected!

Grade Level – 1st-5th

Price point – $29.95 (Paperback or Digital Curriculum)

Learning Style – Notebooking based

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

  • A Child’s Geography (Vol.1, 2 & 3)

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Summary

A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth is, in some ways, really like exploring and scouting out various routes before a grand trip! While scouting and surveying the grand scheme of things, the sciences of His Earth, our appetite is whetted for the real march out, the countries of this Earth. The anticipation builds as we learn about the workings and the ways of His Earth. Then, having gained our bearings in “Explore His Earth,” future volumes of “A Child’s Geography” will follow the same traditional path of our chronological study of history, trekking through the countries of our world today.

A Child’s Geography: Explore The Holy Land, is a complete, stand-alone Geography and History Curriculum. Pair with Explore the Classical World for a thorough study of the geography and history of the Ancient World.

Over the course of 16 chapters and nearly 280 pages of text, explore six Middle Eastern countries with…

~ engaging text of a “living-book”
~Field Notes (narration prompts)
~Travel Logs (notebooking & mapping activites)
~Bringing it Home suggestions that focus on art, music, poetry and food of each country,
~Prayer Walk for each country

A Child’s Geography: Explore The Classical Worldis a complete, stand-alone Geography and History Curriculum. Pair with Explore the Holy Land for a thorough study of the geography and history of the Ancient World.

Over the course of 15 chapters, explore 12 countries – Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, San Marino, the Vatican and Malta – situated around the Mediterranean Sea with…

~the engaging text and vivid full-color photos of a “living book”
~narration prompts to cement learning and understanding
~notebooking, timeline and mapping activities for context
~helpful pronunciations and full definitions in glossary
~activities that focus on art, music, poetry and the delicious food of each country
~optional prayer walk for each country
~224 page full color softcover book
~bonus content on CD-ROM

Grade Level – 1st-6th

Price point – $32.95+

Learning Style – Hands-On

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

expedition-earth

Summary

From the sparkling sands of Brazil to the orange groves of Morocco to the rising cosmopolitan city-state of Singapore… It’s time for an expedition! Grab your passport and let’s explore the people and places of our globe. Within these pages, you will discover the sights and sounds of all 195 countries of our world and learn about the people who live there, the crops they raise, the food they eat, the music they play, the religions they follow, and so much more. From the exotic to the ordinary, you will learn about the amazing facets of our globe without leaving your own home. However, the pages of this book may inspire you to hop on a plane and experience the near and far corners of our planet for yourself.

Grade Level – 5th-12th

Price point – $29.95

Learning Style – Textbook

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

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 Summary

Trail Guide to U.S. Geography is a family-friendly, multi-level geography curriculum guide for students in grades 3 through 12. With its trail markers (animal track icons) guiding your student along three different learning paths, this book can be used for more than one academic school year and works well if you have a number of students of varying abilities learning together. Trail Guide to U.S. Geography provides lesson plans and assignments for a 36-week school year.

The Trail Guide to World Geography is a family-friendly, multi-level curriculum guide for students in grades 3-12 to learn geography. With its trail markers (animal track icon) directed at three different grade levels, this book can be used for more than one academic school year and works well with a number of different student abilities learning together. The Trail Guide to World Geography provides lesson plans and assignments for a 36-week school year.

Trail Guide to Bible Geography is the third book in the popular Trail Guide to Geography series. Study the geography of the Holy Lands in light of scripture and along with the lives of your favorite Bible characters. Students learn by mapping, research, daily geography drills and hands-on activities. While some small maps are included in the book, the larger maps in Bible Lands Activity Maps are highly recommended. Students love doing the mapping assignments and are delightfully challenged with finding answers to the daily drills using a Bible atlas.

Grade Level – 2nd-12th

Price point – $15.00+ (Bible Geography Digital Curriculum)

Learning Style – Hands-On/Discovery

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

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Summary

GEOGRAPHY is more than just place names and outline maps—it’s understanding how the world around us works! North Star Geography gives students a deep understanding of how geography impacts all of us every day-with real-life applications for college, career, citizenship, and ministry.

Written from a distinctly Christian perspective by a homeschool grad (now a homeschool dad), North Star Geography is a full high school credit. It covers:

Geography Skills (such as reading maps and navigation)

Physical Geography (the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere)

Human Geography (social structures, culture and heritage, interacting with the environment)

Grade Level – 7th-12th

Price point – $43.96+ (Digital Curriculum)

Learning Style – Textbook/Notebooking/Worksheets

Full Review – Cathy Duffy and My Series here.

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Summary

This curriculum is in 3 parts; Part 1 contains 30 short history lessons and the drawing lessons and activities are based on the themes of the history lessons.  The lessons start with the beginnings of cartography in ancient Greece, and end with the official discovery of Antarctica in the 1800s. Part 2 contains the drawing lessons and each drawing lesson has step-by-step pictures that guide the student as they draw an area of the world from scratch (starting with nothing but a blank piece of paper).  and Part 3 contains extra activities and worksheets that go with the history lessons and/or the drawing lessons. Activities include extra worksheets for practicing what was learned in the drawing lessons, group games, board games, crafts such as making simple navigational instruments, or art projects (about maps) using paint, crayons or colored pencils.

Grade Level – 5th-12th

Price point – $14.95+ (Digital Curriculum)

Learning Style – Textbook/Notebooking/Worksheets

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

daily-geography

Summary

In Daily Geography Practice, you’ll find map lessons introduce basic geography skills and geography terms. What a perfect hands-on approach to geography instruction!

Some of the geography skills presented include:

  • globes
  • map keys
  • physical maps
  • rural, suburb, city, and state maps
  • tourist and weather maps
  • political maps of the United States and the world

Grade Level – K-6th

Price point – $29.99

Learning Style – Worksheets

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

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Summary

Around the World in 180 Days is a geography and history program covering the history, geography, and culture of every continent. And yet this is not a textbook. It’s a series of questions that the student must research in order to answer. Plenty of resources are suggested to help students conduct their research, and the teacher’s edition provides all the answers. Written with a multilevel approach, with questions for students of all grade levels, this is truly a curriculum your whole family can study together!

Grade Level – 4th-12th

Price point – $55.00

Learning Style – Unit Study

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

globalmania

Summary

Globalmania will help your students to gather geographic knowledge easily as they tackle the world continent by continent, from continents to countries to capitals to cities. With a systematic approach mapped out for you, you will always know what to do next.

Grade Level – 3rd Grade+

Price point – FREE

Learning Style – Online/Ed. Games

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

literature-approach-geography

Summary

Featuring four of the Caldecott Honor Holling classics, students will study three geographic regions in the United States, as well as world geography. Each title transports the reader to a specific location while giving the distinct geography, history, and natural science of the area. Paired with each book is a beautiful 24″ by 18″ card stock map. Your student will color each map while labeling countries, states, cities, oceans, lakes, rivers, and national landmarks. The recently-revised Study Guide includes 39 lessons and will help you get the most out of the study by providing discussion questions, web links, vocabulary, book recommendations, and an answer key. If using the study with multiple students or in a classroom setting, ensure each student has his own map set.

Grade Level – 3rd-7th

Price point – $65.95

Learning Style – Literature Based

Full Review – Cathy Duffy

What geography curriculum have you used and love?

*Please note that the pricing was current at the time this post was written. Always check pricing before checking out.*

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