Our geography curriculum has been completely updated & revised!
Why study geography?
I believe this is an often overlooked subject that sometimes gets short shrift in our homeschools. Geography is squashed into our history studies or quickly glossed over with a workbook or song. Our kids often spend a great deal of time learning the cultures of ancient civilizations, but they don’t usually spend as much time learning about the current cultures, people and places that exist all over the world. That leaves them woefully unprepared to understand our world’s politics, world-wide needs or even that there are people who live very different lives from themselves. Learning about the world can open their eyes, mind and heart concerning others and excite their imaginations with animals, cuisine, landscapes culture and stories from different regions.
We made geography and cultures an important part of our homeschool and as a result, our daughter (who is now an adult), became very involved with the international community. She’s fluent in reading, writing and speaking Japanese and has a degree in International Studies. She married a Japanese citizen and is living permanently in Japan working in Christian missions & ministry work via teaching and other venues like music. She and her husband will be starting a home church in a very rural Japanese area, in the future! I remember her as a kid cooking up lunches from our Kids Around the World Cookbook and playing dress up in an Indian scarf. She cares about worldwide politics and loves other cultures. I think all of my kids have fond memories from studying other peoples and lands, and hopefully I’ve left them with a better understanding of the world, an appreciation of other cultures and a knowledge of just how blessed we are.
Geography & cultures should be something we as homeschoolers don’t neglect. In this ever-expanding global community, our kids NEED to know this material to understand so many of the things going on in our world that directly affect us as Americans (or whatever nationality you happen to be, lol).
Check out our geography curriculum! It’s chock full of great books, interesting videos, and fun activities for a variety of ages!