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I believe this is an often overlooked subject that sometimes gets short shrift in our homeschools. Geography is squashed into history studies or quickly glossed over with a workbook or song. 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 of 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).
I've made this an exciting year with lots of different books, activities and videos. You should try to find extras that will appeal to your kids as the opportunities come up throughout the year. We've found that people from other cultures are often friendly and eager to share their heritage. All you have to do is ask (or show up to their activity)! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Question: What age is this geography curriculum for?
Answer: This curriculum can be used for grades 1 through 6, although it will work best for students who are able to read independently (around 2nd to 3rd grade) through 6th grade. If you have younger students, you'll need to be more involved and many of the readers will need to be turned into read-alouds. We will be adding a literature-based high school geography program in 2017 (barring unforeseen circumstances), so that the entire family can learn geography together!
Question: Is this curriculum Christian or secular?
Answer: It's secular with a couple Christian biographies. Those resources are marked as Christian books in the resource list, so non-Christian families can easily skip them. Christian families may enjoy adding in a variety of missionary biographies that match the countries being studied. Click here for a link on Amazon that will take you to one of the most popular missionary book series.
Question: If I buy all of those books, I'll spend a fortune! How can I afford this?
Answer: Borrow as many books as you can from the library. If you want to order them all, the cost will be similar to any other core or literature type curriculum, such as Sonlight, except you won't have to shell out tons of money for an instructor's guide! Please consider ordering through our links, as we get a small commission via Amazon. Your purchases through our links help our site stay up!
Most of the scheduled activities use inexpensive materials found in your home or from the grocery store. Also, most of the videos in the schedule can be found for free online, even the ones in the resources list. Do a search online and see if they are!
Question: Why use a literature-based curriculum instead of just a textbook?
Answer: When I design curricula, I design it to be something *I* would love to learn and base my choices off of 20+ years of teaching my own children! Most kids don't retain a lot of what they learn solely from textbooks. Why? Because textbooks are often boring, and kids can't relate what they are learning to real life. I've scoured through hundreds of books to find interesting stories and entertaining resources that bring learning to life and help students better understand the world around them. Geography is a super-interesting and fun subject. My curriculum makes it accessible to students with tons of terrific books, activities, recipes, videos, and more!
I've worked hard to create a geography science curriculum with plenty of options that make it flexible, fascinating, and fun!
If your kids love crafts and hands-on activities, there are plenty to choose from. If your kids (or you) hate that kind of thing, you may want to just stick mostly to the books, videos and online activities. Don't feel like you are a slave to the schedule and have to do it all! I like having options and so I've scheduled in extra things for you to pick and choose from to make things work for YOU and YOUR family.
Question: How does your curriculum schedule differ from traditional style instructor's guides?
Answer: Take a look at the free sample weeks by scrolling down below. There are no tests & quizzes.
I sometimes shelled out big bucks for instructor's guides and usually only ended up using the schedule portion. Sometimes, in my opinion, less is more.
Question: Do I have to have my student do everything in the schedule, even when you have 5 videos to watch in one week?
Answer: I've scheduled in lots of videos as well as free printables and other similar materials. Consider them a buffet of activities. If you are behind due to illness or another reason, it's easy to get back up to speed. Just pare down the schedule activities, and you're all set! Do you have another resource you'd rather use? Just plug it into the schedule and use it instead. The printable schedule is editable, so you can take out and add things as you desire.
Don't let the schedule rule you!
Always remember that YOU are in charge, not the schedule. Guest Hollow schedules are adaptable and flexible. There are some "light" weeks where you can play catch-up and heavier weeks with lots of OPTIONS, not commands, lol.
Question: Wasn't this curriculum free?
Answer: Yes, it used to be. However, after my youngest graduated from our homeschool, I was able to put my efforts into Guest Hollow on a full-time basis. This is now our source of income, so in order to have our small business grow and succeed, it was necessary to convert some of our freebies to paid items. If you are using this curriculum over the 2016-2017 school year, you may want to check out our free archived version of the curriculum.At the beginning of the year:
I do NOT make any guarantees about this curriculum. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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When you purchase a printable schedule, you also get access to a password protected ONLINE schedule for those of you who’d like a more visual schedule with links a student or parent can click on directly from a computer or a tablet.
Click on the linked (yellow) weeks below for a free sample! Please note that the printable schedule is formatted for printing and does not contain book cover pictures, etc. like the online schedule, so as to save ink!
|Week 1||Basic Geography|
|Week 4||Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam|
|Week 6||India & Nepal|
|Week 8||Germany, Switzerland & Poland|
|Week 12||Saudi Arabia & The Middle East|
|Week 14||Kenya & Tanzania|
|Week 15||Southern Africa|
|Week 16||Congo & Cameroon|
|Week 17||Western Africa|
|Week 18||Northern Africa|
|Week 19||Spain & Portugal|
|Week 22||United Kingdom & Ireland|
|Week 23||Sweden, Norway & Finland|
|Week 25||United States of America|
|Week 27||Central America & The West Indies|
|Week 30||Argentina & Chile|
|Week 31||Galapagos Islands|
|Week 32||Hawaiian Islands|
|Week 33||French Polynesia & Other Pacific Islands|
|Week 34||New Zealand|
|Week 35||Papua New Guinea|
|Week 36||Malaysia, Indonesia & The Philippines|