Welcome to Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures Curriculum! We’ve hand-picked fantastic books, links, videos, and projects to take students on a journey around the world! Ignite your children’s curiosity, help them develop empathy and understanding for other cultures, and create treasured lifetime memories of your homeschool.

Students will get to sample delicious foods from around the world and make projects such as a paper mache globe, Japanese carp kite, oragami, lapbooks, animal models, and much more!

Take a journey around the world with Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures and see why so many families love our curriculum!

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Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography Curriculum won FIRST PLACE in the Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards. Thousands of homeschoolers ranked the curriculum they have used, and the products with the highest satisfaction ratings won. Our Jr. Geography and Cultures Curriculum and High School Geography and Cultures Curriculum garnered the highest satisfaction rating out of all the geography program nominees. Click for more details.

Prerequisites: None
Approximate Daily Time Commitment: 30 min. – 1 hour
$35.00

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Grade Level / Age

Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography Curriculum is suggested for:
● Grades 1-6
● Approximate ages
6-12






What You Get

Jr. Geography comes with:
✔ A printable PDF schedule
✔ An editable schedule in Microsoft Word format
✔ Access to an online version of the schedule*


*Access to the online version of Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures Curriculum schedule is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to various potential circumstances.

I’d like to see the book & resource list!

Click here to see the required books and resources for Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures Curriculum.

Why choose Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures?

Homeschooling with Guest Hollow’s
Jr. Geography and Cultures
is fun and flexible!





I believe geography is an often over-looked subject that sometimes gets short shrift in our homeschools. Geography is usually squashed into history studies or quickly glossed over with a workbook or song. Students often spend time learning about 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 around the world.

Learn about the world!

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 global citizens.

Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures Curriculum brings geography to life. Join us for a
journey around the world!

Engaging Books & Materials

We’ve hand-picked books your students will love.

Our geography curriculum schedules in fiction and non-fiction books that will ignite your child’s love for geography and cultures.

Free Geography Videos

Videos add a visual and sometimes musical component.

We scour YouTube to find the best educational videos and songs to make geography something to actually see & hear and not just read about.

Fun Geography & Cultures Projects

We work hard to engage ALL types of learners.

You’ll find a buffet of projects and hands-on activities you can pick-and-choose from to help your students retain what they are learning like recipes, art, crafts, lapbooks, printables, and more!

Love Learning

Students and parents love Guest Hollow!

Our customers have shared over and over how Guest Hollow curricula has changed their homeschool and sparked a love for learning!

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Does this curriculum come with ____________?

books?
No. You need to purchase the scheduled geography books separately. Learn more.


a printable book list?
Yes. We provide a book list with a handy checklist to help you plan what you want to buy or borrow and in what format. We also let you know when each book is scheduled in, so you can arrange to check out books from the library before you need them!


a schedule?
Yes. You get the same weekly schedule in 3 different formats: PDF, Microsoft Word, and online*. Just open it up and you are ready to learn!
*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedule is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to various potential circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.


a supply list?
Yes. Most of the supplies for the various activities are listed at the beginning of the printable schedule.


a teacher’s manual?
No. The geography schedule is all you need!


tests?
No. There are no tests for tests with this curriculum.


a workbook?
No. There are lots of printables, lapbooks, maps, and more linked in the schedule, though!

Photos from real families using Guest Hollow’s Geography programs:

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Take a look at a week from the online version of the schedule here. 

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Want to know how to use the Guest Hollow PDF Schedule or the editable Microsoft version of our schedule? Go here! (This page gives lots of insight as to how our schedules work!)

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F.A.Q. for Guest Hollow’s Jr. Homeschool Geography and Cultures Curriculum

This curriculum can be used for grades 1 through 6. There is a book list for younger “tag-along” students, so they can participate with older siblings at their level. You can also use the tag-along books from that list as readers for an emerging reader. You may wish to do some of the books as read-alouds depending on your student’s reading level. The buffet of activities will allow you to choose crafts and such based on different abilities and interest levels.

We also have a high school level that can be adapted for middle schoolers. Click here to check it out!

We strongly suggest that you view every item linked or used in this curriculum to make sure it meets with your approval and the age of your student.

Yes! The topics were designed to match up, so you can learn family-style!

Most weeks students will study a region such as “East Asia” and countries/cultures in that region instead of single countries (with a few exceptions). If you want to focus more on a particular country during a week than the ones we chose, feel free to do so.

We usually feature a couple countries from a region for the main book choices, but several more may be mentioned in the multi-week resources like People and Places – A Visual Encyclopedia, Atlas Obscura, and others as well as activities, map games, videos, and more. This will give students a better understanding of the world as a whole vs. a handful of single countries. Each week list the main topic for the week (usually a region) as well as specific countries found in that region.

Here is an example week:

The topic for week 7 is Middle America. There are quite a few countries (and islands) mentioned below the weekly topic. Students will NOT necessarily cover each listed place, but you have the flexibility to pick-and-choose among them if you wish to spend more time in a particular area of the world. Also, you can more easily plug in additional resources you have on hand (books, movies, kits, etc.) for the Middle America region. Maybe you don’t have a book on Mexico, but you have one for Belize. Feel free to make use of what you have on hand for a book basket, substituting books, extra reading, etc.

Sometimes we zoom in a particular region or country in more detail.

Here’s a list of the weekly topics:

Week 1Topics: Seasons, continents, oceans, climate, food around the world
Week 2Topics: Landforms and geography vocabulary, oceans continued, languages
Week 3Topics: Antarctica and the arctic, biomes
Week 4Topics: Antarctica (continued), maps, latitude and longitude, compasses
Week 5Topic: North America
Countries: United States
Week 6Topic: North America
Countries: Canada, Greenland
Week 7Topic: Middle America
Countries in this region: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica
Islands: West Indies, Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, the ABC Islands, Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados
Week 8Topic: South America
Countries in this region: Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, The Guianas
Week 9Topic: South America
Countries in this region: Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, The Guianas
Week 10Topic: The British Isles
This region includes: United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), The Republic of Ireland
Week 11Topic: Western Europe
Countries in this region: France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Week 12Topic: Western Europe
Countries in this region: France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Week 13Topic: Northern Europe
Countries in this region: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
Week 14Topic: Northern Europe
Countries in this region: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
Week 15Topic: Southern Europe
Countries in this region: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Monaco, Andorra, Malta, San Marino, Vatican City
Week 16Topic: Eastern Europe
Countries in this region: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania
Week 17Topic: Eastern Europe
Countries in this region: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania
Week 18Topic: Northern Eurasia
Country: Russia
Week 19Topic: Northern Eurasia
Countries: Russia. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Week 20Topic: The Middle East and Central Asia
Countries in this region: Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Week 21Topic: The Middle East and Central Asia
Countries in this region: Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Week 22Topic: South Asia
Countries in this region: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives
Week 23Topic: South Asia
Countries in this region: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives
Week 24Topic: China and nearby
Countries in this region: China, the region of Tibet, Mongolia, North Korea
Week 25Topic: China and nearby
Countries in this region: China, the region of Tibet, Mongolia, North Korea
Week 26Topic: East Asia’s Economic Tigers
Countries in this region: South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore
Week 27Topic: Japan
Week 28Topic: Japan
Week 29Topic: Southeast Asia
Countries in this region: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, the Philippines
Islands: Greater Sundra Islands, Lesser Sundra Islands, Spice Islands
Week 30Topic: Saharan Africa
Countries in this region: Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia
Week 31Topic: Saharan Africa
Countries in this region: Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia
Week 32Topic: Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries in this region: Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius
Week 33Topic: Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries in this region: Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius
Week 34Topic: “Down Under”
Countries in this region: Australia, New Zealand
Week 35Topic: The Pacific
Countries and Islands in this region: Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji), Micronesia (Palau, The Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, North Mariana Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Kiribati), Polynesia (Tuvalu, Tonga, New Zealand Territories, French Territories, Samoa, American Samoa), Hawaii, Misc. islands (Wake Island, Midway Islands, Clipperton Island, Galapagos Islands, Easter Island)
Week 36Topic: Wrapping things up!

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Please note, if you have problems, we have a liberal policy of providing extra, free access for unusual circumstances (at our discretion). Just contact us: guesthollow@memorableplaces.com.

*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedules and additional downloads is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to potential various circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.

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Some of our customers use The Homeschool Printing Company or Family Nest Printing. We don’t endorse any specific printing company. They are shared for informational purposes only.

We are Christians, but Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures Curriculum is not intended to be a “Christian resource”. However, there may be infrequent (or what we consider to be) minor references or links to resources that mention Christian ideas, values, or sectarian topics even in our secular/non-religious/neutral curriculums.

If we schedule in a Christian book, we try to give you notice of such in the books and resources page.

Christians and non-Christians should preview the scheduled books and all other resources such as videos, etc. to make sure they are compatible with your beliefs, philosophies, and values.

After purchasing a curriculum, you’ll see that the item you just bought shows that it is discounted 50% in our store. The reason you are seeing this is because we give you the opportunity to repurchase the schedule and your downloads at a substantial discount before they expire (2 years from date of purchase).

Please note: You do NOT need to repurchase your schedule in order to use the files you originally purchased and downloaded. You can use your downloaded schedule forever and can click on the links just as you can the online version of the schedule. You just won’t have access to any updates after your online access expires.

Why does access expire? Every year we go through all our curriculum schedules and update broken links and/or replace books that have gone out of print. This is a very time-intensive process that keeps our curricula up-to-date. Your repurchase helps fund this process and provides you with a schedule that has all the new additions or changes.

You need to repurchase your access BEFORE it expires in order to get the 50% discount due to the way our “membership” software works. If for some reason you miss the deadline, let us know why. We may give you a coupon code for the 50% off at our discretion.

*It is our intention to provide access for a period of 2 years, however, access to the online version of the curriculum schedules and additional downloads is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to potential various circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.

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2 reviews for Guest Hollow’s Jr. Geography and Cultures Curriculum Schedule

  1. Tiffany Bihm (verified owner)

    We are almost half-way through this curriculum right now, and it has been a big hit with my little ones! It isn’t JUST geography either. The literature selections are fantastic, and my children have learned a ton. Highly recommend!

  2. Stephanie Schulte (verified owner)

    We are loving Jr Geography! It is so nice to have a buffet of items and pick what we want to use for the week. We especially love the book and video selections. We also enjoy adding in treats from many of the countries. It is such a fun way to learn about other countries around the world!

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