Asalamu alaykum Sisters, How are you? Geography has been one of our ‘least studied’ subjects, mainly due to not having time to always fit it in. It’s not that we don’t cover Geography at all because of course subjects like Science, and History can most definitely include Geography and we have been covering it in our latest Brave Writer project too, where the children have to design their imaginary continent.
However, I wanted to go into more depth but in a more ‘manageable’ way. Even though we have used a couple of Geography curriculums in the past, I felt we weren’t able to maximise their use because we simply didn’t have enough time to cover everything. You might think its a little ‘late’ to make changes in the homeschool year, but this is real life homeschool and it happens!
Since notebooking something all my kids enjoy, I decided to make some which would fit in nicely with the country we are studying in History. This won’t always be a perfect fit and there will be times we are studying two different countries, but studying the same continent is for the most part close enough. At the end of the day, it’s important to study History in chronological order, not so much Geography.
I did have a couple of reference books at home but I also purchased* some more books and of course there are websites we will be using too. Since we don’t have a library in our neighbourhood, I try to buy solid reference books rather than supplementary style books. They last years and tend to have all the information we need.
The Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World
National Geographic Family Reference Atlas of the World, Fourth Edition
Around the World; A Colorful Atlas for Kids
National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas, 3rd Edition
The Everything Kids’ Geography Book: From the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef – explore the world!
Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life
Look Inside Our World (Flapbook)
National Geographic Student World Atlas Fourth Edition
This particular book we will be using when it comes studying the wildlife of that particular country; a fun way to incorporate a little Poetry.
National Geographic Kids Book of Animal Poetry : 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
This book is not restricted to Geography, but I bought it to use in multiple subjects. It is still relevant for Geography too, for example, there are a couple of pages about fun facts about North America.
5,000 Awesome Facts (about everything!).
Alongside the notebooking pages, we will continue to cook up a dish from each country when possible and Arts and Crafts too. The older kids will be doing some extra work too which I will give as we go along.
You can download the notebooking pages HERE
Please note that the ‘Famous figure’ drawing section shouldn’t be used to draw faces or at the very least full features. I will be encouraging the kids to draw something that will remind them of that person.