Geography can be such a fun subject to teach your kids, but it can also be a LOT of work. I have struggled to find a geography curriculum that is easy, yet not too time-consuming to prepare for and teach. We recently received the Elementary Geography Curriculum from Master Books to try and share with you here. This Christian Geography curriculum is recommended for grades 3-6 and comes with a set of 3 books. It is easy to use and a lot of fun!
Passport to the World by Craig Froman is an A to Z guided language tour and teaches 26 countries alphabetically. It has a passport included at the front of the book along with passport stickers to add to your passport as you learn about each country. For each of the different countries, it teaches about the language, some country facts, a greeting in that language and a few other words, the currency, a common saying or proverb, a traditional picture (clothing), interesting facts, the geography of it, current pictures of people from that country.
Since the focus is on the language of each country, the book begins with the story of the Tower of Babel in the Bible. It shares a little history of languages and how they came about as well as different language families around the world. This book covers 26 countries, but also 26 different languages spoken around the world.
The second book, The Children’s Atlas of God’s World also by Craig Froman is a large oversized hardcover atlas. It goes through each of the continents around the world listing the various countries, but narrows in on just the 26 countries focused on in the Passport to the World book. This book gives a lot more detail of each country including maps, pictures, history (including Christian history), culture, capital cities, habitats, animals, and more. It is a full color book with lots of fabulous images. I am a bit of a sucker for a good atlas and this one is a really great introductory atlas for kids. The colorful pictures and interesting facts really pull them in. My kids have enjoyed looking and reading through it a lot!
The third book included with they elementary geography curriculum set is a parent lesson planner. This is a small workbook-style book. It has a 36-week suggested teaching schedule, student worksheets full of questions and activities for each country. The questions are a basic overview of the countries you learn about in the different books. They are simple & also include a flag from the country to color (However I wish the flag were a little bigger!) We used these together as a family and just answered them out loud together. If you wanted to use this with multiple kids, you could copy the pages to be used more than once. Many of the activities are recipes from the country.
This curriculum is SUPER easy to use. Your kids could even do it independently depending on their reading level. You can easily use it for varying levels of kids. My kids re going to be 3rd & 5th grade this year. Both enjoyed using it. To do it, you just read about the country in the two different books, and use the teacher guide for any additional questions or activities you want to add in. I actually had my kids pick a country they wanted to learn about and read through both books on their own. The questions we did together. We are planning on continuing to use it this year for our geography curriculum! It is great, and a great price, too!
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