Geography is a pretty natural subject for us to study while we roadschool, in fact making sure we had room for our globe was a must when choosing our home. But I’m still so often tempted to try and eek out some stand alone geography time because I remember having that in school.
Want to know what I don’t remember from school…geography! To quote Cloe (any Pitch Perfect Fans here?) “I failed maps.” I don’t want that to be my kids but I don’t want to just drill them all the time to make sure they know were places are. I want
them us to have a real connection with the world around us.
Five In A Row first helped me see the easy of teaching geography to my children. I’ve since applied that “read about it and find it” on the map to EVERY STORY WE READ! Its been wonderful and easy and such a quick way to make meaningful connections with the world. After all PEOPLE are the most important part of the world. (But don’t forgo animal stories when teaching the world as well, they work really well for my youngest to make geographical connections.)
However, I still like to have some “geography” reference books handy. You never know when we might become fully engrossed in a new country because one of the kids found some food they wanted to try in The Usborne Round The World Cookbook. (Scones anyone? My oldest is ready to take us on a culinary tour of the world with baked goods.)
A common theme in the world of fun-schooling is “baskets”. We don’t have a lot of room for them in our traveling abode but I still like the idea of them. I have a few Dollar Tree baskets left over from our house day, so I’ve re- purposed them in our RV. And since space is small I rotate the subjects they hold. I made up our Geography basket past week.
In our basket is:
- National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A. we picked up at the Grand Canyon. Super souvenir to go along with their Jr Ranger badges and to inspire us with some more must see destinations along our travels.
- The Moon Shines Down isn’t a reference book but it’s lovely and Macaroon sure does enjoy looking at the pictures and matching them up to what every country Pumpkin might be studying. (By the way, this is one of my favorite bedtime books! My Aunt gave it to Pumpkin many years ago and I don’t find it annoying unlike many other books that I’ve been chatted into reading. Plus its just the right length.)
- A handmade ball from Kanya as part of The Global Family Kit from Fair Trade FRIDAY. I received these and this bracelet as a thank you for reviewing the book Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World.
- Games for Your Brain: United States Cards
- Usborne First Book of America
- Small United States Puzzle from Dollar Tree
- The Children’s Book of America I’m a fan of these beautifully illustrated Bennett books and so are the kids
- Pathfinders Exploring the Land. It’s a bit text book in style but has some great photos, maps and its a pretty short book that covers a lot of exploration ground.
- Not included in the basket is geography pages from Pumpkin’s Minecraft Journal. (Read my review of this journal here and the other one here.) A few placement maps, our Randy McNally Trucker Atlas and a USA Floor Puzzle & game.
I also have my eyes on these for when we need to spark some more interest.
- Travel Dreams Fun-Schooling Journal
- Cardline Globetrotters
- 30 Day Travel Journal and Coloring Book
- The Little Man in the Map Teaches the State Capitals. So I’m not overly convinced my kids need to know the state capitals at this age, but I know Pumpkin will get a kick out of reading this book.
- The Lonely Planet Kids: Travel Book
- My Pop-Up World Atlas
- Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats. FYI this one is great for a Nature Study basket too, I love all the Crinkleroot books!
- Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO & Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern and Natural
- Not For Parents How to be World Explorer
- America The Beautiful: A Pop-Up Book
- Adventures Around the Globe: Packed full of maps. I’m going to need more then one of the because, well STICKERS.
- USA Bingo Game
FYI our globe isn’t as fancy as the one above, but it’s on our wish list because its totally drool worthy. But fancy isn’t needed! This globe is just as good…and if you don’t have one in your home I strongly suggest you get one. Its amazing how familiar even the youngest two are with the world just from “finding where we read”.
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