Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Geography Resources for Home Educators

Free Online Resources:

Free Printables:

My Favorites!!!
  • Maps and Globes is a great little reading rainbow book we used to introduce geography to my son as a first grader. 
  • Visualize World Geography is a truly unique world geography curriculum. They utilize pictography (making a mental picture... like how Italy is a boot) for EVERY country in the entire world, and you learn them by watching their DVD's about 15 minutes per lesson. This program is especially popular with families, because everyone (toddler to college to parents) can learn together. 
  • My Marvelous Map Box!!!! This is our solution for pull-down wall maps.
  • Check out My Favorite Resources for Learning About Africa

Printables for Purchase:
  • If you'd like to notebook your way through Africa, here is a super-impressive, comprehensive "Discover Africa notebooking packet." It's a 200+ page packet visiting every single country in Africa, with all the printables you'd possibly want. We're going to use this next year in our Africa study, and I think it's going to be a great resource! I wish she had one made for every continent!!!
  • From the same maker as the previous packet, here is a "Discover Europe notebooking packet." It's smaller-sized than the Africa one, but still looks like a handy resource. 

Continent Boxes:

Really Neat Supplemental Books:
  • Material World: A Global Family Portrait, by Peter Menzel - This book introduces you to real families around the world, and prominently features photographs showing their living conditions, home, and material possessions. There are explanations, insights & statistics for comparison, but the photographs take priority and are given most of the page space.   It is such a unique book, and a real eye-opener to see just how much we are truly blessed, and how little other people in the world have. I viewed it from the library to be sure I liked it, then bought it to use as a social study book along with our geography studies each year. 
  • Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, (or if you prefer the kid version of the book, it's just called What the World Eats) also by Peter Menzel - Similar to the Material World book, it's a book introducing its readers to real families around the world, but with a focus on what those families eat. Photographs show each family with one week's worth of their food, and comparison prices are given as well as special features like street food/ meat consumption/ life expectancies/ fast food around the world. Again, this is a really neat social study book to supplement geography studies

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