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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Geography

I want to share what we have done for the last couple of years for geography. It has been a blessedly easy way to do geography, incorporating living books and so educational.

Each summer, at the homeschool convention, we scope out the YWAM booth. There, we purchase all the Hero's of the Faith missionary stories that take place in one single area or country (South America, China, Africa). The YWAM workers are helpful with this. I then organize them chronologically. This year, we are studying Africa and began with David Livingstone. Before beginning the books, we do a one or two week unit on the country we have chosen. We make a little notebook or lapbook, with maps, minibooks and such. Then, we begin reading (Truth is: my husband reads them to the kids at night before bed). It takes us all year to complete all the books we have chosen because we don't read every night. At the end of the year, the kids know a ton about that country, and especially about their Christian history!

Last year we studied China, having read Gladys Aylward, Johnathon Goforth and many others. As I said, this year we are studying Africa. Probably we'll do a brief stint in India this summer as I'm anxious to study Amy Carmichael. Next year, we intend to study South America, which will be wonderful with Jim Elliot and the others who have gone into the jungles there.

This coming year, we plan to incorporate A Child's Geography into our studies, as well. Reading Ann Voskamp's books really makes the subject come to life. I can't wait for her to finish the series! The first book she has out is phenomenal. It's an overview of geography, written with such rich and lively prose. I highly recommend it. The following books will cover each country beginning with the Holy Land. I'm anxious to get them!

So, that's a little peek into our geography studies. I hope it's helpful to you!

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