Teach Geography With Literature
Most lessons in this homeschool geography curriculum include reading a few pages from various books. It’s set up to use the literature books as textbooks in a way. For example, you may read a few pages from the Dr. Seuss book There’s a Map on My Lap, then read about highlands and mountains from Geography From A To Z. While studying the Northwest Region, you’ll read parts of the book Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail.
Picture books like Mike Fink, Apples to Oregon, Southwest Sunrise, and Follow the Drinking Gourd tell wonderful stories set in states and regions studied. You’ll read a small portion of these books at a time, then branch into related activities like looking up unfamiliar words, marking the places mentioned on a large map, coloring the state pages in The United States Activity and Fact book, and taking a video tour.
In the first unit which focuses on map skills, kids complete some hands-on activities to get them familiar with directions, map reading, and geography. A link in the beginning of the book takes you to a free download of their Picture Packet – you’ll print this to use with these activities.
Kids complete a page or two in their US activity books as they learn about the different states.
Develop Significant Map Skills
One of the core activities in this homeschool curriculum is marking on the blank 36” X 24” foldable map. With nearly each lesson, students will be adding names, trails, landmarks and more to this big sturdy paper map. This gives kids a reference that they keep going back to each day as they create their map of the United States – all from stories, lessons, and virtual visits.
Learn More By Virtual Visits & Digging Deeper Links
I absolutely love that all the lessons in the Beautiful Feet US Geography Through Literature curriculum include multiple links to virtual visits. This is something I’ve always loved doing with my kids – with so much technology at our fingertips it’s a no-brainer to show kids videos of places they’re learning about.
Every lesson in this homeschool geography curriculum includes many links to websites where you can show your kids videos of the places they are learning about.
In the daily Dig Deeper and Explore Your World sections, you’ll find plenty of enriching links to learn more about related topics.
I absolutely love being able to SHOW my kids the place they’re learning about!
Connect With Geography Through Culinary Connections
If you love to cook with your kids, you’ll absolutely love the Culinary Connections section that appears often throughout this book. Make a Georgia Peach Cobbler, a Louisiana Gumbo, or a northeastern Whoopie Pie! You’ll find links to recipes in each Culinary Connection, along with a compelling reason to get cooking.
For families that absolutely love to read, you’ll be delighted with the Rabbit Trails section that precedes each unit. This is an extensive list of books you can check out at your library that correspond to what you’ll be studying in that unit. So if you’ve got a bookworm like I do, be sure to take advantage of these book lists.