After having much success with Memoria Press‘ Prima Latina and Latina Christiana, I was excited to dig into Geography I! The full Geography I set includes the Student Text, Student Workbook, Teacher Guide, The United States Student Workbook and Teacher Key. The full set is only $48. With 53 countries to study and 20 review lessons on the states, this course will easily fill a year.
The United States workbooks and tests are meant to be a review of the States and Capitals curriculum. As we had recently finished our own study of the states and capitals, the sequence in the book worked very well as a review for my eight year old. Section 1 breaks the country up into regions, and students label the states in each region. We did two regions a day. Section 2 keeps the regions established in the first section and asks students to match the state to the capital. Section 3 lists the capitals and requires the student to list the state from memory. Section 4 requires the student to both identify the state and list the capital from memory. The progression and repetition is perfect for developing long-term memory.
The Geography I products cover the areas of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa that were once part of the Ancient Roman Empire. Each section gives an introduction to the region followed by a two-page spread on each country. Historical context and more current events are listed as well as fun facts.
I used the Geography I text with both my eight year old and my six year old. We spent time studying the map in the textbook and finding the country on our globe. The reading was quick and easy. After reading and discussing the country, I found that my son was retaining the information very well. For my six year old, I was more interested in her learning the continents and regions, but she can also identify a few of the countries. We will revisit the curriculum when she is a little older.
We are following a four-year history cycle and studied ancient history two years ago. My son already had some familiarity with the regions we were studying. The quick “History’s Headlines” helped him recall what we had previously studied. His familiarity with the subjects made the study more interesting for him.
Overall we found the curriculum worked well with our style of schooling and with our other studies. I look forward to finishing Geography I next year and following it up with Geography II.
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Cheryl–Cheryl is a singing, dancing, baking, homeschooling mom of three. She has danced her whole life and taught ballet and theatre for most of her adult life. Her favorite pastime has always been cooking and baking, and as a Pampered Chef Independent Consultant she gets to share that love with others. Home educating her three children has been and continues to be one of her greatest learning experiences! It is an adventure she is ready to continue.