Memoria Press Review by Nakia: Geography I

I reviewed Geography 1 from Memoria Press. This three-book set (student text, student workbook, and teacher guide) covers The Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. The entire course covers 53 countries. I used this product with a 5th grader and an 8th grader.

Photo by Flavio Takemoto

After an introduction, the student text begins with a brief survey of each region and then focuses on individual countries. For each country, there is a one-page summary and a fully-labeled black and white map on the facing page. The summary for each country includes a historical reference section called “History’s Headlines” and some “Fast Facts” (such as capital city, population, and flag description). The facts listed are interesting, if a bit brief. I would have preferred more historical background information to provide context, as one of the goals listed on the Memoria Press website for this course is “deepening his understanding of both the past and the present.” Each summary page also includes one or two black-and-white photographs. In the back of the student text are full-color illustrations of each country’s flag.

The student workbook features a black-and-white map for the student to label along with a fill-in-the-blank worksheet for the student to complete.  Answers to the worksheet can be found in the student text. A word bank for use with the map is provided for the student. There is a review page after each region where students are asked to fill in the country and capital and label a blank map. Students are encouraged to “pay close attention to correct spelling” which is always a great reminder and much appreciated by homeschool parents!

After a brief introduction with recommendations for scheduling the course, the teacher guide includes all answers to the student workbook along with completed maps. This is definitely welcome and helpful to the parent/teacher.

This geography course is a good tool for learning and memorizing countries and capitals and their locations. I appreciate the opportunity to review this product.

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Nakia–Nakia is a Southern girl, born and raised in North Carolina. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is in her 9th year of homeschooling her three wonderful daughters. She works part time as a nurse and loves photography, thrift shopping, baking, and autumn in the mountains.

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