Where to Begin?
We’ll begin with ARTK12’s books: the Draw the World series. Don’t worry, we’ll give you some other geography ideas that don’t involve our products, but we know that many homeschoolers (there are over 90,000 of our map books out there) love our books. Why? They’re easy. They’re fun. And your students will learn and remember the geography using easy step-by-step instructions to draw the world using our 9 books:
- Draw the World
- Draw the USA
- Draw Europe
- Draw Asia I
- Draw Asia II
- Draw Africa
- Draw Canada & Greenland
- Draw Mexico, Central & South America
- Draw Oceania.
Where to End?
Your students, with some practice, will be able to draw the entire world from memory. That’s why many students in Classical Conversations use the Draw the World series. Students do not write in these books, so they can be used week-after-week and year-after-year. Your first-born to your last-born can use the same books over and over and over and over again.
Don’t take our word for it, Listen to Sarah
Let me show you how great this is. When I saw the inside of this book [Draw Europe] I thought we have to use this, this looks like so much fun.
With her lovely little language she tells you how to make sure it is at the right part of paper….like this: “This blob looks like Santa’s bag of gifts and will contain eight countries.” Like how great is that? That totally does look like Santa’s bag of gifts. So that’s really fun.
— Sarah MacKenzie
Read-Aloud Revival (Video) (Opens new window)
Wait! Is there More? Bingo!
How about some geography bingo? Now that’s a homeschool geography idea! ARTK12 has two books in this series: USA Bingo and Africa Bingo. These are not your everyday, geography bingo books. There are lots of quirky rhymes to learn the state and country capitals. There are also lots of amusing stories that require students (in a fun way) to figure out what state or country they are in. For example, do you know what USA state you are in from this clue:
We are standing on the highest point east of the Mississippi River, Mount Mitchell (6,684 feet). It was named after Elisha Mitchell who died in 1857 while trying to verify his original findings that this was the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Let’s all remember that. Don’t second guess yourself. There’s a moral here that I think… “Cut! What are you doing?” I’m just trying to use a historical event to pass on some of my great knowledge and wisdom. “No. Don’t do that. It’s a bingo game! Stay on task!” Man, that guy is irritating. Anyway, this peak is also the highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains which pass through this state. North of us is Virginia, south of us is….well, I’m not going to tell you because that would really give it away, east of us is the Atlantic Ocean and west of us is Tennessee. Which state are we in? And for a two year round trip to the planet Mars (food not included) which state is south of us?
These games come with bingo cards, flash cards, maps and tokens:
Okay, Enough About Us
So what else is out there? Here are some of our favorites:
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The 10 days in…..series
The GeoPuzzle Series
So, there’s a lot out there. Hope this has given you some good homeschool geography ideas.
I know that ended a little abruptly…but I’m tired and I want to go to bed.
Did I tell you we got chicks today? 10 of them. Buff Orpingtons. Too cute! Here come the eggs!