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An Easy Step-by-Step Approach

Grade Level: 3-8
Pages: 60
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″
Full Color on White Paper

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What Parents Think

I am homeschooling a 7th grade child who technically is finished with geography. I bought this to help maintain what we learned until high school. The book is good at breaking things down into only a few lines per step. It explains what you are drawing as you draw it. I love that it explains what you are drawing and where to put it on the page....My son is dyslexic has visual discrimination issues and this book really made it easy to follow and draw. This book will only last a week for him. We are breaking the lessons up over a week....The steps are so clear that it is easy to pause and come back days later. I have 3 kids younger who can use the book after him so it is an investment. I am buying Europe next.

—homeschool mom of 4Amazon Reviews

I can't say enough about this book. Not only is it a wonderful book for where we are in Classical Conversations for Cycle 3, but it is also a great teaching tool for anyone - homeschool or not. We have made it into a fun family time because we are all sitting down at the table together and drawing the United States. We are excited to finish and try our hand at Africa or Canada. Even if you do not homeschool, this is an incredible way for everyone to put away devices and sit together and draw and enjoy one another. Hope this helps.

—Blue Luna CafeAmazon Reviews

There is no better way to learn how to draw maps than this series. I wish they were less expensive, but I may end up buying them all!

—A. C.Amazon Reviews

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This is the eighth of nine books in Kristin’s draw map series.

Sample Pages from Draw the World

Geography Introduction: Here's Why

Drawing a map, like reading, or algebra, is a difficult skill to learn and if one sets an 8-year-old down with a map of the US and says "draw this," the child will be as overwhelmed as if he were confronted with reading Shakespeare before he could read The Cat in the Hat, and will quickly abandon it. Sure, a child could understand and appreciate the story of Hamlet as well as read a map at the age of 8, but if you ask her to READ Hamlet or DRAW a map, that is another story. The intellect of a child far outpaces her skills and if you ask too much too soon from her skills you can forever extinguish a desire for more.

In this series of books I simply want to introduce children to geography by giving them a primer in the borders and locations of states, provinces and countries. By doing so I hope to invite them further into the beautifully complicated world of geography.

Are these drawings cartoons? Absolutely they are, and in the best sense of that word. The word "cartoon" originated in the Middle ages and meant what we would today call a "sketch," something that the artist drew as he thought out, or prepared to draw his masterpiece. By engaging students in drawing "cartoon" maps I hope to give them enough self-confidence to someday give the real thing a try.

Draw the Continents by Kristin J. Draeger Right Page Detail

Detail – Draw the World – Right Page

From the back cover…

Any time we discuss a person, place or thing, there is a “where” about it. Where were they born? Where do they live? Where did it happen? Where was it made? Geography is a necessary, if unvoiced, lynchpin in these discussions. A child who knows where Ohio, or China, or Togo is, gets more out of such discussions than a child who doesn’t. All books about history, literature and science will become broader and deeper for children who are familiar with the world around them, who know the lay of the land.

Education seeks to broaden a child’s mind, to entice him to explore. Through books, and videos a child can virtually travel to faraway places; studying geography will augment those travels and his journey will be that much richer because he knows where he is going.