February 19, 2010

Friday's Homeschool Feature


Welcome to Friday's Homeschool Feature. I'm excited about getting this going. I love homeschooling my kids. I love our many adventures!

Today my Homeschool Feature is Geography. You really don't need a curriculum for geography. You just need maps.

My kids love maps, all kinds of maps. We have road maps, physical maps, political maps, and ancient maps. Often I will hand them a student notebook atlas to look at while I read the history lesson for the day. This is especially great when my history lesson takes them from one place to another or discusses a particular region. These can be found for less than $5.00. I have one for each student. This way they don't distract me from my reading while they pass it around.

One like this:

I've mentioned in my post, History and Geography, how much I love the laminated maps from Geography Matters. I only gave them a short blurb. These maps are fantastic. They are just the right size for more than one kid to work with. Typically we write on them with wet erase markers, simply because the kids won't smear eachother's answers when they are reaching across to the other side.

Sometimes I pull out a map just for fun and have them fill in as much as they can from memory. Being competitive little creatures, (...don't know where they got that gene as Leon and I are both very uncompetitive) they turn it into a game of seeing who can label the most. Notice they are using different color markers.


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  1. We love maps here too! I'll have to check out the ones from geography matters. I hope the Friday homeschool feature really takes off for you, it's a great idea! I have a few thoughts, but not sure I'll get a chance to post today...I may have to wait to join in next time.

  2. No problem, Kelly. I figured the first one might not have any link-ups. But I am going to do this every week and I hope to get lots of new ideas from it. ;)

  3. I love those maps!!! I want to spend a little more time on geography.

  4. I bought the maps right after I saw this earlier, thanks for sharing those! My crew will love them.

  5. This is a great idea! Love it.... i don't know if I can get my three kids that close together though without some form of sibling rivalry going on :)


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