Child's Geography Volume I: Explore His Earth

Child's Geography Volume I: Explore His Earth

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Item #: 023927
ISBN: 9781932786323
Grades: 1-6

Product Description:

Written in the style of Hillyer's Child's Geography of the World, this introductory geography study incorporates lively, current text, recommendations of additional books to enjoy, narration, notebooking, and other fun activities, too! Geography of the earth is approached as if you and your children were taking a journey through and around the earth, learning everything about the Earth as a whole (individual continents and countries will be studied in upcoming volumes). Eleven chapters each focus on a geography topic, including the atmosphere, the continents, the oceans, seasons, climate, weather, the structure of Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, latitude, and longitude. The author recommends spending two days on each chapter; one to snuggle up and read the text together, and the other to spend on the activities. Taking basic information like ocean currents, the rotation of the earth and plate tectonics and presenting them to children in an exciting way could have been a challenge, but the author has done a very impressive job here and has taken great pains to present the information in a personal way that children will understand and often be awed by. Occasionally the text is broken up by a "Tell the folks at home all about it!" which acts as a narration prompt. The narration jogs kids' memories about what they have read so far and helps them to remember it by describing it in their own words. To take this the next step, the author recommends that you and your child or children pretend you're on the phone while they tell you what they've "seen" in their journey. Each chapter's text ends with a "Postcard Home" which further embodies the "journey" theme. Postcard templates are found in the back of the book, or can be printed from online resources. For each chapter, children will create their own postcard of the journey, in which they draw what they have learned on the front and describe it on the back, as if they were describing it to a recipient. Dressing up the ordinary "notebooking" as making postcards is a novel idea that will undoubtedly be a little more fun! After this point in every chapter, there is a "Reaching Out to His World" section, which ties the concepts from the text into a need that people around the world experience. Suggestions for further research and outreach are included in each one, so you can not only learn about the earth but develop a heart for helping others, too. "Further Explorations" in each chapter list books which tie in to that topic, and each book is listed with a summary and a grade range the book is most appropriate for. Two "Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursions" round out each chapter, and although they're not "required," I can understand why they call them too fun to resist! Some of the activities include mapping the location of shoes found washed up on shore (after containers of them were lost to the sea) to investigate ocean currents, making an edible earth, identifying rocks, doing an "earth dance," making volcanoes, looking for pictures in the shapes of the continents, and much more! These activities have clearly not been "tacked on" just because they are related to the chapter's topic; they are well-chosen and things that kids will definitely enjoy. An appendix at the end of the book contains the postcard templates, geography copywork and maps you will need throughout your journey. What a fun and appealing way to study world geography as a family! I just hope "Vol. 1" means that more are on the way! Jess

Publisher Description:

In the lively style of Hillyer, A Child's Geography: Explore His Earth will take you and your fledgling geographers on amazing adventures through our Father's world - explore the atmosphere, the lithosphere and the hydrosphere, then maps, longitude and latitude - in ways that you will never forget! With Charlotte Mason-style narration prompts throughout the text, and note booking suggestions at the end of each "journey", you and your children will soon be singing exuberant praises to Him for the glorious creation of our home - earth!

Each "living book" chapter includes:

  • A fascinating journey through some aspect of our Earth
  • Narration prompts throughout the chapter
  • "Reaching Out to His World" segment - how to practically apply the chapter's geographical and scientific knowledge in a meaningful way, becoming the hands of Christ to a hurting world
  • "Now that your interest is piqued" Reading Lists
  • Two optional but "Too Fun to Resist Excursions" (activities)
  • Note booking directions at each chapter's conclusion

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Ann Voskamp
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Master Book Publishers
1.55 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.44"
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simple and fun
User on Jul 13, 2020
recommended by a friend
Anna S on Jul 6, 2017
simple and fun
User on Jul 13, 2020
Science and geography rolled into one....appropriate for both my Kindergartner and 2nd grader
Marti S on Sep 29, 2017
recommended by a friend
Anna S on Jul 6, 2017
To help my daughter learn and like learning geography. Nice, conversational style. Charlotte Mason style.
Jamie W on May 9, 2017
to add to morning time basket
Christine R on Feb 10, 2017
I have looked at this many times before and had many people tell me how great this was. I finally purchased so that I could add in a great geography course.
Danielle G on Dec 29, 2016
Recommended, need something to really teach geography
Andrea P on Nov 3, 2016
A friend recommended this for geography and after flipping through her copy, I was very excited to get my own and utilize it this year with my kiddos!
Codi A on Jun 15, 2016
loved The Classical World, excited about this one
Jana S on Mar 17, 2016
Recommended by Classical Conversations Cycle 1
Georgia L on Jan 26, 2016
It looks like a fun way to learn geography with a lot of opportunity to interact with each other.
Cynthia J on Oct 26, 2015
for my girls
Stacey T on Sep 30, 2015
Science and geography rolled into one....appropriate for both my Kindergartner and 2nd grader
Marti S on Sep 29, 2017
To help my daughter learn and like learning geography. Nice, conversational style. Charlotte Mason style.
Jamie W on May 9, 2017
Will this work on an apple computer?
A shopper on May 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It should since it is pdf files. You might have to change your default pdf reader from Preview to Adobe Acrobat Reader (and you might need to download and install that app - free download). It is transitioning to a download link (from the CD) so check with customer service (888-841-3456) prior to purchasing if getting either CD or download is important to you.
Are there supplies required for activities? Is there a comprehensive list somewhere in the book available of what is needed for the year?
Debbie on Aug 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there are supplies required to do the activities, but glancing through the supply lists for the activities, it looks like they are common household items like crayons, paper, flour, etc. There does not seem to be a complete list of all supplies needed. We haven’t started using this book yet. It is for the upcoming school year.
Is this hardcover?
A shopper on Oct 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: NO, this is a thick, glossy paper cover. I used vol. II last year and it had the same type cover. It held up well and is in great shape and ready to use again.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Ann Voskamp (loved by many for her blog at wwwAHolyExperiencecom and her New York Times Bestseller A Thousand Gifts) combines a heart of mercy with the mind of a scientist in this delightful and informative curriculum This book teaches so much more than geography!Science history compassionate ministry the Word of God as well as geography are all introduced by a warm and playful narrator who speaks to the reader as to an old friend Facts come to life through illustrations and analogies It takes true mastery of material to bring such substantive concepts down to the simple presentation contained in this workLessons lead students to further studies by offering links and choice reading recommendations In keeping with its appealing and effective layout vocabulary words and important concepts are clearly identified by bolded text and illustrated where appropriate There is much on these pages for little eyes to explore as they snuggle beside their adult reader Clear usable teacher instructions and reasonable materials lists make it possible to actually do the optional activities described in the book (The activities are truly optional and learning can be complete without them) Each chapter contains a �Tell the folks back home all about it!� section which presents Charlotte Mason style prompts to help students narrate what they have learned Notebooking postcards written by students create a collection that can serve as flash cards to help them retain what they have learned The �Reaching out to His world� section provides practical ways to extend the love of God to the people on our planet Accessible to little ones�yet filled with profound insights for the adult readers�this lovely book�s high gloss colorful pages abound with the love of Christ and the wonder and glory of God
June 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
What a wonderful resource this book is! We're using it for our science text this year as it is chock full of scientific data concerning this wonderful earth we live in I have found it very easy to use with both of my children ages 6 and 12 They both enjoy it very much and so do I! The most important part is that it's Christ centered in all things!It's written in a very conversational tone and is simply a great book to own You just pick up the book and pick up where you last left off which is my kind of curriculum! You also can't beat the price I highly recommend it!
June 3, 2008

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