Written in the style of Hillyer's Child's Geography of the World, this introductory geography study incorporates lively text and a variety of activities to bring geography alive. 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. 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. Scattered throughout the readings are narration prompts called, “Memory Joggers.” 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. If you are familiar with the previous edition, you will notice that much of the readings are the same. Visually and organizationally, there are notable differences in this Masterbook’s revised edition.
First, you will notice the introductory information includes a 3- day- per- week schedule, updated graphics, and activity pages in every chapter. Activity pages vary from simple drawing or coloring pages and short answer/fill in the blank questions to word searches and hands-on projects. Some of the hands-on activities include mapping the location of shoes found washed up on shore (after containers of them were lost to the sea) to investigating ocean currents, making an edible earth, identifying rocks, doing an "earth dance," making volcanoes, 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. Also included are prayer prompts and song lyrics from traditional hymns or songs. If the song is unknown to your family, it will be easy to find the tune online. The back of the book includes scripture-based copywork pages, chapter reviews, semester exams, answer keys, glossary, and maps. KJV is used. However, families may use their preferred version of Scripture. Activity pages are reproducible for your immediate family. Recommended resources include the New Ocean Book and Map Trek. Projects use common household items. What a fun and appealing way to study world geography as a family! Jess/Deanne
Open the book and step outside your door into a delightful world of learning in the exciting A Child’s Geography series! This updated, all-in-one course for Volume 1, Explore His Earth, will take you and your fledgling geographers on amazing adventures through our Father’s world. Discover the atmosphere, the lithosphere, plate tectonics, weather, significant scientific discoveries, the world’s ocean, the hydrosphere, maps, longitude, latitude, and more – in ways that you will never forget! With built-in worksheets and fun activities, the course encourages students to take an active journey to learn about and appreciate the world God has created!
Course components include:
- A fascinating excursion through different water, land, and sky aspects of our Earth
- Memory Jogger narration prompts sprinkled throughout the chapters
- “Reaching Out to His World” inspires students to be the hands of Christ
- Easy concept-centered projects to enjoy and a helpful supply list by chapter and activity
- Contains glossary, written chapter reviews based on narration prompts, semester exams, geographic maps, time zone maps, and answer keys included
- A helpful course calendar takes the stress out of scheduling and makes it easy to follow as students learn to understand and apply the chapter’s geographic and scientific knowledge in a meaningful way.