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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
Quick Links to Geography Lesson Plans and Activities
[this list of links is available an information sheet that comes in the Practical Homeschooling: Geography booklet you can soon buy from Always Learning Books]
- Mapping a Garden to learn the basics of map making
- The Ancient World learn about the migration of people in ancient times
- Creating a Travel Brochure - Students create a travel brochure for visiting China. Includes a printable outine to help students plan their project. Easily adaptable for any country or state
- Postcards: Discover America Through Postcards Travel along with a husband and wife in their RV. Receive daily postcards via email or start your own homeschool postcard club!
- Secret Agents Understanding simple geographic tools; locations and characteristics of places and regions.
- Create a Country: Students apply geography skills to create a map of an imaginary country.
- Flat Stanley - its based on the book. You send off flat stanleys to schools or addresses around the US. They stay for a visit and return with a journal explaining the events of the stay-- the neat part is, these host states can include information, brochures, pictures...
- Global Economy: A Simple Activity
Encourage students to discover how we rely on our global neighbors by collecting data about where in the world the goods we use every day are produced.
- Comparing Countries
A graphic organizer helps students compare and contrast two neighboring countries.
- Memorable Maps
This "memorable maps" lesson provides students with a visual record of just how much they will learn about geography this year!
- Global Balloons learn about longitude and latitude
- Geography of Pizza (yrs 8-12) To describe a pattern of spatial organization, you must first break the pattern into its simplest components: points, lines, and areas. This lesson uses a local service business-pizza restaurants-to introduce these components to students.
- Continents and Oceans - A printable word search puzzle of the continents and oceans names
- Who Sliced this Pie - A lesson plan for a simulation activity that teaches students about the distribution of the Earths resources and population
- Earth at Night
Students use maps to identify the ten cities highlighted on an image of Earth at night as seen from space.
- License Plate Checklist More family fun while traveling -- bring along this pictorial checklist and see how many state's plates you spot!
- Culture Boxes: this activity will help you identify features of your own culture
- A Message in a Bottle create an imaginary tale of travel and adventure
- Our World - My Own Island - How are They Connected - A complete instructional unit with printable activities and assessment rubrics. Students participate in a simulation activity by designing an island, and learn basic geography skills
- Monkey Map As they invent a story and find a route to a stolen simian, students will go ape for this mapping activity!
- The Seven Continents learn the song - makes remembering the continents easy!
- Where In The World using the media to kickstart conversations about geography
- GeoPictionary - Directions for a pictionary type game with geographic places and terms to draw and identify
- Travel Brochure - Students create an itinerary and brochure of five different countries. A checklist for the project and related web links are provided
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