Our Favorites for History, Geography, and Science

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Welcome to week 3 of the Virtual Curriculum Fair, co-hosted by Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue and Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds I am having so much fun sharing the “behind-the-scenes” of what we are using for school with you. This week the theme is Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science. Did your heart just go pitter patter a little? Because mine did. The importance of building a foundation with Language and Math studies should not be overlooked. But history, geography, and science? Now that, my friend, is the fun stuff!

History Geography & Science

We have been fine tuning our history studies and have finally settled into a groove. We use Veritas Press History cards as our framework. Then we do lots and lots of reading. I use my Truthquest History Guide and Veritas to help track down our library books for the week. We’ll supplement with a documentary, craft, or an occasional worksheet, but mostly we are immersing ourselves in the story!

What I really want to share with you today, is something new that we are using. When I stumbled across this curriculum awhile back I had a hunch we would like it. I’m thrilled to say that my hunch was right. In the few weeks we have been using it, my expectations have been completely surpassed. This program fits us like a glove. What is it? A Child’s Geography by Ann Voskamp. We LOVE it!

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Here is what I love:

  • It is written in “living book” style. Ann speaks right to the child, but in a nice way. Not in a “I’m talking down to you” kind of way.
  • The book is broken up in such a way that lessons can be short and to the point. Which means they actually get done. Yay!
  • The CD-Rom included in the back of the book contains copy work pages and a variety of “post-card home” templates to choose from.
  • A short booklist at the end of each chapter is included for further exploration. I make sure to have extra books on hand ahead of time so we can read more if we like.
  • The experiments and activities included are EASY to implement, but still impactful. Again, this means we actually do them!

One more things to note about my new favorite. This book could just as easily be dubbed an earth science book. There is a LOT of science here. Everything from the atmosphere to earthquakes is covered. I love that. It’s a geography and science book all wrapped up into one fun package.

Would you like to check out A Child’s Geography? Well, guess what? You can download the first three chapters for free at Knowledge Quest!

In fact, that is what we did. It was that sample that convinced me we needed more! It is a funny story actually. I sat my oldest two down one evening and told them we were going to read a little from a new book. My 7-year-old son was compliant. My 9-year-old sweet darling girl, not so much. She was in a M.O.O.D. Furrowed eyebrows and all. I’m sure that never happens to your children? Anyway, I pushed on and read the first portion of chapter 1. Then I said we would wrap up for the evening. Well, my son begged for more. My daughter? She said, “well, that wasn’t so bad”. Yes! Victory!

Well, that’s the current scoop for History, Science, and Geography! I’d love to hear about your favorites, leave a comment and we can chat!

Don’t forget to visit some other great bloggers this week!

Exploring World History Through the Eyes of Scientists by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Exploring Our World With Social Studies by Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue

Relaxed Homeschooling: Science and Social Studies in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Living History by Sarah @ Delivering Grace

Classically Influenced, Project Strong, Adaptable Middle School History by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Primary Sources for Delight-Directed History by Susan @ The Every Day of Education

Watching History, or Using Video Courses for Social Studies by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Exploring our World: High School Studies of Ancient History, American Government and Economics by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World

History, Geography, and Worldview Lessons in Our Homeschool by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Our Curriculum Choices 2015 ~ Science, History & Geography by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun

Globe Trotting by Lisa @ Golden Grasses

Around The World by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Bible-Based History Curriculum and Resources by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker

13 Living Book History Series for a Charlotte Mason Based Homeschool by Chelli @ The Planted Trees

Social Studies and Science in Our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm

The Science Life by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

History, Geography Science for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

History Social Studies and Science…VCF Week 3 by Denise @ Fullnest

Learning About our World and History by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Taking the Mystery Out of History and Other Subjects Too With Our Favorite History Curriculum by Amy @ One Blessed Mamma

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Comments

  1. Teri says

    This is the beauty of virtual curriculum fairs like this! Being introduced to a book I haven’t heard of is always exciting! I immediately checked the book out, downloaded the free 3 chapters (crazy!) and plan on trying it out today:) It definetly is a gentle-living books approach, and it looks like a good fit to use with the Apologia Exploring Creation series.

    • Becky says

      Have fun with it Teri! My kids prefer it to Apologia. I always wanted them to love Apologia, but so far it has not been a big hit around here. Though I think we must be in the minority on that one!
      Pop back in and let me know how you like it!

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