Incorporating STEM and Geography

Most people tend to lump geography in with history, but categorically, geography is actually a science: the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Research proves that kids learn more effectively when subjects are blended together instead of separately taught. Countries, states, and cities may often be forgotten unless there is an interesting tie-in to help your child remember the location and importance. I have an affection for anything involving maps and globes. I think this stems from the genealogist in me. Township, city, county, state, country maps… they all fascinate me. I look at a map and start to wonder about the deep…

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Christmas Science: Geography

Christmas Science: Geography

Welcome to my series on Christmas science, in which we’ve covered chemistry and zoology. Today is all about geography. In homeschool, most people tend to lump geography in with history, but categorically, geography is actually a science: the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Christmas Around the World The best way to study geography in terms of Christmas is to simply study how different countries and cultures around the world celebrate Christmas. There are dozens of wonderful websites dedicated to this topic, but here are my favorites that we have used in the past… A free, printable Christmas…

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Hands-on Geography for Teens

A few weeks ago, I read a review from my friend Kris, about a set of maps that she was using in her homeschool. I was so intrigued by the maps (especially the fact that her older kids enjoyed them) that I added the link to my Pinterest board of things I am going to buy for our homeschool. Since we are currently studying explorers, I’ve been heavily incorporating maps (even more than usual) into our history lessons. My son remembered the salt dough map that we made four years ago and suggested we make another one. This map was…

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Reading Around the USA: 50 Books for Kids from 50 States

Reading Around the USA: 50 Books for Kids from 50 States

Alabama My Name Is America: The Journal Of Biddy Owens, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948 Biddy Owens is the batboy for the Birmingham Black Barons, one of the best teams in the Negro Leagues. With a supporting cast of characters that includes some of the greatest players ever, Biddy¹s story covers the games, the grueling road trips, racial segregation, and day-to-day life in Birmingham during this pivotal time in American history. Alaska The Adventures of Balto: The Untold Story of Alaska’s Famous Iditarod Sled Dog Balto, the great Alaska sled dog, still stands larger-than-life on Dogdom’s Mount Olympus. Yet few people know…

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A Book and a Big Idea: There’s a Map on My Lap

There’s a Map on My Lap! is a Cat in the Hat Learning Library’s beginning reader’s guide to maps. When my son was younger, this book taught him that the world is divided up into countries, counties, states, and cities. He learned about topographic, and terrain, as well as the difference between globes, atlases, and maps. For the love of picture book, my friends and I have created A Book and a Big Idea. The name speaks for itself. We will share one of our favorite books and a big idea to go along with the book. It could be…

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Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Geography

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Geography. Be sure to check out other Ultimate Guides, including Inexpensive Art Projects, Science for the Frightened Mom, Healthy Marriage, Living Books Based Curricula and much much more…almost 40 total! Helps for Homeschooling Living Geography for Homeschool: Charlotte Mason friendly resources to add to your homeschool routine Using Map Drills for Learning Geography: Simple Ways to Learn Geography Teaching Geography Without Buying a Curriculum A Bite of Geography: Tips for exploring the world from the comfort of your own home Using Maps in Notebooks: Ways to incorporate mapwork into your notebooks credit: Jimmie’s…

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