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When my daughter and I were planning for her freshman year, she was certain that she wanted to do world geography for her social studies credit. We’ve been pretty heavy-handed with both world and U.S. history over the last several years, so she was ready to change focus a bit and concentrate on the places, people, and culture of the world, rather than the historical events.
I always take every opportunity that I can to teach across subjects and combine credits, because I feel like it helps kids to see how different aspects of life are intertwined, provides a multi-dimensional academic experience, and is a wise use of time and resources.
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Art is such a natural element to include when learning about world geography. All people groups across the world have developed their own unique forms of art that help to define their culture and tell their story.
So, when we decided on world geography for this year, I immediately suggested art as an elective. It didn’t take much convincing, since my daughter is the artsy type anyway. When we had the idea of meeting with her friend once a week to do geography art projects together, that sealed the deal!
I just needed to find a tool that would give us a good framework for our geography art class. Sure, I could look up projects online as we came to each part of the world in our studies, but I thought it would be handy to have the ideas all in one place for easy reference.
We had used Trail Guide to Learning when my kids were younger, and we absolutely loved it! I thought I remembered seeing a high school world geography course on their website, so I looked it up.
And then…BONUS!…I also discovered The Ultimate Geography & Timeline Guide! Well, maybe I shouldn’t say I discovered it. But, I came across it for the first time, and I was super excited when I read about all the tools it included for teaching geography!
All of the resources in the bundle are used together to create a complete high school geography course, but I want to focus on Geography Through Art and The Ultimate Geography & Timeline Guide and what they add to the experience.
Can I use these books for different ages of students?
Yes! Just as with most of the Geomatters publications, both Geography Through Art and The Ultimate Geography & Timeline Guide are set up to work with multiple age groups. In fact, you can use them at any level K-12, so they’d be a great addition to your homeschool library!
Since we are using them for high school world geography, though, I will focus on how they can be used for homeschool high school students.
Geography Through Art is like a cultural art idea treasure trove! It features 27 different countries from six continents in over 100 projects. It gives background on the continents and art forms and includes the materials list and instructions for each project.
The star icons next to the titles let you know the difficulty level-primary, intermediate, or secondary. We have found that we can usually modify the lower difficulty projects to make them more advanced to fit our high school level n