Geography is probably my worst subject. Give me Algebra any day. Weird, huh? I blame it on my public school education where I was never taught geography. In fact, I clearly remember fourth grade and learning about the states, but we never learned where they were on the map!! A boss I had in high school realized that I did not know US geography and took it upon herself to teach me. But any world geography? I embarrass myself. And I don’t want my kids to feel that way either. Now Brookdale House has come to our rescue with their Geography Drawing Series. We choose Drawing Around the World: Europe.
About the Product
This book is the first one in the Geography Drawing Series. You can purchase it as a printed book for $25.95 or as an ebook for $22.95. We received the ebook. I like this option because for me, it is easier to print multiple copies of the maps than to try to make a copy on my printer.
The program teaches the student how to memorize the placement of European countries by introducing a new country each week. The student draws the country, first by tracing the outline map of it, and then freehand. Then there is a worksheet, the Country Fact Table, that they complete with information pertaining to that country. A list of resources is given for you to refer to to gather the needed data. For the rest of the week, you incorporate the new country into your daily map drawing, so each week you draw all the countries you have already learned and adding the one new one. A weekly suggested schedule is given with details. (You can check out a sample of this curriculum here.
How We Used It
We pretty much followed the suggested schedule:
Day 1: I would introduce the new country. We found located on our globe or world map. Then we would complete the Country Fact Table. Sometimes we would use information online to do this and sometimes we would use one of the suggested resources that we actually already owned. Then we would draw and label the new country and every country we have learned up to that point, to the dashed outline map.
Day 2: Locate and label the learned countries on the outline map. Freehand draw all the learned countries.
Day 3: Same activities as Day 2. If we could only do geography three times a week, this day is the day we would skip.
Day 4: Without using references, list and then draw all countries learned. Sometimes, you can add a challenge to this by making it a timed race.
As suggested in the book, I put the maps in a page protector so the boys could use wipe-off markers and get additional practice drawing the countries.
I would recommend this curriculum. Although I usually don’t like a lot of memorization, drawing from memory seems to be the exception. Having boys, they responded well to drawing more than just labeling or coloring maps like most programs offer. I would have them use a different resource to gather the information each week to keep it interesting. When they used online references, we would spend additional time looking at real pictures of the countries.
Brookdale House offered a variety of curriculum for our Crew to review. Please click the graphic below to see what others received and what they have to say about it.