This year, we are going full force with a new Geography Curriculum designed by a Chrisitian Homeschooler. We’re following it and supplementing the Chrisitian parts with Islamic bits. So far it has been interesting – so much so that in today’s English lesson, R had to write three sentences about herself and one of them was: ‘ My favourite subject is Geography’.
The Curriculum we are using is Expedition Earth from www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com
So far, this is what we have done:
We started off by looking at the Globe and refreshing R’s knowledge on the continents and oceans. I cannot express how good the book in the picture is. It is about Maps and Globes – the Geo and History of it but it is sooo child friendly and suitable in the language and illustrations. Do buy this book – a must have for all home ed bookshelves. We’ve learnt so much already and all in a simple format mashaAllah.
We read about the different zones of the earth and then discussed them. I then mentioned different countries (used our ethnicities as examples): Italy, Nigeria, Algeria and where we live the UK and asked R to identify the zone they fall into. We then realised why Algeria even though it is an African country has snowy winters and scorchingly hot summers – its because it falls into the temperate zone.
Today, we read about maps and globes and the difference in scales between maps and globes. Eg, did you know that the scales on a flat map is not accurate and so sometimes Greenland looks as big as South America even though South America is 8 times bigger than Greeland! After this, R labelled a map sheet with all the continents and oceans.
Finished off today’s lesson by reading about Food Chains and Food Webs. Discussed different types of producers and consumers at different levels. Then talked about a ‘community’ being upset by something like a wild fire and what would happen to the other animals in that community should a consumer die away.
Quite interesting stuff. I quite enjoyed the Geography myself!