The anatomy of a well laid out homeschool high school geography curriculum is not an easy find because so many programs want to stay focused only on a text-bookish style which I have a problem with.
If you have been homeschooling for any length of time then you know that after you get out of the preschool grades that homeschool geography curriculum options are slim to none. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it sure feels like it when you homeschool the middle school/junior high and high school years.
So we have not wasted any time starting on our new North Star Geography curriculum by Tyler Hogan at Bright Ideas Press. You might get tired of me saying this because no, it is not available yet. It is coming soon! And yes, there are only like 4 of us bloggers that have this baby in its unedited form and since suspense kills me, I have to show you some of the highlights of our new homeschool geography program.
Because we have just started using it, you know I have to organize as much as I can first. So if you missed Homeschool Geography Go To Resources that you can use alongside this curriculum, be sure to check them out.
Next, I just set up some quick go to temporary binders (you know I love them and especially in hot pink). Until I get the sweet curriculum in my little hands in final form, it’s hard to decide on an organizational system. So just giving you a heads up now that no, the curriculum is not hot pink, though it would be a great color for it.
Homeschool Geography Planning a Cinch
You know I tend to be pretty candid brutal on curriculum providers about giving tips for scheduling and planning when it comes to teacher’s manuals. It is one of the things I always mention when I review curriculum. Maybe it comes from helping so many struggling homeschoolers. Please, I don’t want to guess how to make this curriculum work with multiple children. Give me some options for scheduling and North Star Geography delivers. Options include a one year intense schedule, a two year schedule and a one semester course when you need the bare bones.
Hands-on or Hands-off High School Geography
After the younger years, some curriculum really lags in the junior high and high school years for hands-on ideas too. Mr. Awesome is the reason that I had to push myself outside of my comfortable teaching zone because he learns best by hands-on.
So right away I printed our first lesson so that he could get started. But also where possible, I will be including Tiny in this curriculum too. It definitely can be used with multiple children though you may need to do some tweaking for your younger children or leave some parts out altogether.
Look at how North Star Geography is set up.
Of course memorizing lists in our home is a competitive thing so they got to memorizing the first list from Lesson 1. Does anybody fight in your house over who is going to be the first one to call out the list?
And they started on the beginning touches of their atlases by designing their unique covers.
What do you think? Does it sound like a good fit so far for your crew?
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