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This year we are officially homeschooling high school!
As we venture into this new chapter, we require curriculum which will both engage our children as well as helping them succeed in earning credits towards their high school diploma.
Where we live there is a Social Studies requirement for the high school diploma, which covers both History and Geography.
North Star Geography covers:
Geography Skills (maps, navigation, etc.)
Physical Geography (lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, atomosphere, etc.)
Human Geography (social structure, heritage, culture, interacting with environment, etc.)
It is written from a Christian perspective and counts towards high school credits!
What Helped Me Decide to Use North Star Geography?
- Watching this Bright Ideas Press Hangout called All About Atlases for Homeschool helped me to get to know more about Bright Ideas Press president and North Star Geography author Tyler Hogan. It is evident that Tyler really loves Geography and Atlases!
- On the Bright Ideas Press website under the Geography tab, you will find North Star Geography. They have sample lessons available to download. I took advantage of that and had my junior high and high school kids work through that sample lesson with me. We also watched the intro video where Tyler explains about North Star Geography. While you are there be sure to check out other materials to accompany your geography curriculum like the North Star Geography Audiobook!
- The icing on the cake was this fun video called “Got Geography”. Yes, we all should learn geography!
The Day North Star Geography Arrived
My first impression was how beautiful the book is! Yes, it is a text book, but it really is a beautiful, well laid out book. It is obvious this curriculum was written by someone who truly loves and appreciates the importance of learning geography.
I promptly made a cup of tea, called my kids and we began reading! As I read I became excited because not only did I realize I made the right choice for our high school years, I am also excited to teach it! Although I have always loved maps, I didn’t particularly think I liked geography.
I was wrong.
After reading through and planning out our year with North Star Geography I realized I do, in fact, enjoy geography. As a homeschooling parent you look back at your own school experiences and my experience learning geography left a dry, apathetic taste in my mouth.
Now, I am motivated to have fun bringing geography alive for my kids! Only one lesson in and they have already realized how easily geography crosses into other subject areas; and they enjoy the atlas building exercises too!
North Star Geography is a win for us and for our high school goals!