A Child’s Geography Volume I: Explore His Earth
If there was just one reason I’d encourage you to buy A Child’s Geography, it would be that the profits are donated to Compassion, an organization that meets the needs of poor children in twenty-six countries throughout the world.
But when we reach our hands out to the poor, they never come back empty, and thus there are many benefits to using A Child’s Geography, and it will place within your child’s hands some important gifts:
- They will begin to see the Earth as one big home.
- They will learn scientific principles that govern our world and home. Terms like troposphere, equinox, longitude, and gyre are sprinkled throughout the book in boldface type for reference and further learning.
- They will learn vocabulary like basalt and seismic, and Latin and Greek root words for many terms used in geography like asthenosphere and hydrosphere.
- The Great Commission will become a burning passion.
- Their world will become smaller, as their mission becomes larger.
- They will learn important map skills.
- They will incorporate their learning into oral and written projects.
- They will be inspired to tackle some missions projects that will change their life, and that could change another child’s world.
A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth is a road map for an incredible journey around the world in eleven chapters. Each chapter can be completed in two sessions, with the first session a cuddle-up and read, and the second session full of hands-on activities. Complete one chapter per week for an around-the-world-in-eighty days tour!
The journey begins by way of rocket ship, as you escape the bonds of gravity and catapult into space to view the Earth from a different perspective, learning about the atmosphere, the continents, oceans, Coriolis effect, Gulf Stream and tides, the equinox, water cycle, and other scientific facts about the Earth.
Each chapter includes “Too Fun To Resist Excursions” with science experiments, art projects, learning expeditions, or educational snacks like the Edible Earth, as well as “Tell The Folks At Home”, an opportunity for oral recitation and reinforcement. A special “Postcard Home” activity, which uses a template provided in the supplemental CD-ROM, allows the student to use art and language to review, reflect and recount their learning. The “Further Explorations” section of each chapter provides a thorough book list for additional reading.
Perhaps the most valuable part of each chapter is the “Reaching Out to His World” section, which contains ideas to expand the student’s worldview and to consider partnering with organizations involved in missions and ministries such as Habitat for Humanity, Operation Blessing, World Vision and Harvest of Hope. Students also learn about ideas to help steward the Earth and fulfill the Great Commission.
A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth is a rare find, because you don’t usually find a book that combines scientific principles with geography, written from a biblical worldview by a homeschool mom who has such a heart and compassion for the world — a poet who has a book that has been on the New York Times Bestsellers list. A Child’s Geography is written by an incredibly talented author who stirs the soul with her honest and transparent heart spilled out on paper. Ann Voskamp has the ability to take the globe and turn it into a beating heart, and weaves words like a master turns strands of thread into a tapestry. In addition, she understands the concepts and is able to present them in a fun and engaging way that children will understand, and that will pique their interest to learn more.
For $59.90 you can bundle purchase both volumes of A Child’s Geography, which also includes Volume II: Explore the Holy Land. Both books contain a CD-Rom supplement that includes copywork passages and templates, postcard templates, review tests, maps, and a puzzle.
The hours of pleasant reading, the oral and written reinforcement, the extra resources, numerous hands-on projects, service and missions work ideas, the scientific and vocabulary knowledge, the joy of supporting Compassion, and a special peek into the heart of a gifted writer and poet, are a thousand gifts to me!
Last Updated: April 16, 2012
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