Monday, November 22, 2010

Hands on Geography

Recently, Bright Ideas Press allowed me to pick a product from their store to review. Since we have been doing geography at home and co-op this year, I was curious to see if we could use any ideas from Hands on Geography.

What is Hands on Geography?

Hands on Geography is an idea book written from a Christian viewpoint can be used in conjunction with another curriculum. There are instructions and ideas for many types of hands-on geography projects and games. The material is suitable for grades K- 5th. Here's what you'll find:

  • The National Geography Bee
  • Homemade Games
  • Homemade Books
  • The Country Notebook
  • Passport Fair
  • Joseph's Journey
  • Missionary Geography
  • Genealogy Geography
  • Nature and Geography
  • Language Arts and Geography
  • History and Geography
  • Maps Galore
  • Teaching through the 5 Themes of Geography
  • Outline Maps
  • Geography in a Flash

What I Thought:

This book is a fabulous resource that would be perfect for families who like to do hands-on learning, crafts, notebooking, unit studies or lapbooking. There are some printables included in the book such as notebooking pages, continent maps, and state flashcards. Most projects require you to find the necessary materials--though most are easy to obtain. In the photo above, my son is coloring a map from a coloring book we picked up from the Dollar Store. Each of my older kids made their maps into puzzles---an idea we got from the book.


Besides the project ideas, I liked that there were Biblical geography ideas (mapping Joseph's journey) and missionary geography ideas. I'm glad to have this resource at my fingertips as I continue to plan our geography journey this year.

Check out Bright Ideas Press for fun history, geography, and science resources.
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Hands on Geography: $14.95

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Disclosure: I am a member of TOS and I was given this product free for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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2 Comments:

OpenID Angela said...

This look like something we might like to add to our curriculum. I see that it's listed as K-5 on their site. What age would you think might work best or is this the type of thing you might reuse for multiple years?

November 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Mozer said...

Angela,

I would say that the target age would be around 3rd. grade but it is a resource that could be used for multiple years. It gives ideas of activities but is not a complete curriculum. That makes it perfect to use in conjunction with a history program.

November 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

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