back in june i shared our plan for the boys to complete one of their history requirements over a two-year plan on world geography. we selected around the world in 180 days by apologia. because the curriculum did not come with a syllabus, or lesson planning i created my own which i shared with anyone who wanted a copy. we have been using the syllabus and i have made adjustments as i go. if this was our only history for the year i'm sure we wouldn't have any trouble following the plan but because of our other classes: Bible/World History, Algebra I, Spanish II, Art and Design, Physical Science, Vocabulary, and Literature we are giving World Geography attention, but, not necessarily every day.
thus, i've been using the plan but i've modified days and assignments.
in addition, i've added a few things to the plan: the two biggest additions is reading A Heart of Darkness and adding a country by country review. thankfully we can use Heart of Darkness will also be apart of our literature assignments by using the Glencoe Literature Study Guides available on line.
i wasn't sure how to include a country by country review so i looked on line for some ideas and just started adding things that i thought the boys should know about the countries of Africa.
i began with an overview of the countries key notes. simple bits of information. because they like to draw i included a place for the countries flag and symbol.
i think the best information is going to come from a writing profile or overview of the countries history. super easy but lots of additional information that i wasn't finding in around the world in 180 days. i think counrty profiles would be a wonderful addition to the curriculum. the curriculum covers so many intriguing and broad studies on each continent but i wanted something a bit more 'geography-e' what's the country, where's it at on the continent, what kind of government, what are it's natural resources, what kind of education happens there, what's its history...i think these are necessary bits of important information for any age child to know.
so, just a bit of an update on our world geography curriculum.