The picture associated with my gratitude is the homeschool curriculum Around the World in 180 Days, a World Geography curriculum by Apologia. We began using this wonderful curriculum at the beginning of the boys' 9th Grade year with the expressed plan of making this a two-year instead of a one-year course. Before the end of the year I we'll have completed the continents of Africa, Australia, and Antarctica at a minimum.
With most things the down-side to this curriculum is that I had to develop a syllabus, or lesson plans. These have worked out beautifully! If we take a week off Geography I just begin where we left off. We have checked out books from the library that I have added to their studies as well. For instance, recently I checked out two books on Australia, at two different times and each time I developed chapter study questions. Besides, this curriculum these in-depth studies offered even more knowledge of Australia, its interworkings and even alliances with other countries and why.
For their 10th Grade year, besides their Amercian History they will work on World Geography and the remaining continents. If for some reason their homeschool co-op workload is particularly heavy, we may need to spread World Geography into their 11th Grade year. And, surprisingly, I do not even have a problem with that. I know they are being awarded with exceptional knowledge of the continents and peoples of this world.
I hope to share all of my Sons of Thunder Academy curriculum for their 10th Grade year soon. And I thank God for the resources he provides to allow us to homeschool.