This year we’re taking a trip around the world! Our first stop? Africa!
We’re a few weeks into our unit study and I wanted to share some of what we’ve packed for our trip with you.
I have a desire to teach the boys that there’s a whole world out there. Outside of the textbooks and outside of our home, there’s so much to be discovered. One of the goals I have for the year is to spend time learning about other cultures. I want to immerse ourselves in the history of other countries and explore the globe. As much as we can from the comfort of our own home anyway. The trip will take us around the world!
Are you looking for geography unit study resources? Well, look no further! Join us on our journey through Africa!
We’re using Around the World in 180 Days by Apologia as our guide. I can tell you right now that I don’t think we’ll finish this study in one year. I want to take our time and this is not the only geography curriculum we use. We also cover a good amount of geography with Mystery of History, and I knew going in that this would be supplemental to what we already do. I want this journey to be so much more than geography. We’re taking our time and there’s nothing wrong with extending our stay!
We’re using many of the suggested literature resources found in 180 Days. In just a few weeks the boys and I have learned so much. I’m excited to see how the rest of our journey goes from here!
Other resources I love:
(3rd grade) David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)-This is a biography about a Christian missionary who traveled to Africa in the 1800′s. I’m learning how wonderful it is to close the textbooks and learn through living books. We’re only a few chapters in and my son has already learned so much about history through the pages of this book. I highly recommend the series!
(9th grade) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (FREE on the Kindle!)-It is not an easy read, but we’re taking it slow and studying it page by page. We’ve learned so much about the life of the author, the history of the time period, and the novel is filled with more vocabulary than any textbook can offer. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE learning through literature!
The Heart of Darkness Progeny Press Study Guide-I’m a fan of Progeny Press. We’ve used their study guides for literature studies in the past and they’ve never let me down. I’m using this guide as more of a guide for me and won’t be following it exactly, but it’s a wonderful tool to have on hand. You can purchase the instant downloads and interactive guides where your student can type answers directly into the study guide. Love that!
FREE OUTLINE MAPS! I recently stumbled upon this site that has printable maps for each continent! They offer physical and political printable maps with or without labels. As we journey through literature, history, and the culture of Africa, we label the regions we come encounter with. By the end of the study we’ll be geography experts!
World Vision-This is the resource I’m most excited about! Our family has recently made the choice to sponsor a child through World Vision. Our new friend is Leokadia. She’s 8 years old and lives in a poor rural area in Tanzania, where HIV and AIDS has severely affected her community. Our small contribution of $35 a month helps to provide clean water, education, food, and faith to Leokadia, her family, and her community. We will be blessed by the opportunity to learn through her letters, World Vision resources, and so much more. I can’t think of a better way to learn about the current state of African than through helping to change the life of a child who lives there.
We’ve just begun our journey through Africa and I’m more than excited to take the trip with all of you! I’ll be sharing with you as we learn and grow!
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