If you are anything like me, then there are times when you and your children just need a break
from the normal homeschool routine so that you can keep learning fresh and interesting. That is
why this book of unit studies was written!
Actually, it exists for two reasons and these are:
Most homeschooling families teach history, but very few teach geography.
Many homeschooling families get stuck in a rut and may like to use an occasional unit study to
pull them back out!
There are nine complete geography unit studies included in Around the World - one for each month
of the school year. Each one takes 1 week to complete and you can do them in any order. So, here is
how I suggest that you use this book:
During a regular month of homeschooling, spend 3 weeks studying history using your regular
history curriculum, textbooks and read-alouds. On the 4th week, change it up by completing a
1-week geography unit study on one of the countries featured in this book.
You are free to cover the material any way that you choose, but an easy way to learn about each
country has been suggested below:
Monday – Read the chapter, plus do some additional reading from the recommended reading
selections that are presented for you in the unit study section. You can find most of these titles at
your local library, so plan ahead by placing the titles on hold a week or two (or three) before you
intend to use them.
Tuesday – Continue to read from the books that you picked up from the library, plus add some
dates of historical significance to your history timeline. If you do not have one in the works, you can
use the links provided to create and begin your timeline.
Wednesday – Continue to read from the recommended reading selections and label significant
geographical places on the unlabeled map of the country provided for you (use the teacher’s answer
map or a globe as necessary).
Thursday – Get into the kitchen and create some delicious dishes from the country that you are
studying. Recipes are provided for you in the unit study sections of each chapter.
Friday – It is time to get out the glue (or whatever is required) and work on a craft from the
featured country. This is, of course, optional, but fun for the kids when you can take the time to
make something to remember the country by. Alternatively, if you have older kids, you may want
them write a one page report about what they have learned during your country unit study.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org. And,
as always, remember to have fun!