We have provided suggestions for many, many resources with this study. Most families will not need or want everything here. Indeed, the bounty here is a reflection of the fact that we have large families that span all age groups and we are writing together, so you see the collaborative list of resources. The two books that will be "must haves" are the two volumes of A Child's Geography. These are living books that we consider great gifts to our children.
When we first set about to plan our travels, we were very intentional. This geography study was to be all about caring. It was our hearts' desire to infuse our children with a knowledge of the world God created. More importantly, we wanted them to come away from our study with a heart for its people. Many of you are familiar with Ann Voskamp's poetic voice at A Holy Experience. She brings that voice to these volumes, but she also brings a keen understanding and respect for young learners . These books bring the world into our living rooms and then inspire our children to want to go out and make believers of all nations.
To begin your African geography studies, use A Child's Geography Volume 1 . Do the first three chapters, one a week, over three weeks. Follow the suggested presentation guidelines in the book. This book and its companion are critical to our studies. Here, you will find copywork, earth science, projects, resources, and some of the best "living books" geography overview in the world. These volumes will inspire your children to care about the people and places we study.
After the first three weeks, shift your focus to Egypt and use A Child's Geography Volume 2,
You will study the Egypt chapters only, taking three weeks. Then, we will move on to the Middle East for the rest of the semester (those resources will be posted in a separate post).
- Africa Flags - 50 in all
- Africa Maps - 4 in all
- Africa Animals - 16 in all
- Africa Plants - 12 in all
- Africa Places - 8 in all
- Africa Fact Sheet
- Africa Arrows - for each country & ocean
- Instructions for making & using this kit
- Flags, Animals, Plants, and Places include a picture card, label, and control card for making 3-part cards.
We suggest devoting two days a week to the work in A Child's Geography and three days to the other lesson blocks. Alternatively, schedule two separate A Child's Geography blocks on the same day.
Schedule Sample here: Download Calendar_2009-05-10_2009-05-17(2)
Please, please note: what follows are book suggestions for many different aspects of this geography study. Often, one well-chosen book in each category will be enough. The idea here is not to read everything we suggest. The idea is to take the list to the library, preview books and choose wisely. Few libraries will have all these choices available, so we wanted to give you options. We've put an asterix by the books we will work particularly hard to provide in our homes.
*The Water Hole
*Honey, Honey Lion (Jan Brett website videos: How to Draw a Stork in Africa; Jan Brett in Africa)
*One Small Square: African Savanna
Everyone Will Enjoy:
If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Heiroglyphs
The Golden Goblet
Picture Books too Good to Limit to Little Ones:
Picture Books too Good to Limit to Little Ones:
Chidi Only Likes Blue (Nigeria)
*Kente Colors (Ghana)
*Beat the Story Drum Pum-Pum (East Africa)
Picture Books to Good to Limit to Little Ones:
Our Lady of Africa, Mother of us all,
be specially mindful of the peoples of Africa.
Gather together all those who follow Jesus Christ.
May they be one in the Church of your Son.
May all those who have not yet recognized Jesus
as the Son of the Father be drawn by his Light.
May all those who have been seized by Christ
proclaim the Good News by their whole life.
You who were present with the Apostles
at the beginning of the Church,
support the apostles of today
that they may boldly proclaim the Word of God.
(from White Fathers website)
- Mark St. Augustine's home country (patron saints index)
- Mark St. Josephine Bakhita's home country (patron saints index)
- Mark St. Tekla's home country ( see suggested faith stories)
- Mark St. Frumentia's mission territory (patron saints index)
- Mark Blessed Edel Quinn's mission territory (patron saints index)
- Mark the home of Charles Lwanga and Companions (patron saints index)
- Mark locations of modern missionaries discovered (Find a list of African missionary organizations here)
- Shade in 5 countries where the primary religion is Christian. (Click on any country to learn more about it, including religious statistics)
- Shade in 5 countries where the primary religion is Islam.
- Shade in 5 countries where indigenous beliefs or animism are still predominant.
- Shade in at least five countries that are currently or have recently been in civil unrest.
- Ephesians 2:1-10
- John 6: 1-14
- Psalm 121
- Egyptian pyramids
- King Tut
- African Masks (Choose at least three cultures to represent)
- Woven baskets (Choose at least three styles to represent)
- Images of gods/goddesses (at least two)
- common name
- classification information
- physical characteristics
- African Elephant
- Others as time and interest allow
- illustrations using watercolors, lyra pencils, or beeswax crayons
- modeling story scenes from beeswax
- using wooden figures to recreate the story
- dramatizing the story using play silks
Three Period Lesson
How to present the continent work to young children.
More on push pin map work
A further refinement of this work for older children involves using the puzzle pieces to trace each country onto a blank piece of paper, thereby re-creating a given continent. The countries are then individually colored in and labeled. The first picture in this post provides an example of this style of map work.
Punch pin pad and stylus