Memoria Press believes this, too. They have created "a unique geography program designed for students pursuing a classical education" (Memoria Press), Geography I. This curriculum focuses on the geography of the Ancient Roman Empire: the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Historical content is given in the "History's Headlines" and "Tour of Today" sections. "Your student will learn countries and capitals of today and relate them to the ancient lands of the Greeks and Romans, deepening his understanding of both the past and the present."
Before I write about Geography I, I'd like to tell you a little about Memoria Press. You might remember that I've reviewed products for them before. They are a family run company that "produces simple and easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools". Their products include K-12 curriculum, including Jr. Kindergarten. Their subjects include Christian Studies, Penmanship, Grammar, Literature, Logic, Languages, Phonics, Science, History, & Geography. Every product "is characterized by 3 things: simplicity, quality, and affordability" (Memoria Press). The simplicity lies in the ability of every family to be able to teach the subject, regardless of familiarity with the subject. The quality is demonstrated by the level of academic standards that exist within each subject. And the affordability is proven by the reasonable cost of the curriculum and the continued desirability by users. You can read more about Memoria Press and their products here.
As members of the SRC Crew, we have reviewed Memoria Press' Famous Men series, Latina Christiana, and Logic series. We have enjoyed each of the products, and have actually used them many times since the review. Being able to review Geography I is a wonderful complement to our previous reviews.
The Geometry 1 curriculum consists of 5 workbooks/texts: the student text, student workbook, teacher guide, United States student workbook, and the United States key, quizzes, and tests.
Each of the workbooks are consumable, but can be purchased individually for use with more than one child. The countries and history that correspond to them are combined into 3 sections: Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. In the text, there is also a section of full color flags.
The first chapter of the student text introduces your student to geography. Definitions and explanations of hemisphere, country, capital city, resources, and climate are given. For climate, each of the world's climates is described: tropical, dry, temperate, continental, polar, alpine. It's simply stated, which makes it very easy to understand. Each section of the text begins with a brief overview of the area. Memoria Press has included pertinent information for each and writes it with information that will interest your student. These overviews include sections titled "Story of the Land", "Land of the Story", Fast Facts, maps, and photos. Though brief, the information is enough to get your student introduced to the area and form possible connections to it with historical facts he might remember.
The descriptive sections that follow will then expand the lesson and include "History's Headlines", Fast Facts, photos, maps, and a story or two, all specific to that country (photo on right).
The student workbook is broken into 8 regions: New England States, Middle Atlantic States, Great Lakes States, Southern States, Plains States, Rocky Mountain States, Southwestern States, and Pacific States. There are then 4 sections that the student will go through. The first section is identifying the states on a map, the second is matching the capital with the state, the third challenges the student to match the state with the capital, using the correct spelling, and the fourth section the students must identify each state and capital on a map. It is a nice overview. It does not offer historical facts or information, which is ok for a review, I think.
HowTo Purchase: Memoria Press offers Geography I for $48.00. which includes all 5 books. That's an excellent value for a full year curriculum. You can purchase the individual books, if desired.
What We Thought: We liked Geography I. We used it as a supplement in our eclectic homeschooling world. We were learning Medieval history this year, so we connected as much as possible. Because there are Biblical references throughout the student text. we were able to use it also as a companion to our Bible lessons. I really liked the lessons because I do not remember geography well from high school.
These are my daughter's thoughts: "I like the way that the student text is set up, it is easy to read and understand. The text covers all the essential information about each country: location, capital, climate, resources, etc. I do not like the way the questions are presented in the student workbook, although there isn’t really anything wrong with them; I just don’t like them". I asked her what she didn't like about the questions, and she said that she didn't think that she could do them well without referencing the text. Since the lessons are suggested to be done 2-3 countries per week, she felt that by the end of that section, the student might not remember where the countries were on the map. I could see her point, but feel that each student is different in how they remember and we, as homeschoolers, typically know the best method to use to help our children : ^ )
You can view samples of the Text, Table of Contents, and the Workbook too see how this might work for your family. I'm confident you will see the benefits of this excellent geography curriculum.