Discussion in 'Homeschooling' started by Earthy, Jun 24, 2004.
Has anyone hear of, or used, Galloping the Globe? How was it?
If anyone would like to chime it that would be great
Your local *curriculum junkie* speaking up here!!! :lol:
Yes I did see it and decided not to purchase it after reviewing. It wasn't because it's not good. I just already had so much like that, that I felt like I didn't need anymore curriculum :roll: I wanted to get started on my ancient history too. Sometimes I will get something, and think I have time to introduce in too KWIM? :lol:
I reviewed it some time in the middle of last year.....the only thing I think I remember is that its suppose to be for younger kids, but i didn't really see anything I couldn't live without!
I thought too learning about the different countries in addition to doing ancient history may get me off onto other paths!!! So thats when I decided to do SOTW.
So we have a talking game globe and flashcard games on geography! So right now, my youngest can tell you all about ancient Egypt , Greece and China and where they are at, but he's not sure on Kansas, Connecticut and North Carolina LOL :lol:
I'm not worried a bit, because I'll hit *our* history at the appopriate time in our study.
So in the meantime we just do the games and I talk about all the states and other continents as much as I can.
Maybe if I use SOTW for History that is also geography????
Thats the way I'm sorta of doing it!
I didn't want to teach history or really geography from the *inside out* imho. Starting with family, community helpers, community,state and then world. I wanted to start from the *finished edges*, the ancients and work my way in, i.e. modern history.
I think some curriculum provides a myopic view when it comes to dealing with the US and our geography. We are so relatively new compared to the rest of the world. IMHO I think it would much more benefical, or at the very least interesting for my boys to understand *why the founding fathers felt such and such....* *why this area was named such and such...*
So for now, I'm content that my boys can find Egypt, Greece and China, and explain some of the terrain, customs and languages,but may not be quite sure where Connecticut, Kentucky and Georgia are.
Don't get me wrong, we play geography games, and of course we did the *Chinook* project and did *box exchanges* with students in other states, not to mention that just in everyday conversation, such talks comes up. So they are familar with them. I just don't want to worry about memorizing states/capitals, or study them in *depth* until I come to that part of history. There is so much more behind naming the states,river and capitals that I want the boys to appreciate. Of course, unless they go on a wild tangent, and need to know NOW...then we'll do it. KWIM?
So yes, when we do history......we cover geography as well. I don't really see how you can separate the two, of course unless you teach geography twice, which some home schoolers like doing. For example, you would obviously need to know the area of history you are learning about, and then if you had a separate geography curriculum then you would learn about that area too.
I like teaching things that are simple and connected or related in some way, so it works for me.
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