Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let's Go Geography REVIEW

Let's Go Geography

If you are in the market for a good geography program then look no further than Let's Go Geography.  This hands-on fun homeschool geography curriculum is a hit with my crew.  I was excited to get a chance to review this product. It is written for K-4th graders but my 7th and 8th graders are also enjoying it.  The program is based on a membership option that can be purchased for the year (36 weeks) or by the semester (18 weeks).  It is an online program (you do need internet access) that works best when the modules are downloaded to your computer. You will need paper and a binder for your optional Travel Journal (Bonus Travel Journal covers are available as a free download when you sign up).

Travel Journal binder
Inside Travel Journal

This Charlotte Mason type curriculum is a wonderful way to learn this subject.  The program covers a country per week (30 per year) with a proposed 3-year curriculum (not EVERY country will be covered). You can start at any time during the year since each country (week) is a stand-alone product.  If you choose to start at the beginning of the school year you can submit your email to them and they will remind you to sign up before the school year begins.  I also really like that you have the option to get a weekly email reminding you to download the upcoming week's lesson.

Let's Go Geography
A typical week of lessons consist of: 
  • coloring your map
  • coloring, cutting out and pasting your flag
  • enjoying the music links provided
  • exploring and using the "sightseeing" links provided
  • coloring and making the craft
  • placing provided scrapbook pictures in your journal (optional)
  • writing in your travel journal what you learned (optional)
Flag page

I also have my crew complete the writing project each week on Friday which entails them writing about what they have learned for the week on the included journaling page from each lesson.

Featured craft for Hawaii

My older kids are just loving the coloring part.  They each have a heavier load this year and math has been taxing on both of them.  They enjoy the downtime to have some fun and that they are required to do some coloring.  While the lesson plan itself is geared for a younger crowd the information covered and learned through the provided links has been wonderful.  We are having fun exploring new lands and learning so many interesting facts about the different countries.  Did you know that even though Hawaii consists of 8 major islands there are in fact 137 islands?!!  Who knew?

I appreciate the optional library information for digging deeper into each topic covered.  Having all the links and information needed to enjoy a complete study of each country made this curriculum very user-friendly.  It was mentioned by fellow crew members that if they came across an expired or non-working link that the author was quick to fix it and offer any alternatives necessary.

Library info

Another fun activity that the kids enjoyed was making their passports.  There was opposition at first about pictures being taken, but once the protester saw the completed project they thought it was pretty cool.  We glue the country flag on the appropriate country page in the passport.

Proud of their journals and passports

We are keeping the pace just fine at one country per week and find it very doable.  We cover a lot of information, but it is far from overwhelming since we do just a little every day (you can easily choose to do geography on just one day a week and still keep this pace).  Each lesson for the day generally only takes about 6 to 15 minutes to complete.  We spend a little more time on some of it when we really get into researching some of the information available.  While it is written for K-4th grade my K4 student is really only interested in the coloring, videos, and activities.  When we read about or talk about the more in-depth material, she just colors.  I know that just by listening she is still learning. 

Continent Coloring Pages available as a free download

 The schedule allows for a break week at weeks 9, 18, 27, and 36.  No assignments are scheduled for those weeks and can be used as catch-up time if necessary.  Reviews (each covering 2 continents) are scheduled at weeks 12, 24, and 34 with a final review at week 35.  The final review looks like a lot of fun and covers games and an age-appropriate project souvenir for the kids to make and keep.  The project consists of printable pages that have fill-in-the-blanks that review what they have learned and a nice packet to create to hold it all in.

Coloring in her Continent Coloring Pages

Music link

The best part of all, besides the wonderful information learned, is that your subscription covers your family.  You can print out as many copies as you need for your students, it is not for just one.  It is a VERY affordable program at just $21.99 per year.  You can even break that into two payments of $12.99 (for an annual subscription) if you need to or one payment of $14.99 for only one semester.  What's even better is that if you are ready to purchase now they have 25% off coupon codes available right now.  I think the Let's Go Geography curriculum is a great fit for my crew and we recommend it if you want to learn more about our world and where to find what you are looking for on a world map.

Let's Go Geography

You can connect with Let's Go Geography on FACEBOOK and PINTEREST.

Take some time to also read about what my fellow Review Crew members think of this curriculum at the link below.  Happy Trekking!

Let’s Go Geography {Reviews}

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