I wouldn't be surprised if you all completely forgot that we do school at home. It's been forever since I've written about anything school related. I'm thinking my monthly post last year was a better plan than this 'post about school when I think about it' plan. It's not that I don't have things to say about school, I just forget to say them.
But! I can't ignore this. My sweet 7-year-old, Sam, has been doing such an excellent job learning his Geography Songs that I wanted to share it with you.
Let me back peddle a second and remind you that we are using Sonlight for the first time this year (Core 1+2 with Advanced Readers, for those of you who want to know). We are enjoying it immensely. It took a little getting used to because of the sheer number of books we crack open each day, but the well-roundedness that comes from so many sources is priceless. And, I must say that I didn't think much about it when I was looking into Sonlight originally, but this curriculum helps your kids have a global/cultural perspective on the world and life in general. And we love that.
I already shared about the book Window on the World. Geography Songs by Larry and Kathy Troxel adds another element to our awareness of the world outside our door and across the oceans. Countries are grouped into regions and set to music that reflect that part of the world. The CD includes all the songs and the book holds the words to the songs as well as maps that aren't labeled with country names (but there is a key with the list of countries off to the side so you can find the names and locations easily) so you can practice locating the countries on the maps.
The book and CD also include songs for memorizing the United States, the provinces and territories of Canada, the planets of our solar system, information about many famous landmarks throughout the world (pictures and descriptions in the book- no songs for these) and Geography fill in the blank song tests in the back of the book.
The video I'm about to share with you is of Sam singing the first section of songs he's memorized. This section is actually five different songs strung together. We're almost through learning all the songs for Africa, so I'm going to wait and share those with you another time. For privacy purposes, I only show the book and CD, so this isn't the funnest thing to watch, but it is fun to listen to so make sure your volume is turned up. I apologize that the camera is moving a little. These songs are catchy.
Listen and watch here.
Thank you Sonlight and Geography Songs! We're having a blast and I'm learning my countries, too.