We did Module 1 last year, but I elected to leave the map drills of Africa out. Instead, I used a world map and the children learned the continents and oceans. It was a success. Now that we’re on Module 2, we are doing the map drills of the Middle East with just my ds7. He is doing SO WELL!! I think he probably would have done fine with the map drills of Africa. I was the one who doubted his abilities…shame on me! Needless to say, you should do what you think is best for your children, but don’t underestimate their powers of remembering the countries on a map.