My 7 year old son is going into grade 2. We will be starting our first SCM material this year, and have chosen to do the Matthew to Acts and Ancient Rome guide. I am wondering about the geography portion, using the Visits to… series. I recently read a a review of this series that said that it was best suited to middle school and up. So now I’m wondering if should be looking into something else??
I kinda like the idea of working through Charlotte Mason’s “Elementary Geography” and Long’s “Home Geography for Primary Grades”. With that, similar to the Visits to… series, I could focus on a particular geographical area for the year and read books set in that area – using Jamie Martin’s “Give Your Child the World” book lists.
Thoughts? I’d love to hear your experiences with any of those resources and others! 🙂
we really enjoy Visit’s To…. series. I think it is great for all grades. Even as a tag along preK (and then Kinder) my little guy participated because he wanted to color 🙂
When young I have the student color the map instead of write the name, or place a piece of paper with the name written on the map. For example if doing North America and we do Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. He would color each one a different color then the next week he would color those states the same color (trying to do it from memory as I say the state name, but I helped him as needed) and we would add the next state. It amazed me how he would remember where the states were located. For the make a map, when little I copy it and they simply color it as I point out thinga like mountain range or specific cities.
By 2nd grade (we have used Visits to for 4 years) my students are using it as written but instead of writing the country names, in the back.of the book is a page with all the countries typed up. I copy this page and the kids cut apart and use the preprinted country names to label the map. It amazes me that we did Africa 3 years ago with baby, Kinder and 2nd grade, and if my older two hear the name of a country from Africa they still recognize the country name and get pretty close on the location.
I find the books to be very age appropriate, and we all enjoy them! I also like that the lessons are short, not drawn out. Visits to… is one of my favorite and the kids really enjoy it too!!
We’ve used 3 of the geography guides and love them. My oldest turns 8 at the end of next month, and it’s one of his favorite things to study.