I cannot lie. I had a blast doing the 31 day boot camp, but I do feel like I have missed out just a little on catching you up on what has been happening in my home.
My summer or these past few months anyway reminds me of a quote: ” Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. . ..”
Well, I have had all kinds of windows over here and more than I would like during any one time. All kidding aside, there is a reason I have not blogged some of my back to school posts. My family will be making some huge changes soon.
The changes are connected with my husband’s health. My kids have not had much of a summer because we have spent a good amount of time either at the doctor’s office or at the hospital with the Mr.
Poor hubby, he is just not getting a break with his health. My deep love and abiding respect for him does not allow me to speak so openly on a public forum. You are the best. I know you always understand that it is not my personality to be so restrained. I am not an inhibited person by nature.
I am so grateful that I have a public platform to share my passions and blogging voice with. However, sometimes it’s too easy to over share on a blog. I know once it’s out there, there is no taking it back. I will share the changes going on in my home and life soon because they will affect how I blog.
For now, I am slowly getting back into the homeschool groove. Nothing gets me more excited than to get into a geography groove. I have been mulling over several options this year. This means you have to let me know what you finally settled on this year too because I am taking the start up of this year very slow.
I go first. One book that we been using has been a life saver for us over the last few weeks. You know I’m not a huge text book fan, but when I find a good one and it is geared toward an older child, I like to share.
It is by McDougal Littell and it is called World Cultures and Geography. I like it because it has a hodgepodge of things in it. Some of the features are analyzing primary sources, fun facts and a history makers section. Of course like most text books, it has only bits and pieces of those things and it is not real expansive, but that is all we want. So it serves as a nice reference book for us. I am hoping to share some pictures of the inside too.
Mr. Awesome has been using it for a history makers unit we have be doing. I will share that next week.
Then of course you know how much I love Runkle Geography and it will be a mainstay for our journey in geography through all the years. If you are new here, I wanted to remind you that my printable for this is over at my Dynamic 2 Moms page for Geography and Countries.
I would like to add one more hands-on or interactive resource so I have been eyeballing Geography Challenge.
Mr. Awesome, unlike Mr. Senior 2013 has a low tolerance for bookish work. Sure, the kid is obedient but I am not trying to run an obedience school. I want a kid that loves it and I save bookish work for his essays.
And, because I have always been determined to feed him through his mode of hands on and creative, learning geography through a game may make a good fit this year. Of course, this means I would be the one having to play it with him. But I do see that this could benefit Tiny too as he could have access to the questions which are the answers.
Here is the review on Amazon about it:
The format of Geography Challenge! is similar to that of a popular game show. A student is given the answer and is asked to provide the question. Games are organized by geographic region of the world. Five levels of difficulty answer key included. Grade Level: 9th – 12th Author:
I like Around the World in 180 days too but it uses more of a notebook and research format, but I don’t think I am looking for that this year.
Your turn. Did you pull the trigger on something already or are you like me taking your time on finding a geography resource this year?
Hugs and love ya,
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Omnibus Sale Ends Sunday!
Tee hee hee. I love this picture. I grabbed mine yesterday. Wowsers..Over 90 ebooks. A value of $590 for only $25.00. The blogger network that I am part of does this once a year so that homeschooling families can be blessed by the value. There are tons of homeschooling resources among the 91 eBooks.
Read the drooling list on my blog here: It’s Time Omnibus Sale is here.