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I am always on the lookout for new curriculum for our homeschool. I want to use curriculum that is hands-on, incorporates technology, and provides my children with a solid foundation of the subject matter. It was because of this that I was super excited to be given the opportunity to review Let’s Go Geography, Year 2 from Let’s Go Geography.
With the help of Let’s Go Geography, Year 2, each week my children and I get to take trips. While they are virtual trips, the amount of knowledge that my children have developed is immeasurable. They are developing a love for geography and are quickly filling up their travel bucket lists with places to explore.
So what is Let’s Go Geography, Year 2? To answer this, I must first explain that Let’s Go Geography has three years. Year 1 and Year are live, meaning they are available for you. Year 3 is underdevelopment, however, is shown in their “World Tour Three Year Plan”.
Before I delve into year two, I want to quickly touch base with the program as a whole. Year 1 and Year 2 has students learning about countries in six of the continents. The continents are North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. Year 3 works with all seven continents.
Each year focuses on different countries within the continents. This creates three full years of curriculum with non-repeating information.
It is also important to note that the Years do not need to be completed in order. Since each country is a stand-alone lesson, students aren’t building on previously learned information. I had not previously used Year 1, and had no issues diving into Year 2.
Year 2 is a 32-week curriculum, designed to complete one lesson per week. It is divided into two semesters, with 16-weeks in each semester.
Each lesson is divided into Chapters. These Chapters are different aspects of the lesson such as Map It, and Let’s Explore.
The first lesson had students create a travel journal. This is a 3-ring binder for students to place their important handouts so that they can easily access the information they have learned.
The lessons are setup to be very teacher friendly. Included at the beginning of the lesson is a set of facts about the country, including population, size, and the capital city.
Each lesson also contains and itinerary for the trip. This is a checklist of activities that need to be completed during the lesson.
The lessons begin by having students analyze and work with maps of the country. This activity has them identifying important cities, and geographical features.
The picture below shows both a lesson plan for the lesson on Mexico, and a Map-It activity that my daughter completed for the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Let’s Go Geography, Year 2 is designed to show the culture of the countries that are being studied. One such was this occurs is through the showing/listening of music.
The students are also given the opportunity to “visit” a variety of locations throughout the lesson. Through the use of pictures, and videos, the student can explore an area.
Students are also given a variety of ways to learn more about the country through the use of extra resources such as books, atlases, and websites.
At the end of the lesson, students write about the location. This is one of my daughter’s favorite aspects. She loves learning the facts of the location and uses these in her writing.
One of my favorite aspects of the lessons are the accompanying art projects. Two of our favorites are shown below.
So, what did we think about Let’s Go Geography, Year 2. We absolutely loved it. I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite curriculums that I have ever used, both in public school and homeschool. I love that it incorporates a wide variety of learning styles.
I also love that the files are digital, in PDF format. This helps me print only what I need to use, to reduce on the amount of clutter that finds its way to our shelves.
Another aspect that I loved was that it can be adapted to use for a variety of grade levels. All three of my children, ages 12, 11, and 9, completed the same lessons.
The prep work needed for this curriculum is almost nonexistent. The only thing I had to do to prepare for the lessons each week was to print the required papers, copy them, and check my art supplies list. That’s it.
The only downside that I found was that there were several times we experienced broken links. As with any technology, this happens. However, after the company was notified, they were quickly fixed, and extremely kind when contacted.
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