How to Use Current Events to Teach GeographyLisa Rupertus
Geography can be tricky to teach if you don’t have a game plan on incorporating it into your homeschool. Some obvious ways to add it to your lessons would be to map out what you are learning in History, Literature and sometimes Science. It is easy to look up geographical locations for many famous events and people. We have also looked up many relatives and missionaries as we pray for them. It is helpful to have a location to focus on along with a face.
One of my favorite ways to add geography without having a full on curriculum is to use current events. This is a great way to get older students involved with what is going on in their world. Learning locations helps them present intelligent observations to conversations. News media is filled with many stories that are perfect for discussion and mapping.
Ideas for Teaching Geography Using Current Events
- Appeals Court
- Election Results–National, state, and local
- Natural Disasters–this is a great way to bring notice to your children and perhaps start a family project to help with relief funds or needs.
- Visiting Dignitaries
- Borders of Countries
As a family we have been discussing a lot of politics at the dinner table. These open discussions let the kids give their feelings on the different happenings in the country. Adding mapping to our school and has helped them to have some knowledge of where these events are taking place and take a bit more time to study them in detail. One of our recent projects was mapping the Appeals Court using a states map from WonderMaps. It helped to color the map to get a real visual on how the different courts sizes and locations influence their decisions. It was a simple project that didn’t take very long to implement but gave them a wonderful working knowledge of the way the system works.
What practical ways are you incorporating Geography into your homeschool?
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