Guest Hollow's High School Geography & Cultures Curriculum

Welcome to Guest Hollow's High School Geography & Cultures Curriculum!

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This is a RICH and meaty geography program!

homeschool geography curriculum

If you've been planning on having your high schooler (or middle schooler) study geography, you DON'T want to miss out on Guest Hollow's Geography and Cultures Curriculum!

This program is PACKED full of great books, videos, art projects, music, recipes, and more to make the world come alive for students! This is NOT the typical boring high school geography curriculum. Guest Hollow's Geography & Cultures Curriculum is designed to engage and inform in a way to help students retain and enjoy what they are learning.

In this curriculum, students will learn about:

  • geography concepts
  • geopolitics
  • people and animals around the world
  • countries
  • culture
  • a bit of world history (in order to understand current events)
  • so much more!

Scroll down for the F.A.Q. and to see the weekly topics (with a couple sample weeks)!

Why study geography?

I believe this is an often overlooked subject that sometimes gets short shrift in our homeschools. Geography is squashed into history studies or quickly glossed over with a workbook or song. Kids often spend a great deal of time learning the cultures of ancient civilizations, but they don't usually spend as much time learning about the current cultures, people and places that exist all over the world. That leaves them woefully unprepared to understand our world's politics, world-wide needs, or even that there are people who live very different lives from themselves. Learning about the world can open their eyes, mind and heart concerning others and excite their imaginations with cuisine, landscapes, culture, and stories from different regions.

We made geography and cultures an important part of our homeschool and as a result, our daughter (who is now an adult), became very involved with the international community. She's fluent in reading, writing and speaking Japanese and has a degree in International Studies. She married a Japanese citizen and is living permanently in Japan working in Christian missions & ministry work via teaching and other venues like music. She and her husband have also started their own businesses. I remember her as a kid cooking up lunches from our Kids Around the World Cookbook and playing dress up in an Indian scarf. She cares about worldwide politics and loves other cultures. I think all of my kids have fond memories of studying other peoples and lands, and hopefully I've left them with a better understanding of the world, an appreciation of other cultures, and a knowledge of just how blessed we are.

Geography & cultures should be something we as homeschoolers don't neglect. In this ever-expanding global community, our kids NEED to know this material to understand so many of the things going on in our world that directly affect us as global citizens.

Cultural experiences for homeschool

Click here to see the book and resources list!

homeschool geography books

Question: What age is this geography curriculum for?

Answer: This curriculum was designed for high schoolers, but it can be adapted for middle school students. See the printable schedule for some suggestions on how to adapt it and what books you may want to consider replacing.

Question: Is this curriculum Christian or secular?

Answer: It's secular with two optional Christian books that can be easily replaced.

Question: If I buy all of those books, I'll spend a fortune! How can I afford this?

Answer: Check out our article on how to use a literature-based curriculum without breaking the bank!

Question: Why use a literature-based curriculum instead of just a textbook?

Answer: When I design curricula, I design it to be something *I* would love to learn and base my choices off of 20+ years of teaching my own children! Most kids don't retain a lot of what they learn solely from textbooks. Why? Because textbooks are often boring, and kids can't relate what they are learning to real life. I've scoured through hundreds of books to find interesting books and entertaining resources that bring learning to life and help students better understand the world around them. Geography is a super-interesting and fun subject. My curriculum makes it accessible to students with tons of terrific books, activities, recipes, videos, and more!

I've worked hard to create a geography curriculum with plenty of options that make it flexible, fascinating, and fun!

NOTE: In mid-January of 2020, we found out that the spine book had become unavailable new. Please note as of this writing there are lots of used copies available on Amazon and other venues. I've contacted the publisher and the author to see if they are going to make a 4th edition. If so, I will schedule in the new version of the book. If not, it's my intent to replace the book and update the workbook no later than the end of 2020. All current users will receive access to an updated schedule and workbook should this be the case (at the time of the replacement/update).

Are you ready to become part of the Guest Hollow family?

Click here to purchase a curriculum schedule in my store.
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Click here for a couple sample weeks.

Take a look at the weekly topics:

Week 1 Topics: Introduction to geography, seasons, climate, wind, the earth’s surface, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, water and ice
Week 2 Topics: Languages, religions, race & ethnicity, ancestry, the political landscape, settlements, economics
Week 3 Topics: Agriculture, culture, human migration, getting along, borders & barriers, governments, states, commodification, biomes, the arctic
Week 4 Topics: Map projections, map symbols, latitude & longitude, elevation and relief maps, direction, compasses, hemispheres, continents, Asia vs. Europe, regions, deserts
Week 5

Topic: The British Isles
Countries: United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), The Republic of Ireland

Week 6

Topic: North America
Countries: Canada, United States, Greenland

Week 7

Topic: The British Isles
Countries: United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), The Republic of Ireland

Week 8

Topic: Western Europe, the European Union
Countries: France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg

Week 9

Topic: Western Europe, the European Union
Countries: France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg

Week 10

Topic: Northern Europe
Countries: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland

Week 11

Topic: Northern Europe
Countries: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland

Week 12

Topic: Southern Europe
Countries: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Monaco, Andorra, Malta, San Marino, Vatican City

Week 13

Topic: Japan
Countries: Japan

Week 14

Topic: Japan
Countries: Japan

Week 15

Topic: “Down Under”
Countries: Australia, New Zealand

Week 16

Topic: Eastern Europe
Countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania

Week 17

Topic: Eastern Europe
Countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania

Week 18

Topic: Russia
Countries: Russia

Week 19

Topic: Russia
Countries: Russia

Week 20

Topic: East Asia’s Economic Tigers, Is Taiwan a country or part of China?
Countries: South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore

Week 21

Topic: China and nearby
Countries: China, the region of Tibet, Mongolia, North Korea

Week 22

Topic: China and nearby
Countries: China, the region of Tibet, Mongolia, North Korea

Week 23

Topic: Middle America
Countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica Islands: West Indies, Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, the ABC Islands, Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados

Week 24

Topic: South America
Countries: Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, The Guianas

Week 25

Topic: South America
Countries: Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, The Guianas

Week 26

Topic: Saharan Africa
Countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia

Week 27

Topic: Saharan Africa
Countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia

Week 28

Topic: Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries: Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius

Week 29

Topic: Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries: Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius

Week 30

Topic: The Middle East and Central Asia
Countries: Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Week 31

Topic: The Middle East and Central Asia
Countries: Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Week 32

Topic: South Asia
Countries: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives

Week 33

Topic: South Asia
Countries: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives

Week 34

Topic: Southeast Asia
Countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, the Philippines
Islands: Greater Sundra Islands, Lesser Sundra Islands, Spice Islands

Week 35

Topic: The Pacific
Countries and Islands: Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji), Micronesia (Palau, The Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, North Mariana Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Kiribati), Polynesia (Tuvalu, Tonga, New Zealand Territories, French Territories, Samoa, American Samoa), Hawaii, Misc. islands (Wake Island, Midway Islands, Clipperton Island, Galapagos Islands, Easter Island)

Week 36 Topic: Wrapping things up!

 


 

 

 

 

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