Daily Geography Practice
Evan-Moor Product Review
Have you ever wondered how to make your homeschool day run smoother? Yeah, me too! Quite often actually.
A good way to ease the daily grind is to teach one subject to everyone at the same time. We’ve been doing this with Evan-Moor’s Daily Geography Practice. Anytime I can teach one subject to all three of our kids at one time is a real sanity saver, not to mention a time saver.
Working on geography altogether introduces the concept to younger children, setting them up for easier understanding of the subject in the future and reinforcing information for older children.
But first, a little about them. Who is Evan-Moor?
In the 1970’s, Joy Evans and Jo Ellen Moore aimed to motivate struggling students in their school. They joined together to create supplements that taught basic skills to those students. After failed attempts to attract a publisher, they joined forces with Joy’s brother, Bill, and formed Evan-Moor Educational Publishers in 1979. Thus began the evolution of Evan-Moor that now offers countless titles, digital resources, e-books, center kits, and so much more.
Here’s an excerpt from their Mission Statement:
“We strive to produce educational materials that are aligned with current standards and best educational practices—and with student interests and motivations. We pride ourselves on our ability to create products that not only build and reinforce basic and complex skills, but that develop a curiosity about the subjects in which those skills are taught.”
Homeschoolers notably find Student interests and motivations, along with developing curiosity about subjects to be attractive.
In the past, Evan-Moor has been recognized more in the public school system but is greatly making its way into the hands of the homeschool community.
What we received.
The ages of our children are 10, 12, and 14.
The E-book comes in a PDF file that is easy to view, easy to navigate and easy to print. Also includes access to 36 downloadable maps.
Daily Geography Practice contains 36 weekly lessons. Each weekly lesson includes:
• Teacher Resource Page
• Geography Vocabulary
• Reproducible Map
• 2 Questions Per Day
• Challenge Question
• Answer Key
Above is a snippet of the Teacher Resource Page. As you can see, it includes everything in one place for you to effectively introduce, discuss, and work on the lesson.
There are two question pages with two questions per day. Yep, that’s it… just 2 questions to answer per day. This daily geography is not overwhelming at all.
There is also a challenge question at the end of the week.
Here are the six essential elements taught during the 36 weeks:
• The World in Spatial Terms
• Places and Regions
• Physical Systems
• Human Systems
• Environment and Society
• The Uses of Geography
How we used it.
To make things easier we do what we call ‘morning time lessons.’ We do a Bible study every morning along with a separate subject. Right now that subject happens to be geography.
I print out the Teacher Page for myself and one copy of the map. I also print out one copy of the question pages. The map goes into a Dry Erase Pocket Sleeve. (I’ll explain why in just a minute.) I put the question pages in a dry erase pocket sleeve, as well. I read the background information from the Teacher Page and we discuss the vocabulary words. The background information introduces the daily geography skill. We typically have an open discussion and talk about any questions or additional thoughts they might have.
The dry erase pocket sleeves.
Because we do daily geography together there is no need to print out three individual maps along with three individual question pages. You, by all means, can print one copy for each student using it if that better fits your needs.
If any marks or writing need to be made to the maps we simply use dry erase markers on the pocket sleeve. As for the daily questions, we do the same thing. Because there is only one copy of the question pages and there are 3 doing the lesson, they take turns writing in the answers on the pocket sleeve.
Another alternative is an older or oldest child can write the answers that have been dictated to him by younger students.
At times we have skipped writing in the answer altogether and verbally answered the questions.
This approach has worked fantastic for us. Adding Daily Geography Practice to our morning lesson time has indeed been a time saver along with a sanity saver.
My end goal was to introduce geography skills to my youngest and to reinforce those skills to my older two. They enjoy the lessons and don’t get overwhelmed with gobs of information at one time. The information is very thorough yet not saturated.
If I had anything that I would like to change it would be that Evan-Moor created curriculum for the high school level. 😉
From a Frugal and Thrifty Perspective.
Evan Moor products are a wise use of your homeschool budget. In part, the e-books can be used with multiple children. There’s not a great amount of unnecessary printing for the teacher’s lessons plans. Also, you can completely skip printing and work off of a tablet to view the student pages. Your child can write his answers on a sheet of paper or a notebook.
If you choose to go with the printed option, the prices are very reasonable and well worth the money.
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How about you? Are you looking to add Geography to your homeschool schedule?