Discovering how to teach geography to the child who hates geography can be challenging. First things first. I can tell you what NOT to do.
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1. Don’t get a dull curriculum because it is cheap. “Lucking” out on a random curriculum because it was a good deal is not a short cut we should be taking, even if we are on a budget.
2. Do not plop your child in front of a textbook and assign the lessons at the end of the chapter. If your child hates geography … this may be why. You may have done this. Stop.
3. If you hate geography, so will your child. You will pass that on to your child like the plague. Embrace the benefits of learning geography with your kids. It actually is a great knowledge base to have as the internet makes the world small and traveling to different countries may be a possibility in your child’s future.
4. Don’t geography-worksheet your child to death. Worksheets are good; I am a fan. As long as they are used as review, practice, and evaluating what has been learned.
Change things up and see what best fits your child’s learning style. Then you can sprinkle that throughout your lessons to keep it engaging.
The best thing I like to do is incorporate geography in many other subjects. Here are some suggestions on how to do that.
Incorporate Geography to Other Subjects – If your child already hates geography, then giving them snippets in small doses may be exactly what they need to learn about, yet keep them from feeling overwhelmed by what they are not interested in.
Explore some of these other ideas to on how to teach geography to the child who hates geography:
Include hands-on activities and crafts.
Why study a map of the world when kids can build one? Why read about landforms when you can create them? When people learn by doing, it creates lasting results.
Surely kids can label the continents on a worksheet, but cutting them out and making paper continents will help kids remember the shapes and make connections in their memory, that labeling a worksheet can’t.
Montessori Geography Printables and Hands-On Materials for Kids | Chalk Academy
Creative Geography Activities for Kids | Buggy and Buddy
Learning About Landforms | Around the Kampfire
21 Landforms for Kids Activities and Lesson Plans | Teach Junkie
Make Geography Fun For Kids With These 10 Unique Maps | Hello Wonderful
World Map Geography Activities For Kids + FREE Printable | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Where Do I Live Printable FREE Activity | 123Homeschool4Me
Geography Through Art | GeoMatters
Hands-On Geography With Pin It! Maps | Artful Homemaker
Are you looking for an easy-to-use U.S geography curriculum for your elementary students?
Daily Skill Building: U.S. Geography is just one sheet a day, requires no teacher’s guide, AND includes answer keys! You can open and go with this elementary geography curriculum. Check out a a full week sample plus the extra resource pack.
Explore the world through pen pals.
With the Internet and technical advances, finding a Pen Pal for your kid is easier than ever.
There are many benefits to having a Pen Pal around the world. Writing to others will help kids build patience as they wait to receive their response, it helps them make connections for people outside of their circle, and it will provide them some perspective on how others live and think.
The best thing I like about Pen Pals is that it encourages the realization of a bigger world than where they are now. It helps them want to explore the world.
How to Find a Pen Pal for Your Child (Includes FREE Printable) | Big Life Journal
(Mostly-Flat) Things To Send Your Penpal | The Big White Farmhouse
Travel with technology.
Through virtual tours, our kids can experience landmarks, geographical locations, continents, oceans, and more right from the comfort of home.
60 Virtual Tours To Travel The World | Nomad in Love
Wonders of the World: 50+ Virtual Field Trips For Kids | Typically Topical
Take a Virtual Tour of the US with Geography Resources! | Story Farmer
Use technological devices as learning tools.
If your children love being online and enjoy screen time, well use this to your advantage. Check out these online sites, apps, games, and more to keep your kids engaged and having fun while learning on screen.
5 Handy Geography Websites For Middle School Students | Education Possible
Cool Geography Apps You (Probably) Don’t Know Exist | Techie Homeschool Mom
11 Must-Try Online Geography Games For Middle School | Education Possible
Use Google Earth.
Can you believe we have the capability to see an exact live spot around the world? It is really incredible. Google acts as an interactive digital globe. Explore these resources to use Google Earth for maximum geography learning at home.
Google Earth and Google Maps in the Classroom | To Engage Them All
Google Earth Landforms Tour | The First Grade Round-Up
1st Grade Geography Lesson with Google Earth | David Lee Ed Tech
Play a global game of hide and seek, bingo, or scavenger hunts.
Learning with games is always an excellent way for our kids to learn. The subject of geography is no exception.
Teens Can Learn Latitude & Longitude With This Fun Scavenger Hunt | Education Possible
Learning Geography Through Play | Hip Homeschool Moms
Geography Games For Middle School – Geography Terms Bingo | Education Possible
Use special projects.
Task your kids to map your home to get used to mapping activities. Create projects that help your kids think critically and make evaluations and record outcomes.
Make learning an adventure and a process, instead of just another box to tick. Projects get kids all into assignments and eager to discover for outcomes.
Map My House FREE Download Activity | Education.com
Five Themes of Geography – Project about Your Town – FREE | Addie Williams
60 Super Geography Fair Project Ideas | Walking by the Way
Use a globe.
Learning geography with a globe makes a huge difference when teaching your kids about distance and landmass just to name a few. Learning with globes can lead to deeper discussions about society and the population with your kids.
Toss the Globe Geography Game | Still Playing School
Teach the continents by making a globe | Gift of Curiosity
Simple DIY Globe for Kids for Continent and Ocean Study | Rainy Day Mum
Cook foods from around the world.
My kids and I love cooking projects together. Sometimes we mess up, sometimes we make masterpieces, most times at least they are edible.
When you are studying geography ending the lessons with food from that region will round out the lessons well and will create a bonding experience with you that kids will never forget.
Use notebooking pages.
Writing out information about what kids are learning helps them remember it well Rather than just reading about geographical topics, writing about what they learn can help them put their ideas on paper.
Geography FREE Notebooking Pages for Middle & High School | In All You Do
United States Geography fun printable pack of activities | Teach Beside Me
Make a lapbook.
Geography lends itself well to visual learning. If you could imagine, a lapbook for geography could contain maps, visual aids, color counties, landform illustrations, and so much more. They are also a great accompaniment to living books.
FREE Geography Lapbook | Homeschool Helper Online
Any Country Lapbook FREE Template | Homeschool Helper Online
Studying Geography with Lapbooks | Year Round Homeschooling
Use living books.
Encouraging reading in your homeschool can get quite challenging. With books, instead of texts, kids can learn about geography but also experience poetry, nature, fables, poetry, stories, and more.
Geography Through Living Books | RaisingDV
Living Geography Books To Teach Map Skills | Triumphant Learning
Geography Through Literature: Around the World with Picture Books | Nourishing My Scholar
Pray for missionaries.
As you are studying geography, through cultures, landforms, and countries, but sure to weave prayer throughout every step of the way. Pray for the lands you are studying, pray for the people, and their salvation.
Grab some more geography resources to help:
Fun Geography Lessons | We Are Teachers
5 Ways to Make Geography Fun | Look Weʻre Learning
6 Fun Ways to Teach Geography at Home | We Have Kids
Fun Websites to Teach Geography Interactively | Peace Field History
World Culture for Kids | Mama Smiles
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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