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Let's Go Geography would work for us, but I figured it was worth a try. So we jumped right in with Let's Go Geography, Year 2!
"Okay, we're going to do a geography lesson and then we'll be done with school for the day."
"Ugh! No!!! I don't WANT to do geography!!!"
They changed their tune quickly.
I'm not sure if it was the novelty of feeling a little bit like they were in a classroom setting, looking at the pictures on the computer screen, coloring their maps, having to raise their hands to answer questions... It felt much more structured than school usually is for us, and I think that worked to our advantage! Everyone was so excited to find countries and states on their maps (even the non-readers, who absolutely had to be included), to watch videos relating to the lessons, to learn a little about places we've never visited...
I learned plenty from these lessons, and it was so nice to have something scripted that didn't feel forced, to have safe links included directly so that we could watch short videos and listen to music, and to be able to easily skip past whatever we might not have time/materials for.
Everybody was eager to create their own "Travel Journals" in old binders I happened to have on hand, and it was so sweet watching them each claim the color of binder they wanted and fill it with their completed printables. I'm hoping to be able to incorporate more of the crafts in later lessons, but we've been low on materials lately and I haven't had a chance to stock up (the kids used up every last sheet of white paper and ALL the glue in the house!).
I have a couple of children who are naturally drawn to geography, and who read through atlases and stare at maps in their free time. Those aren't the kids who necessarily need a curriculum like this, but they absolutely loved it! The ones who do need a little extra prompting when it comes to geography also adored Let's Go Geography! They all asked if we could do another lesson the next day, even though we had already done a week's worth of lessons in one day.
Everybody's favorite thing so far was the videos - they told Dad at the dinner table all about watching Mount St. Helen's erupt, and about watching how large and small sawmills work. And I learned a lot from the videos, too! They're all linked to safe, ad-free sites so you can be assured nothing inappropriate will pop up in the video or sidebar.
Customer service was incredibly quick to respond when I was having technical issues (solely due to my own fault and confusion, which they graciously helped me with), and that's a hard thing to find! This is geared for Kindergarten through 5th grade, so absolutely perfect for our age range (1st, 3rd, and 5th grade, with a 3-year-old and 5-year-old tagging along), and I think it would work pretty well in a co-op situation as well.
The price is reasonable, and if you scroll to the bottom of the first page you can find a coupon code! I think we'll enjoy this for the remainder of the school year, and maybe beyond.
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