"I am so pleased with the ways the world's cultures and customs are portrayed, with the variety of content that makes the subject come alive, and as always, with the way the biblical worldview is presented amongst the world culture topics."
Pam C., Texas
The First Thing
Thank you for choosing Exploring World Geography for your family. We are honored to be part of your educational journey.
Get your copy of Exploring World Geography Part 1. Have your student read "Why You Should Study Geography" (pages vii-viii). As a parent, read the "How to Use This Curriculum" section starting on page ix. That will help you see how all the books fit together and what you will need to do each day and each week.
If any questions come to mind after you review the rest of this page, or later as you are using the material, please contact us any time.
Exploring World Geography has 30 units with five lessons each. If you'd like a video walkthrough of how one unit is laid out, here is author Ray Notgrass to explain it.
We chose twelve literature titles to go along with this curriculum. You can find a list of the books and when they are assigned on page xx in Part 1.
If you want your student to earn English credit, the literature is a vital part of the course. However, if you want to focus only on the geography credit, reading the literature is not essential to understanding the lessons.
We included instructions on when to read each book in the lesson assignments at the end of lessons. The first literature book we assign is Know Why You Believe by Paul Little. Your student starts it in Unit 1 (see the literature introduction on page 2 and the assignments on page 9).
The Student Review has literary analysis and review questions for each book.
Notes About the Literature
We deliberately chose quality literature that will enrich your student's study of geography. The books we recommend have some content that we want you to be aware of in advance. We provide specific notes about each book in the Guide for Parents and Answer Key. If you did not purchase the Student Review Pack, you can download the Guide for Parents at no charge.
Notgrass History curriculum is self-contained. You don't need to add anything else unless you want to. However, if you are looking for videos, virtual field trips, interactive websites, and other resources to supplement your studies, check out the resources we have listed at Homeschool History.
All of the instructions and assignments for each lesson are included in the Exploring World Geography Part 1 and Part 2 lesson books. Some of our customers have requested that we provide a lesson assignment checklist to help keep track of what their students are doing. You can download this checklist from our website, if it's helpful. We also provide a few supplemental links.
Don't feel like you have to use all of these extra downloads to do a good job! They are tools that some parents find helpful. We don't want you or your child to feel overwhelmed by our curriculum. We trust you to teach each child the way you know works best for him or her.
We've posted answers to frequently asked questions about using our high school curriculum. If you don't find the answer you need there, please email, call, or text us. You can also join one of our online communities to connect with other parents.