Today, I want to chat about the advantages of literature-based geography in your homeschool. If you’ve been hanging around with us for any length of time, you already know that we love books around here!
The Advantages Of Literature-Based Geography In Your Homeschool
*Disclosure: I received Beautiful Feet Books Geography for K-3rd at no cost and was compensated for my time to write a review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share products and resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy. If you’ve been following us for a while, you already know we love Beautiful Feet Books.
How we incorporate books into our daily learning
The research on reading aloud is substantial. The importance of reading aloud cannot be overstated. Your daily read-aloud is the most important part of your entire homeschool day.
As a school psychologist and bibliophile, I was aware of the research on reading aloud long before I became an unexpected homeschooler. I’ve read aloud to my kiddos daily since they were itty bitties, and I plan to read aloud until they leave for college.
Our family’s favorite homeschool tradition is something we call Coffee and Books.
Coffee and Books is as simple as it sounds. I drink my coffee and I read aloud to my three children (ages 14, 12, and 10). Coffee and Books feels too simple, but I know it’s the most important part of our entire day.
For the eight-plus years we’ve been homeschooling, Coffee and Books has served as the spine of our homeschool.
When the kiddos were little, reading aloud to all three leveled the playing field. Readers and non-readers could follow along. And Coffee and Books allowed for me to cover any academic topic or current area of interest.
In addition to covering any topic or subject matter, Coffee and Books helps us to connect. This connection helps lay the groundwork for a successful day. Connected kids tend to be more cooperative and receptive to learning!
Nowadays, Coffee and Books looks different. I suddenly have a teen who, for the first time in his life, is a late riser. Coffee and Books still happens daily, but some days I’ve long since finished my coffee!
Here are just a few reasons why Coffee and Books has been a success in our homeschool:
- Coffee and Books provided a slow, peaceful start to the day
- Reading during breakfast reduced breakfast bickering and sibling squabbles
- Starting our day with something everyone loved resulted in good moods
- And, while it certainly didn’t feel like work, reading aloud is arguably the most important part of any homeschool day
Coffee and Books is stealth learning at its best because you can cover virtually any subject. Have you been light on geography this month? Are you having power struggles over the math workbook? Reading aloud can fix that! Another perk is that all children, regardless of reading level, are exposed to the same content. This is wonderful for parents who are homeschooling a range of ages.
Coffee and Books with Beautiful Feet
Beautiful Feet Books is an award-winning homeschool company that offers families a literature-rich curriculum that is both inspiring and easy to use.
Beautiful Feet Books features some of the best literature available, with countless award-winning titles.
For those curious, I try to use secular curricula. Beautiful Feet Books is not secular, but I haven’t found the materials to be overtly religious.
Beautiful Feet Books literature packs can be used with multiple students or a single student. Many studies can be used for an entire school year or adjusted to be used for one semester.
It’s so important to make your homeschool resources work for your unique family! For example, my children are older, and I have used this geography-based literature pack for our summer Coffee and Books. We are not using the teacher guide or map at the moment. Make your homeschool resources work for you!
In this post, I am going to share how our family has incorporated Beautiful Feet Books Geography Through Literature Pack K-3 into our summer homeschool routine. (I love it when we can have Coffee and Books outside on the patio!)
Our family has enjoyed the following literature-based homeschool packages from Beautiful Feet Books:
- Early American History Primary
- Teaching Character Primary
- Around the World with Picture Books Part I
- Geography Through Literature Study
- History of Science
- Teaching Character Intermediate
- History of Classical Music
- History of the Horse
Our family is not new to Beautiful Feet Books!
Today, I want to talk about a new literature-based geography pack from Beautiful Feet Books!
Learning About Geography Through Literature
When I was offered the opportunity to review Beautiful Feet Books Geography Through Literature Pack K-3, I jumped at the chance.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Cait. Your kids are 14-, 12-, and 10 years old. Are you seriously reading books from a K-3 pack?”
Yes. Yes, I am.
I am almost 44 years old and I have yet to outgrow picture books. I read picture books aloud to my kiddos every single day!
Beautiful Feet Books Geography Through Literature Pack K-3 did not disappoint! This literature-based geography picture book study features many titles you will recognize, and many more that will make your family read-alouds memorable and magical!
As you read high-quality geography picture books to your children, you’ll be teaching them U.S. geography, state symbols, direction, and map skills.
Beautiful Feet Books Geography Through Literature Pack K-3 includes thirty-six lessons. If you want to use this literature pack as a one-year course, you can complete one lesson per week. If you’d rather use this resource as a semester study, simply complete two lessons per week.
Beautiful Feet Books Geography Through Literature Pack K-3 includes the following:
- Teacher Guide
- 11 books
The Teacher Guide includes discussion questions, hands-on activities, field trip recommendations, recipes, video links, and more.
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A literature-based homeschool geography study was perfect for our summer Coffee and Books!
Coffee and Books is stealth learning at its best because you can cover virtually any subject. Have you been light on history this month? Reading aloud can fix that.
Another perk is that all children, regardless of reading level, are exposed to the same content. This is wonderful for parents who are homeschooling a range of ages.
Beautiful Feet Books takes all of the guesswork out of book selection, as their award-winning literature packs feature amazing titles that you’ll want to keep on your family bookshelf for years to come!
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