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It depends on how in-depth you want to get with US Geography. I bought the notebooking CD that covers all 3 levels (found it CHEAP at our local hs consignment shop) and the teacher manual. Well, day one of US Geography and I realized that I didn't want to go as in-depth as Trail Guide takes you. My goal was for my dc to learn the locations and capitols of the 50 states and perhaps a few landmarks, major rivers and some history. So, again, it depends on your goals. I will say that Deanna at Narrow Gate Academy made up these really cute mini-books for the 50 states and has them on her blog to download. Basically it was a mini-map to locate the capitol, a picture to color of the state bird/flower, a place to put a flag sticker and some other facts. Those look perfect for your age group actually. Again...figure out what your goals are for your study and then decide. Trail Guide is a good program...if it is what you are looking for, KWIM?

 

BTW...I really just wanted to bump your thread up so you could get more responses! :D

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Thanks Sue!

 

Here are her geography links/resources:

http://narrowgateacademy.blogspot.com/search/label/geography'>http://narrowgateacademy.blogspot.com/search/label/geography'>http://narrowgateacademy.blogspot.com/search/label/geography'>http://narrowgateacademy.blogspot.com/search/label/geography

 

Here is her fabulous blog, with photos of booklets:

http://narrowgateacademy.blogspot.com/

 

And her files:

The stickers

http://www.savefile.com/files/1040344

The lapbooks

http://www.savefile.com/files/1053681

 

This information is incredible! Be sure an thank her if you download. WOW!

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I didn't like it and neither did may kids. They just looked up the answers to the daily questions in the book without reading the material about the entire state. The answers are easy to find. The mapping was tough - trying to fit all the information on a state map (Unlce whoever's) was tough.The projects for each state took at least an hour, the kids would sometimes spend that much time just thinking of something to do and with 2 states a week it was more time than I wanted to spend on geography. We did keep some ideas - we have a notebook an a sheet to fill in for each state with capitol, history etc. and a map with some major features. Its quicker and enough for me.

 

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I really looked into this for my 3rd and K as well but decided it would be better suited when they were in middle school years. I love the above mentioned links though, they look awesome!

 

I'm using Beautiful Feet Geography with the Hollings books this next yr year, they have amazing maps. I also got the Professor Noggin's card games for geography and the kids like those alot.

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I really looked into this for my 3rd and K as well but decided it would be better suited when they were in middle school years. I love the above mentioned links though, they look awesome!

 

I'm using Beautiful Feel Geography with the Hollings books this next yr year, they have amazing maps. I also got the Professor Noggin's card games for geography and the kids like those alot.

 

Do you have a source for these? I googled them and couldn't find ANY info but it sounds interesting. Thanks!

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Do you have a source for these? I googled them and couldn't find ANY info but it sounds interesting. Thanks!

 

Here is the Geography curriculum from Beautiful Feet using the Holling C. Holling books:

http://www.bfbooks.com/s.nl;jsessionid=0a010b421f43869a769409a64b3599bad29bcd31a366.e3eSc38TaNqNe34Pa38Ta38RaN10?sc=15&category=-115&it=A&id=283

 

And here are the Professor Noggin cards:

http://www.professornoggin.com/Pages/Game%20Pages/GeoUSA.html

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Ann in IA had a typo, so I was googling "beautiful feel" :lol:

 

Thanks for the info!

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I spoke to Laurie at Veritas Press about what I could use with Omnibus to incorporate some geography. She reccommended the Trail Guides to World Geography. She said that at least 50 geography programs make it over her desk in a year and this one was the only one that she thought was worthy enough to hold on to. She said they were working on a schedule to combine it with Omnibus in the future. I ordered it to try it out based on her reccommendation. BJU Geography was just too much with Omnibus. I hope to recieve it in a couple weeks. I'll let you know what I think.

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