January 31, 2011

Our Favorite Geography Items

There are very few things that we have for our homeschool that fit the "can't live without" category. Well--actually, we could do without everything except the library. And possibly youtube.

However, among our favorite items, the Leapfrog Interactive Globe (we have the Odyssey III), is definitely at the top of the list. The thing is awesome. We have competitions finding continents, oceans, countries, etc. We listen to music from each country (my children do this for hours). And mostly, my children just like touching the globe with the magic pen and listening to whatever info the globe spits out.

It is wonderful!!

You can read more about it here or here.

I realize that Leapfrog no longer makes this globe, but I'm sure you could find it somewhere. Or maybe just a different interactive globe?? Find one that allows you to compete to find places. And plays music. Seriously.

Also out-of-print is our very favorite atlas: National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers, 2003 edition.

I love, love, love this atlas. It has awesome pictures, has a picture of every country's flag, just enough info without being overwhelming, and large maps of every area in the world. My children love to look through this atlas for fun. So do I.

You can buy this book, even though it is out-of-print, or you could get the third edition.

I'm not sure if the third edition is the most recent edition, but it is available on amazon, so I assume it is.

The point of this post. These two items make up the majority of our geography curriculum. The picture you see below--where Miriam is figuring out where something is on a flat map and then finding the same location on a globe--is an activity she came up with on her own during free time.

Yeah. Exactly.

Sometimes the right products really can make a huge difference.


  1. You should download google earth and let them play on it. Jethro loooooves playing on it. He goes and looks at different cities in the world, looks up our old house, grandma's house, looks on the moon (I think), looks at where the whales are that have been tagged, and all sorts of things. I don't even know what all.

  2. bitter, bitter, bitter. we have tried to find the right globe and nothing compares as of yet. i keep looking on ebay - hoping someone will be ditching theirs...

  3. i love that you posted this...i made my comment and went -"hmmm, it's been a while"...and went over to ebay and got it.