Welcome to Homeschool Geography Books and Curriculum at Lamp Post Homeschool.
Great resources for teaching geography at home–including many multi-level ones.
Grade-Based Geography Curriculum
This section includes the geography curriculum that follows the “textbook approach.” These courses are typically one year courses except as noted. They are more structured than the Multi-Level curriculum listed below.
Multi-level Geography Curriculum
Literature Approach to Geography, History and Science
Geography A Literature Approach
The Geography, A Literature Approach guide utilizes the Holling classics Paddle-to-the-Sea, Tree in the Trail, Minn of the Mississippi, and Seabird. This award-winning course covers three main geographic regions of the United States, as well as a basic introduction to world geography.
The guide enables the teacher to set up for a one year study in social science incorporating geography, map-making skills, research projects, history and science. Additional reading suggestions are included in the guide.
You will need the following items for this study:
For 1st to 6th grades.
Holling C. Holling Books (Used with Beautiful Feet Geography)
Holling Books Bundle
The Holling C. Holling books are beautifully written and illustrated. Save when you purchase these books for use with the Beautiful Feet Books Geography.
This Holling Books Bundle includes one each of the following:
- Minn of the Mississippi 9780395273999
- Paddle to the Sea 9780395292037
- Seabird 9780395266816
- Tree in the Trail 9780395545348
All of these are paperback.
Minn of the Mississippi
Follow a turtle from the source of the Mississippi where it hatched to the Gulf of Mexico in Minn of the Mississippi, a Newbery Honor Book.
Paddle to the Sea
“A small canoe carved by an Indian boy makes a journey from Lake Superior all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.” From the back cover of Paddle to the Sea.
A Caldecott Honor Book
In this Newbery Honor Book, a “carved ivory gull is the mascot for four generations of seafarers aboard a whaler, a clipper ship, a steamer, and an airplane.” From the back cover of Seabird.
Tree in the Trail
“A cottonwood tree watched the pageant of history on the Santa Fe Trail for over two hundred years.” From the back cover of Tree in the Trail
There is map work in this course. Though the publisher offers a very nice set of large blank maps printed on paper with an old fashioned look, we think a better long-term investment is one of the following map products. You can use either of these for other geography and world or US map studies. You make the copies you need on your computer printer in the quantities you need for your family.
Suggestion: If you are a really into making maps, then purchase some parchment looking paper at your local office supply store and use it to make your homeschool maps.
With WonderMaps, you can use your computer and printer to print all sorts of maps. There are over 350 different maps that you can customize for integrating geography and map study skills with other studies such as history, literature, science or Bible.
We’ve included an informative WonderMaps Tutorial by Tyler Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, the publisher.
Multi-level geography and history resource.
Uncle Josh’s Outline Map CD-ROM
With the Uncle Josh’s Outline Map Book CD-ROM version you can print maps as you need them.
- This is also available as a reproducible book for those who prefer to make copies using a copier: Uncle Josh’s Outline Map Book.
Also by Holling Clancy Holling
Not required in the Beautiful Feet Geography Study but it is recommended as a study of marine life. Pagoo is a delightful and in-depth story of the life and habitat of a hermit crab from its perspective. The author and his illustrators did their homework.