North Star Geography Review
I recently received a free copy of a new geography book North Star Geography.
Is It Charlotte Mason Styled Geography?
The North Star Geography book fits the Charlotte Mason idea of Panoramic Geography.
- A good narrative reader with diagrams and coloured pictures. There are a few sidebars but these don’t detract from the text. Notebooking and chapter narrations would be easy to do as the chapters are broken down into sections.
And downloadable files with:
- Map skills, activities and projects. Some of these do seem like busy work but you can pick and choose. They do not appear in the book but they are in the schedule provided.
- Suggested note taking guide that could be used if your child isn’t keen on notebooking. Charlotte Mason used these type of review questions in her Elementary Geography series.
- Research questions for 8 chapters. These require your child to look beyond the geography reader, however the answers are provided. There is a reference list at the back that you could use, or you could look for your own books to answer them.
- Chapter tests and the final exam are not in the Charlotte Mason style of “tell me what you know”. They are fact regurgitation, however you could easily rewrite them and give them a more CM flavour.
Geography With A Christian World View
This book has a Christian worldview. The topography isn’t full of evolution and the environmental issues are discussed as environmental stewardship. The section on climate change is an interview with DR. Jay Wile from The Exploring Creation series.
Fitting The Australian Curriculum For Geography
North Star Geography is written as a high school geography course to be used from year 7.(My 14 year old has just started it and I think he will cope with it well). It can be completed over one to two years (a schedule is provided for both of these scenarios).
Although this is an American curriculum it has a very global outlook and uses examples from around the world. Coober Pedy and the Southern Cross even make it into the highlighted sidebar studies.
When I tried to match up the Australian Geography curriculum and North Star Geography I couldn’t neatly fit them together, but the I have given you a brief summary here.
To see my whole recommendation for High School Geography Read More
|Australian Curriculum Topics (Stage 4 & 5)||North Star Geography Chapters (NSG)|
|Geography & Enquiry Skills (Years 7 to 10)||
|Water in the World (Year 7)||
|Places & Liveability (Year 7)||
|Landforms & Landscapes (Year 8)||
|Changing Nations (Year 8)||
|Biomes & Food Security (Year 9)||
|Geographies & Interconnections (Year 9)||
|Environmental Change & Management (Year 10)||
|Geography of Human Well Being||
Where To Buy North Star Geography
Getting The Ebook
You can buy it as an ebook from Bright Ideas Press. However it’s not economical if you want to print it. When I took my ebook to my local printer he said it would cost me $180.00 for colour printing (it’s 283 pages) – I think I could have got a cheaper quote. So I printed in black and white and bound it at home for less than $10 (I have a laser mono double-sided printer that I use all the time.)
Here is my bound version. It looks pretty good but I would prefer the colour hardback. If you want to see how I print my ebooks see here.
Buying The Book
There isn’t a big price difference between the ebook and the hard cover book so I would recommend the book.
If you want to buy North Star Geography (and CD) I suggest you buy it from Christianbook.com. This was the cheapest postage (about $20) I could find to Australia.