Living Books Geography
Well it isn’t hard to imagine that Charlotte Mason wanted us to use books for geography. Ideas are food for the mind and Charlotte wanted children to have their imagination captured as they heard about the world through books and talk and exposure to nature. She called this pictorial geography through the pleasant talk of places.
One way to give your children pleasant talk of places is through living books.
Living Books Geography with Picture Books
Picture books will give you a great opportunity for pleasant talk of places. When we selected a book we would then make a map markers and place it on a map. This was a great way to cover our world geography.
You may also enjoy Pleasant Talk of Places
Living Books Geography – My Failures
A few years ago it was recommended I read aloud a 450 page book called A Traveller in Rome whilst I was studying the New Testament and Acts with my children. This book was supposed to be a living book. At page 100 we stopped. I was bored (and falling asleep or slurring as I read). The kids felt tortured and we all agreed we couldn’t go on. (I hope it had nothing to do with my reading style!). We certainly were pottering in Rome but we were very lost. We really couldn’t follow the story, the place names, or the streets.
Another book that we used for geography was Around the World in Eighty Days. This book was for independent reading and it was my intention that the child would map out the travels on a map as they read. Again this was a big failure. Why? because my children got lost in the names and places. I tried this book with three out of my four children and they all disliked the book, even though they were good readers. Two of them never finished it.
The reason I’m telling you this is that living books geography needs a good book and a map. In hindsight we should have used a map of Rome and a decent world map so that we understood where we were with each chapter.
Choose wisely! If you plan on reading about geography in a book make sure you want to stay their for a while and go slowly to get the most benefit.
Living Books Geography and History
We usually find that combining historical fiction with living book geography to be the best combination. You get the geography facts clothed in the story.
” The geographical aspects of history …is valued by young people as affording a knowledge of the past that that bears upon and illuminates the present.” Charlotte Mason
Here is a list of geography living books:
- Africa Living Book list
- America (including USA, Mexico and South America)
- Arctic and Canada
- Europe Living Book List
- World Geography Picture Books
- Australian Picture Books
- Australian History and Stories Book list
Discover Downunder an Australian Geography Book.
Hopscotch 5 Days Sharing On Homeschool Topics
This is part of my five day series Around the World in 5 Days – homeschool geography. Check out the schedule and follow along.
- Monday – Maps and Map Markers
- Tuesday – Good Story telling Geography DVDs
- Wednesday – Living Books Geography – failures and recommendations
- Thursday – Panoramic Geography Method – Pulling together your geography curriculum Charlotte mason style
- Friday – Geography Resources you might like.
Visit the ihomeschool Hopscotch page for a list of more interesting topics by homeschool blogging mums,