“Most of us have gone through a good deal of drudgery in the way of ‘geography’ lessons, but how much do we remember? Just the pleasant bits we heard from travelled friends, about the Rhine, or Paris, or Venice, or bits from The Voyages of Captain Cook, or other pleasant tales of travel and adventure.” Charlotte Mason
World geography lessons can be very interesting for children. It is much more than a fact-finding expedition. It can be done in a way that will capture a child’s interest and give them a sense of adventure as they get to know the lay of the land.
Pleasant Talk of Places is a geography study of the continents based on some of Charlotte Mason’s ideas of panoramic geography.
“The panoramic method unrolls the landscape of the world, region by region, before the eyes of the scholar within every region its own conditions of climate, its productions, its people, their industries and their history. This way of teaching the most delightful of all subjects has the effect of giving to a map of a country or region the brilliancy of colour and the wealth of detail which a panorama might afford, together with a sense of proportion and a knowledge of general principles.” Charlotte Mason
This resource is not a study of all the countries of the world but rather an overview of the continents. Charlotte Mason advocated this method. She would often begin by studying a continent before she broke it down into specific countries or regions. For example she says, when studying Asia a student “begins with a survey of Asia followed by a separate treatment of the great countries and divisions and of the great physical features.”
You will find this resource is suitable for teaching one child or multiple children. The core books are aimed at children aged 6-10. Younger children will also enjoy listening to the read-alouds and may like to participate in some of the activities.
A lesson usually takes 30-45 minutes but if you’ve captured your child’s imagination by all means take longer. If desired you can split each lesson into three sections:
- Read the suggested book – these are not provided
- Study an atlas and do the geography questions
- Complete the maps and continent notebooking pages
One lesson can be completed in a week or extended if you choose to delve deeper. There are eight lessons.
Covering The Australian Curriculum
World geography study begins in Year 5 with the study of a selection of other countries/continents. The Australian National Curriculum has stipulated the order of what countries you can study but I think flexibility in homeschooling allows you to cover many more, in your own order and hopefully sooner. World geography is not really studied again with regards to continents of the world. In highschool geography is more about culture, topography and the environment.
Content and Outcomes:
- Presents the way the world is represented in geographic divisions and the location of Australia in relation to these divisions
- Presents the idea that places are parts of Earth’s surface that have been named by people, and how places can be defined at a variety of scales
- develops geographical enquiry skills about familiar and unfamiliar places
- represents data and locations of places and their features
- draws conclusions and asks geographical questions about simple geographical places and concepts
- familiarises students with world geography
Bonus: Free ecopy of Charlotte Mason Elementary Geography with purchase.
Charlotte Mason Elementary Geography is a physical geography reader. It teaches the lesson of place, points of a compass, meanings of maps, the motion of the earth and more. Its narrative style includes poetry and prose. Your children will connect with their geography lessons naturally.
There are 41 lessons and questions often follow the lessons. Charlotte Mason expected this book to be read twice.
PDF ebook: 68 pages
Recommended Age: 6-12