Geography I , published by Memoria Press, is a geography program that covers Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This program is part of Memoria Press’s fourth grade curriculum, but Geography I is suitable for 4th-8th grade levels.
The Student Text includes one informational page for each country that tells about the history of the country and a “Fast Facts” chart with modern day facts (population, climate, language, etc.) Since Geography I covers the area of the Roman Empire, there is an emphasis on ancient history, but more modern history is also included, such as the Great Famine in Ireland, Martin Luther, and the Berlin Wall. The facing page features a map of the country.
The Student Workbook includes a page for each country that requires the student to name the country, capital, ancient name and fun facts, and a map to label. Periodic review pages are also included with maps to label and capitals and countries to name.
The Teacher Guide includes answers for the workbook and additional quizzes and tests.
The Fourth Grade Geography I set also comes with review books for US states and capitals. These are similar in format, but don’t have informational pages—just maps and practice of state capitals. They are intended for review, but could be used to teach as well. A student using Memoria Press curricula each year would have studied US Geography in third grade and would use these books for review the following year.
I was concerned at first that Emily might think the workbooks dull, but she has loved using them! It is one of the first assignments she completes each day and she is rapidly learning the European countries and capitals. (We skipped ahead to the Europe part of the books because it corresponds better with our current history study of the Renaissance.) She is often eager to tell me about one of the historical tidbits she has read each day.
I like that the countries are taught in small groups and are reviewed frequently through the use of quizzes and tests. I think that Emily will have a solid knowledge of European, Middle Eastern, and North African geography when she finishes this course…and will know a few additional historical facts as well.
The full Fourth Grade Geography Set (text, workbook, teacher’s guide, US geography review book, and US Review Key, Quizzes, and Tests) sells for $48.