I have always been fascinated with other cultures and countries, but teaching geography isn’t the most exciting thing on my list. Travel? That’s another story. I can’t make a Bucket List for travel because I want to go EVERYWHERE. For now though, we need to be content with studying other countries without leaving home.
In years past we have always tied our geography in with our history because that’s the easiest way to learn it. A child with no concept of a country or land formations won’t grasp those without something to help put them in context. Teaching history along with geography just makes sense.
While reading about the Republic of Brazil and the War of the Triple Alliance, we also studied South America and learned where all the countries are.
Troop movements and takeovers changed the country borders and taught us how they used the rivers to define boundaries and ultimately win the war.
Language groups tend to congregate in regions too, and these are also easily illustrated using a map to help students see what they are learning.
5 Reasons Geography Should be Tied to History
1. Students can better understand the purpose for learning it
2. Students can better visualize the history when seen from the perspective of a map.
3. Often culture ties with geography, as a fishing village will be located at the mouth of a large river or on a coast line.
4. Geography is frequently used by military, to their advantage.
5. When a student can HEAR about it (reading), SEE it (maps and DVDs), DRAW it (mountain ranges, labeling locations and troop movements) they can ASSEMBLE it into a realistic, sensible picture in their minds. The building blocks become a whole base of knowledge.
So why wouldn’t you tie the study of geography to your study of history?
We are enjoying our history studies this year with BiblioPlan. They have done a great job of tying all aspects of history together, from the Bible, to historical narratives, maps and geographical studies, projects, and a literature list that correlates. They just make things so much simpler.
Disclosure: BiblioPlan has sponsored our curriculum for this school year. I received a Year Four curriculum package in exchange for promoting their company and products. I am not an affiliate and do not earn anything if you click over to BiblioPlan’s website and buy something. They are a very small non-profit, family owned publisher.