Sweet Critique: Reader’s Digest Geography Book

It’s one of my life’s missions as a homeschooling mom to ensure that Babydoll is not a typical “stupid” American, completely oblivious to the world around her.  I’ve definitely brushed up on my skills since I’ve been teaching her.

I Used to Know That:  Geography is a lifesaver in this department!  This books gives you pretty much everything you’d ever want to know about the world around you, geographically speaking.

The book is divided by continent, water, and Earth.  I like that it not only explains information about different countries but also specifics about Earth itself such as climate zones, Earth from the inside out, and tectonic plates.

One of my favorite aspects of the book is what is know as a Geo Gem.  These are little facts sprinkled throughout the book.  For instance, I learned:

The Tonle Sap River in Cambodia reverses direction every year.

How Homeschoolers Could Use It


I think you could use this book in a couple of ways, either as a curriculum on its own or as a reference.  Let me say, though, I’m not into reinventing the wheel.  I have so much respect for those of you who put together your own lesson plans and curriculum, but it’s just not my flavor of icing.

There is so much information in this book that I would think you could take it, a map, and some ingenuity and put together a pretty complete geography curriculum.  It’s also got so much information in it that you could easily reference it for extra material when doing a geography study.

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True Confessions:  I was provided with a copy of this book to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.