Conference season is in full swing and my daughter occasionally travels with me and helps work the booth. While I was packing my daughter was inclined to share some thoughts with me.
“Mom, I am so glad I won’t be working a booth with you this year.”
“Why? I thought you enjoyed traveling with me.”
Which then lead to conversation about we should not always share just the good things and sometimes sharing the bad can be just as helpful. Honesty mixed with your perspective is always important when sharing your thoughts about curriculum. I reminded her not every homeschool is created to use the same books. Welcome to conferences filled with rows and rows of vendors!
But I did not leave the conversation there. I followed up with what about North Star did you dislike.
“We had to complete every single project, I hated some of the projects.”
“It sounds like you were overwhelmed with the amount of work and did not like having the opportunity to choose your projects.”
She thought for a moment.
“Hmm…I did like how the lessons talked about culture and discussed how geography was more than maps. I guess all the work killed my liking it.”
“Daughter, that is what you should tell homeschool moms…it’s a great book on geography and if you do every single project your kids will hate it.”
Oh I am so guilty of wanting to complete all the great projects!
Then I went back and counted…North Star Geography has 62 different activities. That does not include the work she did with atlas building, notebook pages, and memorizations lists.
Since we were part of the test group we were required to complete each activity so we could provide the necessary feedback.
I have found memories of the class, but I only did 5 of the projects. My favorite was the Lego city my family built.
The great thing about homeschooling multiple children..I get to teach North Star again this year to my younger kids. First on my list is limiting the activities.
Helpful Hints for Teaching North Star Geography:
- I just feel like I should say this again….do not do all the activities listed in North Star.
- Bonus: Tyler Hogan is in the process of making audio for the lessons and providing the tests on-line for grading. You can read more about the on-line version at Bright Ideas Press.
- A Facebook group for North Star Geography has been created to help share ideas.
- Follow my Pinterest board on Geography as I gather ideas for next year.
- Add some books on geography to your lessons.
I am also in the process of creating a book list to go along with North Star for next year. I am sure a follow-up post will be coming soon.