Saturday, February 26, 2011

Geography Songs

Ever notice how you can remember the lyrics to dozens of songs but you can't remember where you left your car keys?  It's because our brains retain information much more easily if it is set to music. 

Geography Songs is a CD/workbook combo that we love in this house.  There is a song and a map for each continent, or portion of continent, plus pages that highlight landmarks in each area. Each song lists the names of the countries in a lyrical fashion and each is set to culturally appropriate music, and the words are printed so you get a visual as well.   Yes-the songs are sometimes a little hokey....but once you get the tune in your head, there is no way to forget it!  I have caught my kids singing the Provinces of Canada while playing, and that was studied last year.  I love it because we can pop the CD into the van CD player and work on learning the songs while we are on the go.

We have expanded on this to include art from the various regions we learn about and include the art and maps in a three ring binder. 

I have to say this is one of my kids favorite subjects in school anyway, but to learn it in a relaxed, fun way makes it even more appealing. 

But I will warn you-these songs *will* get stuck in your head and once they are in there...they are THERE!

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