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Legends and Leagues – Geography in Color

Christmas, Curriculum | May 19, 2021

Geography is anything but dry and boring. If that’s been your experience, then we have a treat for you!

Legends and Leagues is a journey around the world, including history where relevant, and just to keep you on your toes, there are fantasy creatures involved. (How else are you going to travel across Europe in a couple of hours?)



The first book and workbook are for young children, ages 5-7. This is just a fun story awakening a youngster’s mind to charting a path, and how one could do that.

The next four courses are for ages 8-12. These can be done in any order since they don’t build on each other, they just cover the countries as follows. Each course includes a review of Continents and Oceans:

North: British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, Former U.S.S.R.
South: Africa, Middle East
East: Asia, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand
West: North America, South America

Each course includes a read-aloud book, which could be a stand-alone but the workbooks really enhance the stories and give a more practical look at the country being studied. It includes flags, questions about major landmarks, historical events that changed geography, recipes, crafts, and activities. There are a few questions that need answers, and those are divided into easier and harder categories so this book can be used for a range of ages simultaneously. Yes, it would make a perfect Morning Basket curriculum. A few missionary read-alouds would be the perfect pairing for this curriculum that will tell your children about other nations. The Taste of Asia devotional would be the perfect way to pray about the countries that you are studying in the Legends and Leagues East.

While I was reviewing this, I couldn’t help thinking that this was the next step for the Around the World with Picture Books I and II packages. Those are the best introduction to the world around us for young children, ages 4-8. If you have completed those, this is certainly the next step in your geography curriculum.

Quick facts:
  • First book and workbook for grades 4-7 (or you could do the Around the World with Picture books packages).
  • The next 4 levels can be done in any order
  • There are two sets of questions directed to younger and older students
  • This can be done with children of multiple ages simultaneously
  • Includes recipes and activities

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by Hester VanBraeden

Hester is a second-generation home-educating parent who is keenly aware that her own education is not complete, and comfortable that it probably never will be. She has many years of experience with children, books, and curriculum. She loves to travel to worlds and times beyond the present with her children through many books. Hester and her husband have four children and live in the lower mainland of BC.

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