World Geography

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for answers? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions for World Geography. If you don’t see your question below – or if you would like customized help – give us a call at (605) 428-4068. We’re always happy to help!

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The World Geography guide includes the following 6 ½ high school credits:

  • World Geography (1 full-year credit)
  • World Religion & Cultures (½ credit)
  • Bible: Scripture-Based Spiritual Growth (1 full-year credit)
  • Logic (½ credit)
  • Foreign Language: Spanish I (½ credit)
  • English I (composed of ½ credit of Literature and ½ credit of Composition/Grammar = 1 full-year credit)
  • Science: Integrated Physics and Chemistry with Lab (1 full-year credit)
  • Suggested Math: Algebra I (1 full-year credit)

Total Credits Earned: 6 ½ Credits

Each guide in the “Hearts for Him Through High School” series includes everything you need to earn all required credits for a full year of high school study. With Heart of Dakota, your child will be well-prepared for college and beyond. 

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World Geography takes a tour through time – from Ancient Mesopotamia through mapping Antarctica – as it chronologically covers the history of exploration and mapmaking.

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While World Geography sets the stage for further high school study, it is not necessary for older high school students to begin with this guide.  Instead, it is more important to place your child in the high school guide that best fits his/her skill level and allows your child to earn needed high school credits.

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World Geography features 35 units with complete daily plans.  Each unit last 4 days, which gives your child the 5th day of each week to pursue outside interests.  The 4-day plan can be stretched over 5 days if needed. 

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World Geography has engaging daily lessons that take approximately 6 ½ hours for the student to complete.  More time will be needed if your child lingers on activities or you choose to draw out discussions.

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We recommend reading through the “Overview” of World Geography at the beginning of the school year.  Then, take some time to look over the “Course Descriptions, Required Resources, Course Materials, and Grading” provided for each subject.  This will help you know which materials you should have and what you need to do to prepare for the school year.  The time spent planning daily is almost none.  We want your child to be able to wake up in the morning, open his/her guide, and get started right away.

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Each box of the daily plans is coded with a letter that designates whether that subject is to be “T = Teacher Directed,” “S = Semi-Independent,” or “I = Independent.”  Dividing the plans in this manner helps you know your expected level of involvement and guides your child toward more independent work.

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At the high school level, the daily plans are written directly to the student.  This means we are intending for the high school student to have ownership of the World Geography guide and read directly from the guide’s plans to complete all needed subjects.

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The Expedition Journal pages for World Geography are an integral part of the geography study.  Journal assignments include maps, bulleted notes, research, outlines, sketches, primary source documents, written narrations, and Socratic discussion questions.

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The World Religion & Culture’s Notebook includes graphic organizers to complete about each major world religion studied and questions pertaining to each book in the “World Religion & Culture’s” study.

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To understand the flow of history, students keep a timeline within the Book of Centuries of the major events and people studied throughout the year.  The timeline consists of both a portrait gallery of drawings by Amy Pak as well as lined timeline entries keyed to readings within the World Geography guide.  In Charlotte Mason-style fashion, students continue to add to their Book of Centuries throughout their high school years, making the Book of Centuries a one-time purchase.

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The consumable items for all subjects in the World Geography guide include the Expedition Journal, Book of Centuries, World Religion & Culture’s Notebook, Rooted and Grounded: Student Workbook, Art of Argument: Student Book, Essentials in Writing: Student Text, Integrated Physics & Chemistry: Activity Books, MicroPhySci: Lab Manual, and possibly a math text (depending on which option you choose to pursue for math).  If you choose not to pursue some of the credits within the World Geography guide, you may not need some of these consumables.