When used along with The Archaeology Book, A Book of Discovery, The Seven Wonders of the World, and Must See Places of the World, this resource is a wonderful way to experience and learn the geography of the world! This curriculum is in 3 parts:
1) Part 1 contains 30 short history lessons. Each lesson is one double-sided page. The lessons start with the beginnings of cartography in ancient Greece, and end with the official discovery of Antarctica in the 1800s.
2) Part 2 contains the drawing lessons. The drawing lessons are based on the themes of the history lessons. Each drawing lesson has step-by-step pictures that guide the student as they draw an area of the world from scratch (starting with nothing but a blank piece of paper).
This method of learning is absolutely ideal for kinetic learners, but we have found it extremely effective for all types of learners. The drawing lessons progress in such a way that later drawings incorporate earlier ones. For example, in one of the first lessons you learn to draw the Nile River. Later, when you draw Africa, you already know how to draw the Nile. The drawing lessons tend to stay away from political boundaries, although some could not be avoided (France and Spain, for example).
3) Part 3 contains extra activities and worksheets that go with the history lessons and/or the drawing lessons. Activities include extra worksheets for practicing what was learned in the drawing lessons, board games, crafts such as making simple navigational instruments, or art projects (about maps) using paint or colored pencils.
There are also supplemental videos suggested, all of which can be accessed for free via the Internet. The videos are mostly documentaries about the navigators who sailed around the world, or brief video visits to the places the students have drawn.
SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE: As a supplement to the printed drawing lessons, Ellen has recorded (in her basement workshop) two DVDs that contain videos of each drawing lesson. If your student has trouble following step-by-step pictures, he/she can watch the video of the lessons to get the general idea of how to do the drawing. Have the printed versions of the lessons near at hand so you can refer to them for sharper images of sketch lines and labels.
You can see the Table of Contents here.
You can also preview the history readings, drawing lessons, and activities for the first 3 chapters here.