Monday, February 24, 2014

Homeschool Geography with Asia: Its People and History!

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There are many different homeschool geography courses available out there, but not many focus on the plight of persecuted Christians in different regions. Asia: Its People and History introduces the history and culture of six countries, as well as showing children what its like to live where being a Christian brings danger.

In Asia: Its People and History, Bonnie Rose Hudson uses stories and activities to teach children about Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran and Vietnam. The course is designed to be a 16 week study, but it can easily be condensed into a 4 week study instead. Bonnie Rose's suggested course of study has you read one story or informational segment per week. If you want to use it as a 16 week course, you can use it as written, or you can supplement it with additional resources from the library. If you want to condense the study into four weeks, you can read four sections per week and do the printable activities - whichever suits your children's interests and your lesson plans best.

We started at the beginning of the course, learning about Laos. I'll have to admit that my 10 and 13 year old sons were reluctant students. There were groans of "I hate geography!"  and "You're going to read us a story?" But once I started reading, they grew quiet. At one point, my ten year old asked me to repeat what I'd read in an exciting part of the story. (They were listening and caring!) We talked about the discussion questions and they were surprised I let them go after that. I think they were surprised it was short and painless, to be honest.

The lessons alternate between engaging first-person stories that illustrate the culture of the country and fact-filled lessons that teach about the history and geography of the country. The lessons are short, easily managed by even active and distractible children. The printable activities (one per country) include crossword puzzles, map activites, word searches, mosaic map puzzles, and word scrambles.

I was nervous about starting this with my boys, but they enjoyed it, despite their protests. More importantly, they are learning and remembering things we discussed. I enjoyed the Christian focus of this curriculum, as well as its adaptability.  Although it is geared for middle school students, I think my younger elementary students could easily be included in these lessons!

Asia: Its People and History e-book is available NOW for $6.95, and the paperback version is coming soon!!  Free bonus content and printable activities pack can be found at the Write Bonnie Rose website
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GIVEAWAY ALERT!!  I have TWO copies of the PDF version of Asia: Its People and History to give away.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the rafflecopter entry form.

homeschool geographyAuthor's Book Description: Welcome to Asia: Its People and History! Is the land of Asia a mystery to your kids? Do they know who lives there? Do they know how to pray for them? Asia is home to more than fifty countries and territories and roughly three-fifths of the world’s population. Could you use some help introducing your family to this vast land?

This sixteen-week course presents a brief picture of six nations. It is by no means all encompassing. Its purpose is to introduce your students to the people of Asia, share their stories, and spark curiosity. I pray that the course does much more than that, however. I pray that through meeting just a few of our brothers and sisters who live in cities and villages with names that are hard to pronounce that your children feel more connected with those who are suffering for their faith in Christ.

Through stories and activities, we’ll meet the people of Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. We’ll get to know the children of these lands and hear about their experiences. Most of all, we’ll pray for them and their families. Won’t you join us?

Author Bio: Bonnie Rose Hudson lives in central Pennsylvania. Along with spending time with her family and writing, making kids smile is her favorite thing to do. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She loves creating curriculum as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s Star Contributors Team. She works with both and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as an editorial assistant. At The Old Schoolhouse, she found a place where her love of God and history combine with her love of writing to bring encouraging, educational, and entertaining material to students and their families.

She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jake, look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window , or stop by her author’s blog  for fun printables and discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

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Good Luck!
April E.


  1. China is my favorite Asian country because 3 of my children were born there. I would also like to learn more about Japan and Korea and India.

  2. We'd love to learn more about Japan - we have some relatives who are from there, and it would be awesome to learn as much about it as we can!

  3. We have enjoyed studying China this year. We have friends leaving next year to be missionaries in Bangladesh. Would love to have this study.

  4. I commented above under my google info, but I don't actually ever use that e-mail. The e-mail address I use is signing_charity at yahoo dot com.


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