A Simple World Geography Plan ~ with Notebooking and Map Printables

World Geography Printables Country Notebooking Pages and Printable Maps

Near the end of last year we began a new world geography plan and completed North America, I even shared the free printables here.  Over the summer I did some revaluating and realized we needed a simpler plan this year, so I got to work.  I chose a new book, made a new set of printables and am thrilled with the new plan!

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Instead of making a different printable for each and every country, I made a blank notebooking page that can be customized for each country we study!  The new book I chose to use is the National Geographic Kids Ultimate Globetrotting Atlas.

Here’s a video walking you through my thoughts behind the plan {it was just too much to try to type out}…

There are a few different notebooking pages offered and the video explains why.  There are also several map options, thanks to this awesome website!

We started last week and this went SO much better than our previous plan.  So far I love this like I loved our country cards using the book Passport to the World which you can see here!

I chose to begin with South America and we learned about Brazil first.  The kids colored it on their printable map, drew/colored the flag, and wrote in the country facts the first day.

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My original plan had us completing this in one day and I soon realized I was overly ambitious.  We ended up doing the 3 attractions the 2nd day, and the 5 Cool Things to Do on the 3rd day.  All together we spent about 10-20 minutes per day and finished Brazil in 3 days.

I write the facts up on our large dry erase board and the kids copy the board to fill in their sheets.  I found that giving them time to copy it all and THEN discussing it worked better.

This is Ladybug’s page, she is in 1st grade.  She does a lot of drawing, it’s cute!

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My kids are in 1st, 4th, and 8th grade.  This is a shot of their pages from the first week.

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My plan is to take about 3 days per country like this, maybe 2.  I’d love to fit in 2 countries per week.  I am not looking for deep knowledge, just a basic exposure to the world.

My Simple Geography Goals

  • Find the country on a large map
  • Identify the capital city
  • Identify the continent the country is on
  • Color the flag
  • Know some key facts about the country

Download the Country Notebooking and Maps here!

Look for this graphic and click!

Geography Notebooking Pages and Printables Maps


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World Geography ~ North America Printables

Free North America Printables

In continuation of our world geography studies this year, we have a new set of printables for you that go along with the next book we are using!  We finished up the book Passport to the World and are now using Children’s Atlas of Gods World.  Since our country cards were such a great tool for my kids, I knew I needed something for them to work on as we learned. 

This new book is divided by continents so I made a notebooking page for each continent and then the countries featured in the book. I added a flag, a map, and some basic facts about each country we read about.

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Today I am sharing our North America printables with you!  You’ll find a notebooking page for North America, U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada. I also included an answer guide at the end of the PDF file. These printables are specific to this book so I would definitely recommend using these alongside of the book. If you looking for a more generic North America printable set, try these North America printables from Homeschool Creations!

Here’s a few action shots, showing my kids working with me. Right now we are working on one page for a week, studying a country or continent 2 days per week  We do this all together at the dining room table.  My kids are Kindergarten, 3rd and 7th grades. They each have their own worksheet and follow along with me as I write notes on the dry erase board.

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Below you can see the book we are using in the bottom left corner and the Children Just Like Me book that we pulled in to study the Inuit people on the day we did Canada. We are directly using Children Just Like Me a lot wit this study as we come to a country that has a child featured in this book. This was shared on Instagram here!  

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Ladybug mostly draws for her empty boxes, so I try to give her an example.  Sometimes she wants to copy words too.  The boys both copy the words or write their own.

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My Simple Geography Goals

  • Find the country on a large map
  • Identify the capital city
  • Identify the continent the country is on
  • Color the flag
  • Discuss facts presented in the book we are using currently

Be sure to grab our country cards and see what we did using the book Passport to the World as our focus.

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These are the other books we have in our collection so far to use together as we learn.

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Download the World Geography Country Printables here!

Scroll down to the North America section and look for this…

“North America Printables {Children’s Atlas of God’s World}”

See our North America Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Continent Box ~ North America on Pinterest.



World Geography Country Printables

World Geography Country Printables Free Cards



I wanted a simple world geography homeschool curriculum to use with all three of my kids in Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 7th grade. I started with purchasing Geography & Cultures while at the Teach Them Diligently Convention last spring. Two really awesome books came with this set {Passport to the World and Children’s Atlas of God’s World}, as well as a lesson guide. Soon after this purchase I bought another world atlas {National Geographic Kids Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas}, and also dug out my Children Just Like Me book.  We also still use and love our Little Passports resources.

If you know me, you know I had to create some country printables of my own and that’s what I am sharing with you today!  I went through the books, and our Little Passports packets, and made a list of the countries included {49 countries total – which isn’t all, but most}.

Each card includes the name of the country, a place to fill in the capital, and a place to write in the continent.  There’s also a flag to color as well as a graphic of the country in blackline form.

Here’s a peek…

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I started out in alphabetical order but then realized I forgot a few countries in my initial list and it was hard to shift at that point, so you’ll find a few out of order at the end — sorry about that!

I printed one set for each of my kids, on cardstock. I punch a hole in the corner and when they are done we add the card to a metal ring.

We do two countries per week, going over just simple basics as we read the book we are using.  We started with Passport to the World and just completed this book last week! This is what our learning usually looks like during this time.  We all sit together as I read to them.  We also get our big map down and find the country.

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They each have 26 countries on their ring now!  We use these to review easily also!

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My Simple Geography Goals

  • Find the country on a large map
  • Identify the capital city
  • Identify the continent the country is on
  • Color the flag
  • Discuss facts presented in the book we are using currently

The first book we used, Passport to the World is an alphabetical book with a language of the country as the focus {also being the alphabetical part}.  My kids were thoroughly confused when The United States of America showed up for letter C.  Took a lot of explaining that this was for the Cherokee language ~ that’s what the C was for!  They are used to it now, but at first it was confusing! Below you can see a few other photos from our time with this book.

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Seriously it is such a simple way to do world geography all together.  I hope to get even more in depth with some of the other books as we move forward this year and probably next year too with a similar plan.

You can easily use these country printables with any book or geography program, just choose the countries you want to use.  I may even add more so if there’s a country you’d like to suggest I add, please leave a comment.  no promises, but I’d love to get a list together of countries to add.

These are the books we have in our collection so far to use together as we learn.

Passport to the World   Children's Atlas of God's World

World Atlas   Children Just Like Me

Download the World Geography Country Printables here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!

World Geography Country Printable Cards



Continent Box Challenge {with Printables}

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We have created and used 2 continent boxes {Europe and North America} in one year, and I still hope to create the remaining 5 and use them along with these in our homeschooling years to come! My kids have been very into the box on the first few days, but then the newness wore off.  If I engaged them, they would explore with me, but I wanted a way to encourage them to explore on their own {and learn something}.

Enter….the Continent Box Challenge!

I made a chart reflecting our North America Continent Boxes, coming up with tasks that the children could complete. Here is a copy of the sheet my kids used…

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I set individual goals with each child to earn prizes as they marked off tasks. North America Continent Box -3880First we brainstormed prizes that did not involve money {or shopping}. They came up with ~

  • Peanut Butter Pass ~ the option to choose a PB sandwich for dinner on a night when they hated what was offered {the little 2 in our family are VERY picky and we don’t make alternate meals so they often go hungry at dinner time}
  • Juice Ticket ~ our kids drink water all day long except for the occasional cup of 100% juice with dinner or milk.  They never have soda or other sweetened drinks. The Juice Pass is a ticket to have freedom to drink 100% juice whenever desired for one day.
  • Chore Pass ~ Mom and Dad complete ALL of your daily chores for one day.
  • Stay Up Late ~ this one is obvious, right?
  • Candy Baggie ~ freedom to nibble from a pre-created candy baggie {by me} throughout the day. Candy intake around here is VERY low, and most of our candy is dye-free and organic if possible, but either way this is a BIG deal to them!

Each child chose prizes they wanted and ranked them.  Then we set the goals. Pac had to complete his entire chart {21} to get a chore pass, 19 to get a candy baggie, and 17 to get a juice pass.  Krash was 15, 13, 10 for his leveled prizes.  Ladybug was 12, 10, 8.  I marked out on their sheets what I thought was above their level with a few optionals.  You can see K’s below with an X on “name 50 states” and a ? on “name at least 25 states” showing how we modified the activities to their levels.

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Yes they can earn all 3 prizes, when they reach each goal. I wanted to make it fun to keep going!

This really got them going and we are still using the challenge now! Here are some action shots of the kids…

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Working on puzzles…

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We will definitely be using the Continent Box Challenge in the future and I thought it might work for some of you too!  BUT, I knew your boxes would be different and you would need to be able to create your own tasks based on your boxes!  So, I asked my friend Jolanthe {who has the correct software} if she would make an editable PDF form for my readers to create your own challenges! She said yes!!!

The colors correspond with the colors used with Montessori geography, but you can just print in gray scale if you don’t need the colors!  Each box is editable and you can save the PDF file to use again too!

Click on graphic to download your printables!

Continent Box Challenge Editable Printables

 

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