“Where in the world am I? This is an important question, whether visiting a new place on vacation, studying an event in history, or watching the evening news. Veritas Press’ Legends and Leagues curriculum gives children a thorough overview of geography, equipping them with knowledge about each part of our world.
A sound grasp of geography is crucial for the academic success of a student and will pay dividends in their adult years. Many aspects of this wide and varied discipline lend themselves to memorization, so we’ve positioned our curriculum where it fits best, in the grammar years, when memorization is fun and easy for students.
You might think of some of the obvious benefits of geography, like reading a map or following a GPS. But there are advantages beyond locating yourself on the globe, and it’s not limited to knowing which cities your favorite sports teams are from. Knowing where events took place in history helps fix them in our minds and gives insights beyond a simple locale. Other ways we explore our world is through literature, and a full grasp of geography enriches our reading comprehension. And on another level, geography aids in our understanding of other cultures, languages, religions, politics, and world affairs.” -Veritas Press
Students Mr. Longitude and Mr. Latitude, cheery fellows who introduce foundational concepts in geography. These fun characters guide the student in the Legends and Leagues material. The storybook is an engrossing way for the student to learn about maps, the points of a compass, the continents and oceans, and more. The workbook reviews and expands their learning.
Class Objectives include:
Comprehensive understanding of the geographic areas studied through:
comprehension worksheets, maps, vocabulary, and study questions of each region. Optional activity worksheets, such as Local Flavor, Legends, Sightseeing, and Souvenirs will be undertaken weekly.
Texts (Included in Supply Fee)
- South and East Workbooks (one semester each)
- South and East Story books
- -Students should be prepared to ask questions in class, follow along with discussion, copy from the board and make notes in workbooks.
- -Students will reference their in-class handouts to complete homework other own so some organizational sills are necessary.
(If students have difficulty copying from the board, accommodations may be made for them to photograph the board for later reference.)
Students will need:
- A 1” 3 ring binder, notebook paper, pencils
- Access to Schoology- tests, and assignments will be posted there
- An Atlas and world map or globe (at home)
Class homework requirements:
-Completion of class handouts / homework packet
Students can expect to spend about 30-45 minutes a day on homework (~3 days a week). Students will have all the necessary resources to complete homework on their own after class.
Class Fees: $360
Supply fee: $85 ( includes all books/texts)
Tutor: Candace Fortino
This class may be taken 2 consecutive years to complete all four cardinal points (Year A: South and East; Year B: North and West). This course pairs nicely with Dirt, Bugs and Rocks: Earth Science!
COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.