I was never good at Geography. Do you know why? When I was in Grade 3, I was given a test to find out my preliminary knowledge about where things were located on a map, and I received 4/50.
From that moment on, I deemed myself terrible at Geography and shied away from learning all about our world. Well, fast forward blurtrubflub years (more than a few, let’s just say), and I am IN LOVE with learning all about this incredible world of ours!!!
One of the most beautiful things about homeschooling is getting to learn all about cool topics again (or for the first time) alongside your children.
We have been diving into learning all about the Seven Continents with our current Family Unit Study. And let me just say, it is AMAZING!
Did you know the continents used to be all together in a supercontinent known as Pangaea and have slowly drifted apart over millions of years? Incredible!
Did you know that while there are five oceans on Earth, they are all connected around the continents and are really one large mass of water? Who knew?!
Or that even though 90% of the world’s ice is found in Antarctica, it is the driest continent in the world and meets the criteria of being a desert? Whaaaat?!
Well, you will know all this and so much more once you dive into learning all about the Seven Continents with this Family Unit Study! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy together, with modifications for ages from 4-12 years old.
Our Seven Continents Family Unit Study, like all of our Unit Studies, takes one big topic, “The Seven Continents,” and breaks it down into 10 bite-sized subtopics.
- The Seven Continents
- North America
- South America
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You can find the full Seven Continents Unit Study right here. And below, you can find the 10 books about The Seven Continents for kids that we suggest in the unit study.
Within each unit study, we share a book suggestion for each topic. I recommend trying to get these books, or any books at all about The Seven Continents, at the library. But I am also including my Amazon Referral Links here for your convenience:
Investigating Plate Tectonics, by Greg Young. Through colourful images, helpful charts and graphs, and easy-to-read text, readers will discover such fascinating topics as magnetic pole reversal, divergent and convergent plate boundaries, the ocean-continental division, and the San Andreas Fault.
This Is How We Do It: One day in the lives from seven kids around the world, Matt Lamothe. In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them. This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences.
National Geographic Kids My First Atlas of the World, by National Kids. Simple, colorful maps, bold pictures, and accessible text present basic geography, continent by continent, to spark kids’ curiosity about the planet we inhabit. They’ll learn elementary mapping skills and concepts such as the difference between a globe and a map. They’ll learn answers to questions, like what is a compass rose? What features make up the land? Where is the ocean? And what are the countries where people (and animals) live? Reviewed by geography and early childhood consultants, this delightful atlas makes our world accessible to even the most junior explorers.
Bee-Bim Bop, by Linda Sue Park. In bouncy rhyming text, an excited and hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal.
Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country, by Atinuke. This text captures Africa’s unique mix of the modern and the traditional, as she explores its geography, its peoples, its animals, its history, its resources and its cultural diversity. The book divides Africa into five sections: South, East, West, Central and North, each with its own introduction. This is followed by a page per country, containing a delightful mix of friendly, informative text and colourful illustrations.
If you Lived Here: Houses of the world, Giles Laroche. Master of the cut and paste art technique, Giles Laroche takes readers on a storytelling journey around the world that celebrates the diversity of homes and the people who are shaped by them. Step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived. If you lived in the mountains of southern Spain, your bedroom might be carved out of a mountain. If you lived in a village in South Africa, the outside of your house might tell the story of your family. And if you lived in a floating green house in the Netherlands, you could rotate your house to watch both the sunrise and sunset.
South America, Rebecca Hirsch. An incredible variety of climates and biomes span the territory of South America. As a result, the continent contains some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. This book teaches the native animals, geography, people, and more, of South America!
Antarctica, Mel Friendman. This book describes the landscapes, extreme weather, plants, animals, and famous explorers of the continent of Antarctica.
Around the Globe: Must see places in Europe, by Baby Professor. Visit key places in Europe and learn all about cultures, tradition, and geography.
Diary of a Wombat, by Jackie French. Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek account of a busy week; eating, sleeping, digging holes . . . and training its new neighbors, a family of humans, to produce treats on demand. This entertaining book, with its brief, humorous text and hilarious illustrations, will endear the wombat to young children, who may recognize in the determined furry creature some qualities that they share.
And there you have them, my friend! Ten awesome books about this awesome world of ours that will help children and grown-ups alike learn all about the seven continents.
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Thank you so much for reading,