Beautiful literature books are my love language! I am a living book enthusiast – and using beautiful books about the world to teach history, geography, and character is a no brainer! Thanks to the passion and dedication of Rea Berg, a homeschooling mama with a Masters in Children’s Literature and a desire to teach her own kiddos using living books, Beautiful Feet Books was created. Their mission was to create a curriculum around classic books from amazing authors and the result is spectacular.
From History to Geography and Character to Classic Music, Beautiful Feet Books brings the best of a Charlotte Mason style lesson and top quality literature selections together to create an easy to teach, comprehensive curriculum in a variety of subjects. For this review, we received the Geography through Literature Pack– and we couldn’t have been happier! From the amazing books to the beautiful maps to the easy to follow instruction guide, the entire curriculum exceeded our expectations.
So How Does It Work?
The Geography Through Literature Pack includes: The Instruction Guide, Geography Map Set, and four beautiful books by Holling Clancy Holling. The guide is set up so that you can complete one lesson per week to complete the curriculum in one year or 2-3 lessons per week to complete it in one semester. For us, one lesson a week is perfect. I want to be able to take time enjoying the rich literature and completing the beautiful 18″ x 24″ art quality maps. Along the lines of the Charlotte Mason approach to teaching, narration is encouraged to aid little learners to more fully understand the information presented. Reading aloud and then allowing your student to retell the information in their own words is a great way to help them truly grasp more complex content.
In addition, it is recommended that the notebooking approach be used so the student has a record of what they are learning. I could even see using the information to create lapbooks to further delve into the topics discussed. The books themselves are comprehensive enough to allow for multiple options in teaching. They stand alone as a solid geography curriculum or you could include some study on historical figures and events to encompass a history component. You could also further investigate the scientific aspects of the books to include a science component, and the notebooking, narration, and vocabulary options allow for comprehensive Language Arts learning as well. With all these options, this curriculum is an amazing addition to any homeschooler’s toolbox.
Our journey into geography with this curriculum has been such a delight! From day one, the books have been by far our favorite part of our experience. The rich stories and beautiful, full color illustrations are so enticing and the biggest struggle we have encountered so far, was not wanting to stop reading! I planned to stick to the one lesson a week schedule, but it has been SO tempting to read ahead and not stop to answer the questions or work on the maps. That’s not to say the map work hasn’t also been fun- these maps are so well drawn and my kiddos have so very much enjoyed adding to them and coloring them as we go. One tip- invest in some good colored pencils, the maps are such high quality that we will be posting them on our walls when we complete the lessons. All in all- we’ve really enjoyed our time with this geography curriculum and I know these books will be treasured for a long time coming.
In addition to the geography curriculum, there are so many other great offering from Beautiful Feet Books. We are very excited to add the following to our curriculum list for next year:
Around the World with Picture Books is top of the list for my youngest learner. This introduction to world cultures and geography is accompanied by the most amazing selection of picture books! It is designed as a read-aloud approach to discovering the treasures of the world and geared toward K-3rd grade learners.
Teaching Character Primary is another great option for K-3rd grade learners. Using beautiful read aloud books, discussion questions and scriptural references, this curriculum offers an alternative way to help your little learners grasp important lessons in morality. It truly takes character development to a new level.
And you can see below a chart of all the curriculum offerings from Beautiful Feet Books and the grades/ages they are suggested for:
What Did We Love?
- We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the books! They are the heart of these curriculum packs and they are amazing!
- We love the easy to follow instruction guides.
- We love the beautiful maps and how they contribute seamlessly to the curriculum.
- We love that geography can be so much more than memorizing states on a map!
- We love the discussion questions in each lesson that allowed for additional learning and really put our brains to work.
- We love the multiple curriculum options that Beautiful Feet Books offers.
What Did We Not Love?
The only thing that I could say we didn’t love about this curriculum was that the maps came rolled up in a tube (to protect them in transit) and they were a bit of a struggle to get to lay flat at first. We had to put some books on for a few days to get them to lay flat enough to work with, but once they flattened out, they were great!
Important Links from the Website:
- The FAQ page has some great questions that will help you better understand the curriculum.
- There are a great selection of Sample Pages for you to try out.
- There is an Articles page that has an amazing list of great information for homeschoolers.
The Geography through Literature curriculum pack is offered at $67.95. This includes a 17% discount and you receive FREE shipping! Truly a great deal! The Teaching Character Primary set sells for $109.95 which is a 9% discount and also offers FREE shipping. Around the World with Picture Books Pack set sells for $184.95 which is a 10% discount and again offers FREE shipping.
I am so happy that we were able to work with Beautiful Feet Books for this review. Although I had heard of them around the homeschool circles, I had never taken the plunge and tried any of their curriculum. It is now one of my favorites and I am excited to incorporate even more of their beautiful books into our homeschool in the coming years!
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** We received a full curriculum set from Beautiful Feet Books to assist us in this review.**