Geography Facts in 5GRD

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With my dyslexic student, we have hit the wall over and over and over on the numerical geography facts in our curriculum.  So this year, I tried something new that REALLY paid off for us.  First, let me confess that I don’t really know why we memorize the exact heights of certain mountains and rivers; I’m sure it’s important for something, but I have one child that it’s JUST NOT HAPPENING.

So here’s something that generated great memory work, though not exactly as prescribed.  We did the ORDER of things instead of the exact numbers.  “Name the continents you’ve learned in order of size.”  “Name the continents you’ve learned in order of population.”  “Do it in reverse order of mountains.”

We have a world map on the wall.  “Show me the continents in order of population.”  “Point to the highest point on each continent.  What are the names?”

It went GREAT.  And, she knows the relationships between the continents better than my “good” number kid.

Unless someone can persuade me that ramming her head against the numbers over and over is desperately important, I’m sticking with this method.



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela October 14, 2015

Very excited to read this, homeschooling my dyslexic son for the first time this year in 6th grade.

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2 admin October 27, 2015

God Bless! I have one of those in Sixth his year, too.

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3 hope May 20, 2015

That is totally how I worked 4th grade memorization with my epileptic child ( whose shares similarities with dyslexic in learning) and it went great.

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4 admin May 30, 2015

Excellent. Glad I’m not the only one. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is an “important” part and what is flexible.

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5 Michelle Bourque May 20, 2015

God gave YOU this child and he will supply you with what you need to accomplish all tasks and you have proved that with your new method. Always do what is best for your child, the lesson plans are a guide. Love your website. Keep up the good work!

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6 admin May 30, 2015

Thank you!

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