Geography Songs: A family favorite, CC Cycle 2 and adoption

8 Aug

I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to *SHARE* one of our family’s favorite cds, Geography Songs (You Never Forget What You Sing). We were first introduced to the cd by my friend, Amy, a mother to 5 boys, 3 biological and 2 from Ethiopia. She said that her family used it over and over while they were waiting to bring home their first son from Ethiopia. She explained that the songs on the CD have all of the countries of the world set to catchy little tunes. I love geography, maps, and all things “world”ish, so we bought it ASAP.

When our oldest son was still a baby, a friend wisely told me to find as many resources that I could with information set to music. She said, “He’ll never forget what he sings.” That’s actually the tagline to this wonderful Geography Songs cd–You Never Forget What You Sing. And, isn’t that true?!?!? I can still remember the silliest things that I learned as a child. Isn’t it a beautiful idea to have children learn important information set to music?!?! (That’s one of the million reasons we love our homeschool tutorial, Classical Conversations, since it’s based on this same philosophy.) So, if you are looking for a fun way to introduce your child to the world, I can not recommend this enough!

My favorite things about the cd:

  • Brilliant combination of information and music–Each song is based on a section of the world, for example, Northern Africa. The song goes through each country within that region of the world. Each country of the region is listed and sung to a creative musical score. The music for each song is based on music from that region of the world; I love the intentionality behind that! (“South Asia” is my favorite example of this having spent time in that region of the world and familiar with its music.)
  • Learning happens effortlessly–The CD contains a “Continents and Oceans Song.” Our middle son was 3 when we got this cd, and he knew all continents and oceans after about 48 hours. He sauntered around the house shouting the names of the continents and the oceans. I LOVED IT! Now, clearly, he had no idea what he was saying and what that meant. However, when he learned the continents in Classical Conversations last year, he immediately started singing the song. My heart was full. You, too, may find your child walking around your house singing “Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Island of Cyprus, Jordan…” So, if you don’t want your child exposed to all the countries of the world in a fun musical way, I would not buy this cd. However, if you do, this is a must purchase.

I would recommend all parents buy this cd for their kiddos. I  would  really recommend this cd to anyone…

  • adopting internationally–This would be a fun way to introduce your children to the geography related to where their brother or sister lives. What a fun way to include the whole family in learning, preparing for the new addition! 🙂
  • participating in Classical Conversations–Although the songs don’t perfectly “match up” with the Geography grammar for the particular cycles, all of the countries in the Geography grammar are included in songs on the cd. (After all, it’s all the same planet, right?!?!) Particularly of interest for Cycle 2 is the “Continents and Oceans” song on the CD, which is part of the Geography grammar for Cycle 2. You better believe I’ll be singing along with it as my Abecedarians and I learn those locations.
  • interested in opening the world to a child–This cd is a remarkable avenue for introducing children to the beautiful world in which we live. As they learn the countries and regions of the world through song, this is a natural segue way to showing them the locations on a globe or map.  (We have, and I’m in love with the Hugg-A-Planet Globe, which we bought to use with the cd. And, I might also have this World Map Shower Curtain. I told you I’m a wee bit into geography and maps.)

You can buy the songs in two different versions. There is a CD and book combo or an MP3 album download. Either way you chose, go for it! Drop back by and let me know how you’re enjoying it!! It’s okay to confess if you bought the Hugg-A-Planet Globe and World Map Shower Curtain, too. Really, it is; I won’t think you’re weird. 🙂

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11 Responses to “Geography Songs: A family favorite, CC Cycle 2 and adoption”

  1. i have no greater joy August 9, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Reblogged this on i have no greater joy.

  2. Melody Stroud August 9, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Eeek! I have ALL of those, Suzanne! Count me with the crazies, too, but I heart Geography! I think we would have been the nerdy bffs in high school together. 🙂

    • Suzanne Shares August 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      for sure, girl!!! we totally would have been nerdy bffs together in high school, tight-rolled jeans and all!

  3. Vicki Krebs August 9, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I do not know if you know how old this resource is, Suzanne; but my Kelly used this! (She is 30) Kelly was the only one of my 6 that really learned all of Africa. I had a stuffed world cloth ball for Josh when he was 2, great world and state puzzles, games that I probably still have, like Take-Off, based on air traffic with little planes, and I bought the world shower curtain a couple of years ago, just as a reminder to think and pray for missions!! I did not learn geography well, but all of my kids know their geography and it was easy. Do you also have grammar songs? If your boys are learning parts of speech you should get it.

    • Suzanne Shares August 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Wow! I didn’t realize this was “vintage” Vicki! I’m glad to know that you used it, too, and that it helped your kiddos. That makes me even more motivated to continue using it with our boys! 🙂 I don’t have the grammar ones, but I probably need to!!!

  4. homeschoolstory.com August 13, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    We love Geography Songs!! Really I love anything I can set to music!

    • homeschoolstory.com August 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Suzanne, do you have a contact email? I couldn’t find a way to contact you directly on your blog (maybe I missed it). I would love to list your blog on my blog for other Classical Homeschoolers. Thank you!!

      • Suzanne Shares August 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

        sure! that would be great! I’m kind of incognito. 🙂 I don’t have my contact info out there…i know, i’m crazy! i probably should do that. I’ve only been writing for about a year, so this past year my goal was to keep it simple (so that I still had time to homeschool! ha!) Thanks for thinking of me with your blog. You can reach me at–
        suzanneshares AT gmail DOT com

    • Suzanne Shares August 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      I concur!!! anything I can set to music, my boys LOVE!!! please tell me you know about these amazing Scripture ones–Seeds Family Worship—http://suzanneshares.com/2012/11/21/seeds-family-worship-free-download-25-off-coupon-code/

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