You've seen satellite images of
the earth and have probably played around, zooming in on the Sahara
Desert or the Amazon River. It's pretty cool stuff.
Outside of entertainment, our
access to satellite imaging of the world provides us with opportunities
to study geography that no human generation has ever known. The
Classical Liberal Arts Academy, by its reverent preservation of
classical wisdom and prudent use of modern technology brings students an
incredible and comprehensive course in world geography.
HOW IT WORKS
Using our normal lesson layout
and assessment system, students complete systematic lessons in world
geography. However, map work is done not with cheesy books and
paper maps, but with satellite images provided by
Microsoft Virtual EarthTM.
After completing each lesson, students are encouraged to explore the
region online, zooming in, looking around, and using all of the 3D
mapping tools available to them online.
Students learn geography as it
is today, but also the history of each place and the changes that took
place through time. Therefore, the CLAA World geography course
provides not only a knowledge of contemporary geography, but also makes
geography a useful tool in understanding the past.
The complete program covers
three years beginning with the seven continents, continuing through
every region, river, mountain and major city on earth.
A view of ancient Athens
in the CLAA World Geography course.
(Microsoft Virtual Earth)
We were planning to wait until Fall 2009 to
launch this course, but we can't wait any more. World
Geography may be started today! The course will challenge any
student in the CLAA.
For more information,
World Geography course requires that a student have daily access to a
quality globe. By quality globe, we mean one that is as realistic
as possible and that includes: Latitude lines, Longitude lines,
and lines marking the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the Tropics of
Cancer and Capricorn, the Equator, the Prime Meridian and the
International Date Line. You should not buy an expensive
decorative globe that the child will not be allowed to touch! It
should be used daily and when it is worn out from use--purchase another.
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