At Athena’s our aim is for our students to become independent, confident adults who feel able to take on all that life throws at them. Our year-long World Geography course, designed for middle school/junior high level, plays a fundamental part in making this happen.
At the beginning, we set the seemingly overwhelming task of being able to draw a detailed map of the world by memory, and over the course of the year we work towards this.
Initially we focus on map discovery, including thematic mapping, water bodies and continents. Then over the remainder of the fall and the spring semesters, we study the countries of the world. Our students will get the opportunity to share facts and stories about the countries that excite them through their own presentations to generate discussion and engagement.
By the end of the year our students will be able to draw detailed world maps including borders, mountain ranges, rivers and major cities of more than 190 countries if they wish. We have found that there is a significant sense of achievement gained from completing a task, which may have initially seemed impossible. This invaluable learning increases self-confidence and creates a can-do attitude that will serve our students well in college and beyond.