Summer in the Frugality Is Free family means lot of fun, adventure, morning trips to the beach, lazy afternoons by the pool and more, but it also means freedom to learn and explore topics in depth that there were no time to study for during the busy school year. It also means catching up on subjects that the school went over too quickly, because the focus was on teaching for the tests on which their funding depends.
One topic that is severely neglected in the public school classroom is geography, which is why we are dedicating part of our summer vacation to studying the world around us. This year we have a new tool in our home library. The fourth edition of the National Geographic Kids World Atlas from 2013 has all the latest updates to the maps, and it is a beautiful hardcover atlas for kids that will bring lots of hours of study for those with curious minds.
Our three sons have an ingrained curiosity, which we try to foster and encourage in every way possible, and this means providing them with a steady supply of books. It is not easy to do so on a frugal budget, but it is possible. For ever birthday and Christmas our kids get their very own book box. Each book box is filled with books tailored to their interests. We shop thrift stores, library book sales, online used book stores and such for books to fill the book boxes, but we also make sure that each child get at least one special new book for their birthday or Christmas. Quite often the kids’ wish lists include books from National Geographic, and this year our oldest son had the National Geographic World Atlas for Kids at the top of his list.
The kids world atlas from National Geographic contains much more than just maps of the world, and it starts out with an in-depth explanation of how to read a map. The explanation includes everything from the using the scales of a map to latitude and longitude. The various symbols of the maps are also explained, and there is an explanation of the various kinds of maps as well. As a mom, I love this part of the atlas, because not only does this “understanding maps” section help the kids understand the National Geographic World Atlas for Kids, but it also helps them get a basis for studying any kind of map, and this basic knowledge will help them in school from elementary to college.
Another great section in the National Geographic World Atlas for Kids is the physical world section, which even explains how the world climate works including factors that influence the world’s climate. This kid atlas even goes a step further, when it explains about the environmental hot spots around the world.
In the National Geographic World Atlas for Kids each region of the world has their own map, as well as a 2+ page description of that region or country.
The text features are simplified, which makes it easier for kids to read, and the main text in the atlas is large enough for younger kids to read. Our four-year-old son loves the vivid images, and it is clear that the images catches his attention. Our eight-year-old son has no problems with reading the text,and he is taking advantage of the glossary section in the back of the atlas. Our middle son has great aspirations of becoming a shark scientist, and so he is especially fascinated by the section on the oceans in the back of the book.
Our 11-yera-old son, who originally wished for the National Geographic World Atlas for Kids, cannot put it down. This boy is a walking encyclopedia, and yes he has actually read the kids’ encyclopedias from beginning to end. He has greatly benefitted from the introductory section that explains how to read the atlas, and he can spend hours in the backyard reading and studying the maps.
The back of the book section contains quizzes for the kids, and as an extra bonus you can now get free digital extras with the National Geographic Kids Scanner App for your smartphone. With the free NG Kids Scanner App, you can get free video, games, quizzes, photo galleries and more, and it is a great companion app to the National Geographic books and magazines.
The National Geographic World Atlas for Kids is a fantastic book full of a world of knowledge, and it is the perfect gift for any curious kid. It is great reading for any road trip, and it is a great way to keep kids sharp and ready for the new school year in August. You can find much more fun for the kids at the National Geographic Kids website.
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