This year we’ve been studying geography in two week sections using books, maps, and online resources – keeping in mind that the primary reason for studying geography is to spread the news about Jesus.
We recently focused on Senegal where the first task was to find the country on the map. This one was harder than others we’ve recently done, but once given the hints that it is in the Eastern Hemisphere and has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean, they zeroed in on it.
Challenges for Prayer
We start our study by visiting the Operation World page for Senegal to find out some specific prayers for the area.
There are not many guidebooks out there for Senegal, so we used the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Senegal and The Gambia. It doesn’t have a lot of pictures, but the language is very rich and descriptive.
Mother Crocodile is not only a great original story with a cautionary tale – but you also find out (briefly) about some of the animals that would live in Senegal as well.
The Manatee Scientists is kind of reaching – I’ll admit it – but, there really aren’t a lot of books out there about the animals of Senegal. The book is divided between Florida and West Africa. Important things to know about this book: It manages to slip evolution in there (I know, it’s everywhere – so frustrating!), and I tread lightly when Westerners start trying to dictate what people can and cannot kill for food. Given that in our area of the world, food is much easier to come by, I would never try to teach my children that it’s wrong for someone in Senegal to kill a Manatee to feed his family.
We’re also going to watch a program on TV called Be the Creature. Are you familiar with the Kratt brothers from Zaboomafoo? They also do this series. If you have Netflix, they have the DVD in their library. Warning: As usual with these types of shows, they do have references to evolution – tying the manatee and elephant together. Use your own judgement – my kids yell “Lies!” at the TV whenever these types of things are said.
What are some of your family’s favorite methods to study Geography? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.