In the 2018-2019 school year, we are completing a year-long study in Afro-Asiatic Studies. The study includes a general overview and nation-specific or region-specific lessons from the continents of Africa (including Arabia), Asia, and the Pacific (Australia/Oceania), as well as the European people we’ll learn about as they occupy and colonize several countries on these three continents. Beginning in Australia and trekking our way west until we park in Africa, will study the following topics:

  • Geography (landforms, rivers, countries and capital cities, climate, natural resources etc)
  • History (historical overview of each continent and in depth history of selected nations, independence holidays)
  • Faith (dominant beliefs of each continent, faith-based holidays, any major changes over time, and a comparison to our own faith)
  • Culture (government, economics, society, education, art, sports, oral tradition, indigenous peoples, cultural holidays, etc)
  • Key People, Places, & Events (historical, political, or religions figures; artists, musicians, etc)
  • Current Events (political, social, religious issues, and its affect/influence on America, if any)

We are using grade-level history textbooks (choose your fancy) and visiting the library for more throughout the school year. I use children’s books for all of my students, even myself, unless I have assigned in-depth research, a project, or a grade-level assignment. We all learn from brand new material and using them gives students more time with the content rather than stumbling through adult/technical content just to grasp basic information. Below, you will see a (running) list of “Who Was/Who Is/Where Is?” books that we’ll all read together to learn about key people, places, and events. We will read online articles, newspapers, and view Student News to study current events. The CIA World Factbook is a great resource for quick-fact information. It includes regional and world maps, flags of the world, and country comparisons.


Read All About It ~ Afro-Asiatic Resources


This is a literature book that I will read aloud while we are studying Australia! We’ll probably watch the movie too, if I can get access to it.

Asia and the Pacific


I have an older version for both titles above, so my cover will look different than yours (if you’ve seen my video), but it is the same book. I am mostly using both titles for my Fourth Grader, but all new information is for everyone. These two are the main texts for this course.

World Geography and You (Africa, Arabia, Asia)

The books above and below this one are texts. I wanted to have a consumable they could work in smoothly to record quick, but meaningful information. Buy this book used. I paid $6.99 for one a local used bookstore and the other on Amazon for $7.45. I bought one for each of my sons, but if you have a child who is younger than fourth grade, I would not purchase this title.

People, Places, & Change (Eastern Hemisphere)

I have an older version so my cover will looks different that the most-recent publication (if you’ve seen my video), but it is the same book. Again, I picked mine up a local used bookstore so I do not mind the older version (2003). The most recent copy on Amazon is 2005 and it is cheaper than the older one (if you want Prime). Between the cheaper price at the bookstore and the Black imagery, I chose the older version. I am mostly using this title for my Seventh Grader, but all new information is for everyone. (If your state requires Eastern World History, try to obtain the state edition.) This book is the main text for this course.

Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook

We use this book as a reference regularly; however, for this course we are mostly using it to cover ancient and medieval history in selected nations. If you do not already own a copy, I am not sure it is worth buying just for *this* course.

Discovery Kids Atlas: Explore and Discover the Wonders of Your World

I have a copy for both of my sons. It’s a workbook(ish) that covers all the continents. (We used this workbook last year in our Latin American Studies also.) I added this just for fun and creativity. They both enjoy puzzle-type activities that the book consist of and reading cool/fun facts.

National Geographic for Kids World Atlas

This coming school year will our third school year using this title, and we really like it. (We used this atlas last year in our Latin American Studies also.) It has all the nations we are going to study, plus a few islands too.

The Africa Book

We have owned a copy for a while and it was much cheaper years ago. It is a lovely book with information for each African nation (as of the date of this book). The live pictures are so nice. We use this as a reference book for everyone. (We are also using the Classical Africa text.)

Extra Readers

I really enjoy this title because it features the lives of children from around the World! My sons like hearing about how other children live and complete daily life activities in their own countries. There is a story from the USA, Peru, Uganda, Italy, Russia, Iran, India, and Japan.

It’s Digital ~ Afro-Asiatic Resources

Most of the countries I needed were in this bundle! Having this resource cut my work in half. If you are only studying a few nations, it may be cheaper to buy this specifically and forego the bundle.

If you are only studying Australia, use the $1.00 resource I linked above. If you are studying various countries of Australia & Oceania, follow that link. You will only need dependent territories if you studying the smaller islands in the Pacific.

I have the bundle because it was a group-buy; however you can easily decide which nations you want to study in the ancient world and just choose those. We will use Ancient Israel, India, & China for the 2018-2019 school year.

Thanks for being here! What are you studying in history and geography? Happy Teaching!