Visualize World Geography
The Mental Mapping Curriculum
"Each continent is covered by the unique Visualize World Geography pictography. Disclaimer: Not only does the VWG method forever change the way you see a world map, but it definitely works only for people who do not take themselves too seriously! If you can appreciate the use of humorous puns and/or storylines as a way of associating the shape of a country with its name, then you can allow the VWG method to equip you with a mental map of the world to recall at will and draw from memory while giving you reason to smile! " as worded by the VWG people.
We watch the videos together. We do just the mapping pictographies first and then later go back to the social studies part of the DVDs after we know most of the countries in the region. Those days we spend a few hours on it. On our days of just learning the pictographies we will watch the videos a few times and then drill each other.
I included the pictures of the kiddos to show another trick for reinforcing the information. Notice that in both the dinning room and the breakfast room I have maps on the tables. They remain there all the time. The USA map is in the breakfast room and various world maps are in the dinning room, where we gather for our morning studies. I show the DVDs on my laptop.
This is direct from their website. Please make sure to get the one from Tender Heart Press and not what Amazon is selling, they are not the same thing. This is really that wonderful. I wish everything I taught could be learned this easy and with this much fun!