Can you believe it?!  A post completely unrelated to adoption!

I have been working very hard on creating a set of flashcards for this cycle’s geography.  I made flashcards for the first twelve weeks of cycle 1 and my children did amazing with them.   My goal was to make cards for every single location for cycle 2. Alas, there are 122 cards in all!  I decided to scan them into a PDF (or three smaller PDFs to be exact, because one was WAY too big!) so I could make them available to other CC families whose children respond well with visual cues.   They would also be great to use during geography if you’re a tutor.  I used mine a lot last year in class and my little four and five year olds learned fast!

Most important thing to note:

**Each card is labeled with the location, but there is nothing referencing a cycle or week anywhere on the cards because I don’t want to infringe on any copyright laws and get CC corporate on my hiney.**

Second most important thing to note:

**All proceeds will go toward our remaining adoption expenses.** (oops, I guess this post wasn’t completely unrelated to adoption.)

I must tell you, I originally planned to sell the download for $10.  It took me weeks to finish these, they’re in color, labeled, ready to print and use.  But then I started to think about the fact that you still have to print them, fold the labels over (each map and label are side-by-side so you’ll fold each label over to the back after you print).  You may also choose to glue the entire thing to a 4×6 index card for better durability, and if you’re like me, you’ll laminate the finished product!  Therefore, I’m only asking $5.

These cards may also be printed in black and white or grayscale to save money.  We have an InkBoy near our house and they do $.01 black and white copies if you bring your own paper.  But I must say, the color adds a lot to the cards.  The only color is the water and the small location in red or orange on each card.  Here is an example:  There are two cards with labels on each page and this is what they’ll look like when you cut them out:

And this is what it will look like once you fold the label over:

Another beneficial aspect of these flashcards is that I chose to use several different maps to create the cards and best display each individual location.  As a result, your student will be challenged to find a familiar location on each card as they first begin to study and learn them.  For example, India and Italy are two places that are pretty easy to pick out if you’re looking at a map of Asia or Europe.  You’ll be amazed how much their knowledge of world geography will grow this year.

If you’d like to purchase the PDF downloads for my European and World Geography Flashcards, please click on the “donate” button to the right and follow Paypal’s instruction.  In the note or memo section please let me know what email you’d like your download sent to.  I will be sending the first “batch” of downloads on Saturday.  This allows me a few days to do some final editing that will make the cards even better.  These cards have been reviewed and edited by three other CC moms and each location has been cross-referenced with the Foundations Guide and at least one extra map source.  However, I’m still human.  If you purchase the download and find a mistake, please let me know and I’ll fix it ASAP and re-send the corrected card(s) to everyone who has already purchased them.

We love geography in our house, it just took us a few years to figure out how to best utilize (and master) our maps.  Flashcards and consistent drawing/tracing are definitely the keys for my children (and me)!  I hope you enjoy them.

…and please pass this link along to your CC friends!