Geography for Kids: Geography is the science of the Earth’s surface, its atmosphere and its features. This science informs us more about our planet and the world we live in.
We learn about different places, the continents and countries as well as the oceans, rivers, deserts or mountains on our planet. However, we do not only look at facts about the nature and landforms but we also discuss how people live in different parts of the world, learn about different languages and cultures, different traditions and challenges.
In geography we also learn about the effects that pollution, natural disasters, wars and conflict have on the people and we learn how to protect our environment so we can help to preserve the earth for future generations.
The Greek scientist Eratosthenes (276–194 BC) was the first person who used the word 'Geography' and is considered to be the 'Father of Geography'. Eratosthenes was the first to draw a world map, he was a mathematician, astronomer and poet. He calculated the circumference of the world although people did not travel that far at that time (remember the Americas or a route to India was not discovered at that time) and he even calculated the tilt of the earth's axis quite accurately.
What do we do when we study geography? We explore and learn about two main issues: places and people. There are two branches of geography, called ‘physical geography’ and ‘human geography’
geography (noun): From the Greek word: γεωγραφία – geōgraphia, from gē 'earth' + -graphia 'writing'. This means to draw, describe or write about the earth.
geographic or geographical (adjective): relates to geography and refers to the features and location of an area
geographer (noun): origin: geōgraphos 'geographer', from gē 'earth' + graphic 'write, draw'. Refers to a profession, a person who studies geography, the environment and people. This is somebody who works with maps or works with geographic information systems and who examines natural phenomena, places and population trends.
In Kids World Travel Guide's 'Geography for Kids' we explore many of the common topics of the geography curricula used in a variety of schools around the world.
Our Geography for Kids facts can support homeschooling parents, teachers and of course the pupils and students as most of our geo and travel information is sourced, collected and written by kids for kids. Common topics are:
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