This is my latest find for homeschooling. It is Google Earth. I found it to be a highly prized asset to homeschooling. In the history for my children, we are studying Asia. In particular, we are concentrating on the country of China. The children just learned how the Ming Dynasty ruled China for many years. They also just studied the Forbidden City, which was built by one of the Ming emperors. Here is a view from the Google Earth of the city. The satellite picture is amazingly clear. It is exactly the printout that came in the kids history. Have a look:
After downloading the program,(which is free by the way). The kids and I have been thinking of all kinds of places we should visit. Here are some of the places that we have been to so far.
The City of Chicago
Niagara Falls, Canada
The Grand Canyon,USA
The Pyramids of Egypt
Basically, it is a 3D view of the planet. It is interactive in a way which makes you appear that you are flying to each place you are searching. Many of the places have a 3 dimensional look to them. Not all places are so visible. For example, I tried Mecca and Medinah, and they are very blurry. Back on the subject of China, I also tried the Great Wall of China and was unable to locate it. It is fun to look up your own house. The kids and I did this too. You just put your street address and the Google Earth will fly you there. I encourage you to download this program if you can. I found it to be very educational, fun and exciting at the same time.