Featured Class: Geography & Missions

Main Focus: To establish Geography Literacy and International Awareness from a Christian Missions Perspective

  • Teacher: Bernadette Ashby
  • Course Length: Two semesters
  • Type of Class: Group Class through HEART Academy
  • Questions: Bernie Ashby m-bashby@sbcglobal.net or 408-923-8558
  • Recommendation/Pre-requisite: Rigorous memorization ability.
  • Material Fee: $25.00 per student one time only
  • Tuition fee payable to the teacher: $65/month
  • When: Friday, First period 8:45-10:00 am

Course Description:

In-depth study of geography and intensive map memorization skills will prepare the student for the project of generating a US map and a world map. This class will be “hands-on.” Christian Missions will be a primary focus. Areas of Study: 1) Cartography Skills 2) Geography/Geographer’s language acquisition 3) Christian Missions Perspective

Required Texts: Let the Nations Be Glad, by John Piper and a biography on any Christian missions/missionary (i.e. Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, George Mueller, Peace Child, Bruchko, Eternity in Their Hearts, Bonhoeffer, Brother Andrew, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs) to be approved by Mentor-Teacher.  Let the Nations Be Glad will be required for high school students.  Please consult with Mentor-Teacher before you make the purchase.

Comprehensive Atlas (inclusive of an index) – can be bought at Barnes/Noble or Border books, preferably paperbound so that they are not lugging heavy books back and forth to class. This is not a title of a book but an atlas.  Please do not buy an elementary or high school level atlas.  It needs to be comprehensive including a full index.  For younger students, I will be requiring the books:  Hero Tales.  Consult with the Mentor-Teacher before you make your purchase.

Comment on Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper: This is by far the best missions’ book that I have read. It underscores the motivation why we do missions and world evangelism. Please note that John Piper can be difficult to read and uses a lot of theological terms and concepts. Do not get bogged down by this but have your student do a general reading of this book – the book report will only be a summarization of the chapter and should state what the student has learned. 

Carry On Mr. Bowditch – completed by the 1st day of class

Materials Needed: Pen/Pencils, Binder.  At some point, the student will be required to purchase colored pencils (prismacolors are ideal but not necessary), rulers (a yardstick and a 12”), black fine tip marker pen (I will tell you exactly what to purchase re: size of tip), fine tip colored markers, a mechanical pencil, and white out.

Reading Schedule (this is suggested, the student can complete assignments sooner if desired):

Let the Nations Be Glad Chapter Summary/Notes Due (summary & what I learned on 1 page lined paper)

1. Chapter 1 Oct.

2. Chapter 2 Nov.

3. Chapter 3 Jan.

4. Chapter 4 Feb.

5. Chapter 5 Mar.

6. & conclusion

7. Biography April

8. reading completed 

Content & Objectives: After completing this year, the student will be able to…

  • Gain an understanding of God’s Heart for the World and its people.
  • Be able to deal comfortably with any map, regardless of differences in scale, symbols, and projections, etc.
  • Be able to decode the information on any map.
  • Be able to use atlas indices to find locations and other geographical information.
  • Use correct names for parts of the Earth and parts of a map.
  • Produce a map that shows as much as possible of their understanding of the outlines of all continents, countries, major cities, larger islands, rivers and bodies of water.
  • Produce a US Map.

Handing in Assignments: The student will not be required to hand in assignments, but will be expected to keep their notebook neat and organized. I will expect the children to be able to quickly locate any work in their notebook to use as reference for class discussions.

Bring to class every day:

  • Binder with plenty of paper- lined
  • Pen/Pencils, Colored Pencils
  • Detailed Atlas

Attendance: The student is expected to attend class and is responsible for inquiring with the Mentor-Teacher as to any assignments that have been missed. An email should be sent to the teacher if any absences are to be expected.


1. Active participation in class.

2. Complete assignments in appropriate time.

3. Written report on a region/country/state or any aspect of geography.

4. Oral reports on a cartographer, state, country, missionary.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change):

August – Introduction/Syllabus

1) September – Blank Grid Lesson, Cartography

2) September – Projections, Latitude and Longitude; Written & Oral Report on Cartographers

2) September – Latitude and Longitude

3) September – Contour Maps

4) October – Thematic Maps/Local Geography, LTNBG: Chapter 1 Summary Due

5) October – World Feature Maps

6) October – World Feature Maps

7) October – World Feature Maps

8) November – Missionary Speaker, Mapping the USA – Capitals, LTNBG: Chapter 2 Summary Due

9) November – Mapping the USA

10) November – Mapping the USA

11) January – Written and Oral Report on States, LTNBG: Chapter 3 Summary Due

12) January– Canada

13) January – The Americas

14) January – Former Soviet Union

15) February – Southwest Asia, LTNBG: Chapter 4 Summary Due

16) February – Africa

17) February – Africa

18) February – Missionary Speaker

19) February – Europe

20) March – Europe, LTNBG: Chapter 5 Summary Due

21) March – Asia/Oceana/Australia

22) March – Major Cities of the World

23) April – Written and Oral Report on Missions Biography

24) April – Major Cities of the World

25) April – Prepare for Mapping

26) April – Mapping

27) May – Mapping

28) May – Missionary Speaker

29) May – Mapping

30) May – Mapping

31) May – World Fair – Written and Oral Report on Country

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