World Cultures: A Family-Style Geography Program Paperback


A geography course that teaches about the concepts of culture and tours the planet, visit countries around the world. Students use books, videos, printables, and hands on crafts and games to learn about the world. For a mentor to use with ages 6 to 18, family-style.


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World Cultures is an activity-based geography program. It teaches skills and principles about human cultures as well as taking a tour of the planet touching on regions in every continent. The best part is the family-style design that allows you to teach all ages at once.


Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.

A Pick-and-Choose Curriculum

A mentor uses World Cultures to custom tailor learning to the students. The mentor chooses from among the library book recommendations, video recommendations, and activity ideas presented in the book. Mentors and students learn together as they read, watch, craft, cook, play, and create.  To complete the activities you will need craft supplies, a student atlas, a world map or globe, and some household items. This course was designed for multiple ages or abilities of students to learn together in a homeschool or classroom.

Units In This Course

World Cultures includes nine unit, one for each month of your school year.

  1. Caribbean – What is culture plus the countries of Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Haiti, and the Lesser Antilles region.
  2. Central Africa – Mores and manners and the countries of DR Congo, Cameroon, Uganda, and Rwanda.
  3. Nordic Countries – Learn about families around the world plus the countries of Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
  4. Indian Subcontinent – Learn about leisure time plus the countries of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
  5. World Religions – This unit focuses on the five biggest religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
  6. Amazon Basin – Learn about languages and the countries of Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
  7. Southern Africa – Learn about myths and the countries of Angola, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
  8. Down Under – Learn about rituals and ceremonies and the countries of Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.
  9. Central Europe – Learn about cultural spread and the countries of Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

A Layers of Learning Geography Lesson

Each Exploration in the units is written as a complete lesson plan. It will direct you to books to read, videos to watch, projects to craft, experiments to perform, and discussions to have. The units are clear full of Explorations to choose from, and you won’t have time for them all. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum.

Besides the geography lesson for the day, the units are lined with sidebars that direct you to discussions, books, famous people, interesting facts, writing ideas, and more.

You will also see a Library List at the beginning and a Show What You Know section at the end that will help you create assessments or tests based on your individual learning.


Reusable and for All Ages

These units books are for the mentor, not to hand to the student. They are supposed to be used repeatedly. Since this is a pick-and-choose curriculum, you do some of the explorations and save others for later on. If you follow the four-year cycle, you will progress through People & Planet, Mapping Our World, World Cultures, and People & Place over the course of four years. Then you will cycle back to People & Planet in the fifth year when your kids are older and learning at a higher level. In all, you may use this book three times with your child.

The World Cultures units contain lessons ranging from identifying folk, pop, and high culture in your community to the wide variety of languages and writing systems around the world. There are plenty of concepts for little kids and plenty to challenge high schoolers. Most lessons are meant to be taught to many ages, from 6-year-olds clear up to seniors in high school.  Each age group gets the same Exploration and principles, but they learn on the level they are ready for. Books from your library and video from the YouTube playlists customize the learning for each age.

Extra Resources

YouTube playlists and links to helpful websites are all assembled and ready for you to access on the World Cultures Resources page.

Printable Packs

World Cultures also includes printables for every unit. These are worksheets or paper crafts for the students. The Printable Packs are available as a digital PDF download and come with your purchase on your receipt if you buy the book here or as a free download with the coupon code inside the book if you bought the paperback elsewhere.

Also Sold As Individual PDFs

The World Cultures course also comes as individual PDF units you can purchase one-by-one as you go. The individual PDFs are exactly the same content as the units that are included within the paperback or PDF Mapping Our World book. It’s like buying the course chapter by chapter in a digital format.

Student Journal

As students learn about the world they are asked to assemble their own World Explorer Journal. You can purchase printable or paperback copies of the World Explorer Journal. If you prefer you can use an art sketchbook to make your own.

Weight29 oz
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .75 in






Cycle Year

Year Three

Product Type

Full Courses




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