At Classical Conversations, we believe that an important part of any education is knowing the places of the world. Keeping up with current events, travelling (even vicariously), or researching information about one's ancestry are all examples of how geography inserts itself into daily discussions. We have found that studying geography - really studying, with the intent of learning the world - is most effectively accomplished by practicing the three classical components of memorisation: repetition, intensity, and duration. To that end, we introduce each world region with physical and political maps so that students can observe and draw their own maps. They are practicing cartography: learning the shapes, sizes, and places of our world. We have also provided blank maps for very young students to trace. This visually stunning cartography book will change the way your students view the world—and how they see themselves in it.

 Recommended in Program(s): Foundations, Challenge A, Challenge II, Challenge III, Challenge IV
Cycle(s): n/a


What families are saying:

“The book is beautiful.” — Christina
Exploring the World through Cartography has been a big hit, and not just with the Challenge A crowd! It is so visually beautiful, and it's rich in information. Many families with children younger than Challenge have purchased a copy for their home libraries." — Ashley
Love the separate physical features map located within and the beautiful design.” — Kelly
“This specific book will be treasured for years to come as the benchmark for Classical Conversation's efforts in excellence.” — Wanda
The Cartography book is a fabulous resource. The students explore each page like going on a treasure hunt. My daughter Lauren says she loves the detail the book gives about the country and capital cities and the quality of each map itself.” — Sylvia
I personally think it is the best product CC has done yet. I love the simple, clear maps for students to draw and identify.” — Sue
My Challenge A student appreciates having several maps for each region at her fingertips, rather than having to hunt for one or more atlases to find the information she needs. She finds the pictures to be beautiful, especially the Waterman Butterfly Projection. ...My daughter says the opportunities for integration with the Challenge A curriculum are endless.” — Nancy Dayton / The Old Schoolhouse® Product & Curriculum Reviews
After looking over the book I am so glad I get the opportunity to use this book with my son this year! It is a beautiful book. It looks not only informative but very engaging for my not so enthusiastic son!” — Tiffany




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1.3 kgs


9 x 12 in.






Errata sheet for the first printing available here.

Frequently asked questions available here.

Bonus materials for Exploring the World through Cartography
available here.

How to Coax Your New Book to Lie Flat

Place the book with its back on a table.

Open the front cover.

Then open the back cover.

Open a few pages in the front, gently pressing along the spine.

Then open a few pages at the back of the book in the same way.

Continue opening pages, alternating between the front and back, until the book is fully open. Gently press along the center spine.


You may need to repeat this process two or three times to limber up the binding. Never force the spine or handle your book roughly as that may break the back and cause pages to (eventually) come loose.

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