Of course students don't just study a map in geography. They also have a book and the curriculum that is moving at a rather brisk pace. The first topic was a deep dive into various types of maps, and now they are studying Asia. It's interesting to hear from Smarty what they are discussing in class - oil production and transportation, geopolitical importance of Turkey, ecological disaster of the Aral Sea. Their geography teacher traveled a lot and lived in several countries, so he brings some personal experiences to these discussions.
One thing that Smarty really relishes is a total absence of worksheets. Students sit together around the round table and discuss the chapter they are on now. Sometimes they watch videos, but most of the education in all subjects are "seminar style" - students do most of their writing (if it even exists) as homework and then discuss it in class. It's interesting to see how much Smarty is picking up from these conversations in the classroom - she is a child who readily connects the dots when more "dots" are available to her. I am so excited to see her appreciating geography and getting interested in geo politics now - something that she would have missed entirely had she stayed in a public school (there was very little modern geography in her social studies track and it's an elective subject in high school). Now I feel a lot more confident that she will become "the world citizen" despite the fact that her school does not advertise it as one of the main goals of students' education.
Do your kids enjoy geography?