Monday, July 19, 2010

Review: Travel the World!

What better way to spend the long, hot summer than to "Travel the World"?!

We're still on summer break, but as we gather things together for our school year, we can't resist taking a peek inside.  This is my first review as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, and luckily, I am familiar with the format of this unit study, having used one in this same style last year.

  This is an excellent mini-unit study that provides an introduction to world geography. It starts with basic information about maps and the globe, explanations of longitude and latitude and compass orientation. Next the student is oriented to the continents and oceans, and finally there is a brief study of each of the continents in turn. This mini-unit study comes at a timely moment, as my second grader will be "touring" the continents this year as part of his geography/social studies curriculum. We had just started experimenting with lapbooking at the end of last year, so we are looking forward to the lapbooking activities included and exploring new ideas for our lapbook for this study.

Designed for grades 1-8, Travel the World also includes an additional high-school expansion section, to make it suitable for all ages. Links in the text connect to websites for further explanation of new terms and concepts, such as equator, axis, Australia, Africa as well as games and activities related to the content. Printable activities include a Word Scramble, Fill in the Blanks, puzzles, and acrostic. Two printable lapbooking activities are included, with links to helpful info on completing a lapbook, even if you've never made one before. Numerous coloring and copywork pages are built in, both manuscript and cursive. Recipes are included for kitchen learning, also answer keys and additional resources.

Although this can be used as a "print and plop" unit study, we have found in using other works by this publisher, that the internet links, which include videos and various educational websites, can be quite helpful and enriching, providing a break from typical seatwork.

Travel the World can be used as a stand-alone substitute for your regular curriculum, as it covers nearly all the required subjects. You may still need to use your regular math book, unless you are particularly talented at putting together related math activities for your student. Also, music and foreign language are not built into this particular unit study. Bible quotes are liberally dispersed throughout the pages, but aside from that, there is no specific religious objective, so parents can tailor further religious connections to their own beliefs. Reading, spelling, writing, and language arts are covered through the text, links, and printable worksheets. Science and history are fulfilled in the text and links, and art in the printables and lapbooking activities. Needless to say, this is primarily a geography study, so the social studies/geography requirements encompass the entire unit.

This e-book can be purchased on it's own to supplement the Old Schoolhouse Planner.  The planner is not necessary to use this unit study.  Other modules available include Let Freedom Ring-June 2009 module, Let's be Scientists-December 2008 module, and many more.
 Read the Homeschool Crew's blog on Travel the World

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The SchoolHouse Planner - Travel the World! (June 2010 Module)

$7.95 per module

Disclaimer:  This product was received free of charge for review purposes.  No other compensation was received for this review.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has enlisted Mrs. D to help review homeschooling curriculum this year.  I am on the "younger crew" (I so like the sound of that!), reviewing selections for preschool through elementary ages, though some material may be modified/appropriate for older students as well.  I am really excited about this. 

I am starting my "blogwalk" this week, meeting some of my fellow homeschoolers/reviewers through their blogs.  Like to join me?  Here's who I'm checking out this week:

1.  Second star to the right and straight on til morning
2. Surviving the testosterone
3.  Family style school
4.  School around the table
5.  1628 The story of the Goebels 5
6.  Morris family madness
7.  Homeschool-musings
8.  Homeschooling (and then some!)
9.  Heartfelt homeschooling
10. following Him home

I hope you'll join me in meeting some interesting homeschoolers and exploring great homeschooling tools and curriculum;)