Monday, August 9, 2010

Travel the World – Review

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Schoolhouse Planner

Schoolhouse Planner/Modules EBook: Travel the World!—June 2010 Issue

EBook sells for $7.95

Ages: K – High School

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine provided me a free copy of Travel the World to review – a full-color fifty-two page module to be used standalone or in conjunction with The Old Schoolhouse Magazine planner. Travel the World is a mini-unit study on geography.

Geography is defined in the text as “God’s handwriting on the earth.” Based on this definition, students are taken through an exploration of what geography is starting with the basics of understanding a globe or map, furthered by a broad view of geographic features and finally narrowing to an exploration of each continent. Internet links are provided throughout allowing for deeper understanding of some of the key terms such as Mount Everest, Yangtze River, savannah, etc. Additionally, links are provided to fun online quizzes and games that allow students to practice and test their knowledge. (This became a competition to see who could remember the most!)

Travel the World came at a good time. We have needed some filler activities for those “I’m bored!” times this summer. While this was our approach to the study, the numerous links and expansions could easily turn this unit into a full month or more of comprehensive study. I like the fact that as a unit study it touches on many disciplines all through the same theme. My boys, ages 10 and 12, are writing, exploring poetry, looking at a globe, understanding geographic features and investigating culture all under the same umbrella. They don’t realize how much they are learning and in how many different areas.

The incorporation of internet sites throughout the unit really appeals to all learning styles. My boys get to see, hear and through the online games interact with the material. Were we doing this during the school year, I would have incorporated the high school expansion activities to take their knowledge a step further by investigating geography through literature, research and even the concept of developing a microbusiness. In fact, I’m sure I’ll be revisiting some of the links and projects once school starts.

I recommend this unit study as a quick study for students needing some extra content or for an in-depth study of geography. The content is adaptable to students of all ages – it’s nice when the family can all work together!

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** I received this product free of charge from The Old Schoolhouse for review purposes. **

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