Monday, July 19, 2010

World Geography Mini-Unit from TOS

This week on Spell Outloud I thought that I would focus on sharing some geography resources. The first up for the week is The Old School House's Travel the World June Planner Module. These monthly modules are supplements to the School House Planner. You don't need to have the School House Planner to use these additional modules.

What is Travel the World Planner Module?

It is an e-book unit with information for the student to read, hyperlinks, mini-books for lapbooks and other printables. The Travel the World unit focuses on what is geography, some of the basic terminology (longitude, latitude, compass rose etc)  the continents, and the oceans.

How We Used the Travel Unit:

When The Old Schoolhouse first gave me the e-book to review, I had originally planned on using this with my 8yr. old dd and 10 yr. old ds. Instead, I was able to use it with all my kids at various levels and it was my 12 yr. old dd that really love the unit.

The unit starts out with 8 informational pages that are hyperlinked. My 8yr. old and I read the material together over a couple of days and followed the links which enhanced the topics that were being covered. My 10 yr. old and 12yr. old read and did the material on their own. 

Next my 3 oldest requested that I print out the word searches for them. There are also some other supplemental printables such as crossword puzzle,  fill-in-the-blanks, rebus activity, and acrostic poem. I usually consider these types of pages "fillers" but my kids enjoyed doing them.

I had originally planned for my 8yr. old and 10 yr. old to start their world lapbook. There are mini-books for each of the continents and a special travel book for the student to write about a country they are interested in learning more about. Though we didn't get to this part, I plan on having them start this project this school year. The booklets included in the Travel the World download will be the beginning of the lapbook  and we will add additional mini-books for each of the countries we study this year.

What I Thought:

I was surprised that I was able to use this unit with 5 of my kids. I appreciated the fact that there were materials included to cover various age-ranges. For instance, there are coloring pages of each of the continents. While working with the older kids, I gave my younger girls (and my 8yr old because she loves to color) the pages and they were so happy to be doing "geography" just like their older siblings. There is also a section on the e-book that is geared toward high-schoolers. So the information in the e-book can easily be customized for various age-ranges. I would say though, that the material fit best with my 10-12yr. old, but with help, my 8yr. old enjoyed doing it too.

Specs at a Glance:

E-Book: Travel the World!—June 2010 Issue
Publisher: The Old Schoolhouse
Price: $7.95
Format: downloadable product

Not sure if this is for you? Well you can check out a sample to see more of this geography resource.

There are 12 supplemental e-book modules, each for each month of the year.
* Every module is filled with interesting information and facts, studying a topic in-depth.
* We look far and wide to find the best additional resources to expand your studies.
* You'll find activity pages, quizzes, and puzzles your kids will beg to work on!
* Your children will enjoy coloring pages designed just for our modules.
* We include copywork to help develop penmanship skills.
* Yummy recipes in every module!

Disclosure: I was given this product for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Blogger visitoardc said...

Sounds like it was a great fit! :) Following from Mingle Monday.

July 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Excellent review! I love how you were able to adapt the product to fit the age ranges of your children. Well organized, I loved the layout, it was easy to read, and informative. Great job:)

July 19, 2010 at 3:01 PM  
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July 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Enjoyed the review! Stopping by from Mingle Monday!

July 19, 2010 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Wonderful fit it sounds like! I need to check into these for our family.

Thanks so much for joining in on Mingle Monday. I hope you have a great week.

July 19, 2010 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Our Village is a Little Different said...

Hello from a fellow TOS crew member. I'm spending a little time checking out some of the the other reviews. Nice job!

July 19, 2010 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Great job! I can't wait to see your other reviews.

July 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Mama Manuscripts said...

Love seeing your kids working on the module! I'm glad it was such a good fit for you!

July 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review and nice pictures of your kids. I felt like you gave may a good idea of what the module includes.

Your blog makes me miss digi-scrap! I really need to make some time for it.

July 22, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

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