Monday, July 19, 2010

Travel the World! TOS Module: June 2010

Travel the WorldRemember back when I reviewed The Old Schoolhouse Planner?  When describing the monthly themes included in the planner, I stated, "Modules are available to add each month, making this a great starting point for unit studies. A creative mom could use this planner and the added modules as her curriculum base for the year." Well, I didn't know just how right I was until now.

I had the opportunity to review one of the modules and it is a mini unit study all in itself!  The June 2010 module is entitled Travel the World! and you don't need to own the planner (although they compliment each other nicely) or use it in June (which is good, since that was last month).  This could be a stand alone study for a month of geography (perhaps adding library books) or used over the course of a few months along with your regular curriculum.

The e-book begins by asking, "What is geography?" and then actually gives you the answer.  Some of you may be raising your eyebrows right now at my emphasis on this, but I find too many unit studies that do not provide any answers and expect you to research everything.  Yes, I know researching is important but I want to be able to decide what to have my kids research and what to let them read and discover that way.  This gives you the Greek root of the actual word and then goes on to explain globes, the earth's axis, the equator, coordinates, latitude and longitude, maps, atlases, continents...all the basic geography information.  It's written in a simple, yet engaging manner.

Review of the information learned is through a Fill in the Blank, Word Scramble, Word Search, Crossword Puzzle, Rebus, and Acrostic Poem.  They even include what is referred to as "Lapbook Beginnings". This is a starting point for lapbooking your study and includes a "My Travel Book", continent matchbooks, and coloring pages.  If one was to homeschool using just the planner and modules, I think these would be great (in and of themselves) for creating a notebook or lapbook for the year.

The module also contains copywork, in both manuscript and cursive, and a high school expansion.  This would be a good way to include your older students in with your younger and yet allow them to dig a little deeper into the subject.  It winds up the study with a couple of recipes and a list of resources, many of them online links to enhance your study.

At one point I had planned to do a block study schedule for the coming year, where we would basically do a mini-unit each month on a different subject.  I ultimately decided to do a year long unit of The Chronicles of Narnia.  This module made me second guess that!  And while I'm going to stay with my year in Narnia, I am just reminded again how much fun these mini-studies can be and am happy to share them with you.


Travel the World! is available from The Old Schoolhouse Store for $7.95.
                                     

*Disclosure: This e-book was provided at no cost through The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, for review purposes. for more reviews of this product, check out the TOS Crew site.*



2 comments:

Stacy said...

I really did enjoy this mini unit study. First review done and this IS going to be a great year!

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!

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