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Do you ever dream of exploring the continents? Or ever want your children to have a good understanding of them? Well.. have I got just the thing for you. Books, crafts, history, videos, playlists and so much more. Everything you need to peak your interest in learning about our world! Introducing to you Journey Through the Continents, my review of a great product produced by Homeschool on the Range.
What I am Reviewing
Journey Through the Continents. A New study produced by Homeschool On the Range and provided in the shop by the bookshack. Journey through the Continents is a complete unit study. This unit study covers geography, history, art, social studies and language arts. It is 162 pages and comes as a downloadable file as a PDF. You can find this helpful resource for students in 5th-9th grades for $29.99 in the BookShack Shop.
The Details of Journey Through the Continents
One of the things I love about this unit study is the encouragement to dive in wherever you want. If you want to pick up an art project from Africa you can do so. Following the instructions provided OR you can play around with an image creator and see what you can do there instead of doing a paper plate craft.
Or perhaps you are just looking for some good book suggestions, because that’s what stimulates how you or your children learn. You will find copious book lists divided into age groups.
Whether your interest starts with food, crafts, videos or books there is something in Journey Through the Continents to whet your appetite. I WISH I had remember to capture my result of making this recipe! But sometimes the food gets ahead of my brain…… (though it’s quarantine time I did leave out the Korean paste).
It did lead to the inspiration to try another dish from a different country on the same continent though. It’s one of the things I love about unit studies, one exploration can so easily lead to additional ones…
You may be asking yourself by this point, so.. just how is this unit study set up? What am I really in for? Will I be overloaded, or given too many options, or just what’s the deal.
First off.. there are never too many options, there are always opportunities to fit the needs of different learners. The opportunities allow you to pick what suits you best.
Second the suggested resources. Two big ones. A subscription to SchoolhouseTeachers.com and AmazonPrime. Without those, it will be more difficult to complete this unit study. And… if you live outside the United States…. you’ll find AmazonPrime titles and series that you simply aren’t allowed to access. Yes.. it stinks. There are always workaround, like going to YouTube and sussing out videos on your own. This is one area that could be improved. For the creators to look provide alternatives should a major resource not be a possibility.
Third: the basic set-up. No table of contents which really surprised me, but the unit study progressed in an orderly fashion covering geographic concepts and then the continents.
Visual aids nicely break up the text, creating interest and reducing eye-strain. Most of the pages were are white, some gray-scale worksheets were present. A good amount of full-colour images were available making for a vibrant walk-through our beloved earth.
Layout of Each Section
Each section follows a similar layout, though the depth of each area might vary from one unit to the next.
- Geography: includes maps, location, climate, landmarks etc.
- History: in the form of a timeline
- Resources: videos, books,
- Crafts: a whole variety of crafts with no age suggestions. You never know what might inspire a person, or how they might want to do the craft, but perhaps a bit different.
- Music Appreciation
- Art Appreciation
- Connections and Folklore
- Research, vocab
- Famous People
- and various worksheets
This is a very thorough walk through the continents. If you did everything this would be a rather lengthy and complete geography/social studies curriculum.
So it’s rather cool. At the close of Journey Through the Continents I found a coupon! 10% off anything in the store. Looks like it’s a regular part of the offering. Hmm..now what would I choose? I’m leaning toward Cooking through the World. Doesn’t that just sound intriguing?