Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Let's Go Geography *Review

Let's Go Geography

Let’s Go Geography brings learning about the World right to your finger tips with their Let's Go Geography curriculum. You can purchase this program by the semester or the year, and it will give you full access to the countries in Year 1.

Geography at this age can be so fun, especially when it includes much more than finding it on the map. Let's Go Geography gives each country a unit study feel to it, by giving them a quick look at a variety of characteristics about the country. Each country can easily be done in a week, with an activity each day. Year 1 includes countries from each of the continents. I love that you can start in the beginning with the USA, or can jump around and pick a country you may already be learning about in a different class.

I decided to start off with Haiti, and maybe visit USA, and Canada later on since they are more familiar to us. I know a missionary in Haiti, so it made it a bit more personal to study it.
Each country gives you a very similar table of contents. I appreciate the consistency with each country that we knew what we would be learning about, and which activities would be similar.

Each country starts out with the key facts such as capital, languages, population, square miles, and more. 
There is a link for a printable map to work with. We liked to compare that to our wall map, and find the small map on that as well. Then as we look at the country we were able to see the countries and water around it on both the printable to be colored, and the larger wall map. 

My 12 year old enjoyed joining in with us, and it was helpful to have her reading skills to help her brother. She enjoyed learning right along with us, as did my 2 year old!

A fun itinerary you can print out and check off as you go. Here you can see that with five separate activities, you can easily get through this in a week, even with only doing one activity a day. 

There is a small printable flag that can be colored, and this can be put in your passport. You get access to the passport when you sign up, it is fun for the kids to get a 'stamp' in after each country we stop in. 

Each of the countries we visited had a link to a video with the nation anthem for that country. There were also links to videos about the country side and exploring. These are youtube videos. A word of precaution to be near by when those are playing. The link actually took us out of the curriculum rather than opening a new tab, so we had to often go back and log in again, and find our place in the the study. I recommend if it is possible to have the link just open a new tab and then you can exit out of that and get right back to where you were working. 

There videos are very interesting and it saves me much time not having to look up videos on the subject. 
There are optional writing assignments at the end of each country, where the student can write out what they have learned. 

All of the assignments, maps, flags can be kept in a three ring binder. 
My kids want to keep learning about new countries, and we may even start adding a food item in to try to make each Friday as a wrap up for the country study. I have found this to be an excellent start on Geography for my 9 year old, and a good continuation for my 12 year old as well. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Carole P Roman Books ~Review

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Carole P. Roman has written over 50 children's books, and we have enjoyed reading her books through the Review Crew for a couple years. Each series is unique in it's teaching and design and we were given a variety of books to review for you this time as well. You can find these four titles on amazon,  Can a Princess Be a Firefighter, One to Ten Squirrel's Bad Day,
If you were Me and You lived in Scotland, and Oh Susannah it's in the Bag.

We chose the first two titles specifically for my toddler, and the other two were surprise books from Carole based on what she thought we may also like. So fun to get surprise books in the mail and we did enjoy all of these titles.

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We chose this one for our 2.5 year old toddler and actually her 12 year old sister read it to her. It is focused of course on girls, and that they can basically be anything that they want to be. They don't have to choose just one thing, but can dream bigger than that. "You can be anything you want to be, anywhere, place or time". This book encourages that you can be more than one thing at a time even if you would like, and that you may even change your mind. The mom and girls have the discussion and no matter what the little girls decide, they will always be a princess to her.  I enjoyed how it discusses many different jobs for a girl to think about. Some of course my youngest had no clue, but others like being a cowgirl, a painter,or a dentist resonated with her.
I found it very interesting that the illustrator of this Mateya Arkova  is from Bulgaria.

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It was fun to see the same artist on this book One to Ten Squirrel's Bad Day. She uses more vibrant colors in this book compared to the pastels in the Princess book. I enjoyed the details in the story that showed what was happening especially on the pages that are only giving us small sounds. The poor squirrel is having a bad day when he trips and falls, and drops all of his hard earned acorns into the river. He is upset and angry by the whole ordeal. Rabbit has a great idea to share with Squirrel and the rest of the forest animals. To use a rating system from 1 to 10 to rate how bad the thing that happened to you really was. 10 being the worst, like maybe a death in the family. Once you give the event a rating, then actually think more about it to see if anything good came from it, and maybe you can rate it even lower. It is a great book for looking at things in perspective. Each of the events that the different animals encountered like failing a math test, an interrupted ball game, grandparents moving away, or a friend leaving you for vacation all could have some positive ramifications found. Rabbit helped the animals to find those things. Of course the death of the hamster was a 10. The divorce of the deer parents was only an 8, and I felt if any of them were out of place, this one was. The rest were common events that could happen in a kids life.

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We have reviewed other If You Were Me and Lived In.. books, and love how much information Carole gives in a short picture book. Some of the things of interest to kids from the country of Scotland. This book shares the culture of Scotland and includes vocabulary words with pronunciation in the story and again at the end of the book in a guide.
Learn about Edinburg and its famous university, Loc Ness lake and its creature Nessie. What is their country animal? Unicorn, and you can learn why that is in this book.
Famous for its kilts and tartans, the book explains why they wear this traditional dress.
Lots of great information all about Scotland.

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Another book illustrated by Mateya Arkova, this time a small chapter book. Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag is nine chapters long. This story is about a third grader named Susannah who doesn't like to do her homework. Her parents are always too busy to help her and she starts to feel the weight of all of her requirements.

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Study Guide ~Review

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Progeny Press is one of my favorite publishers of literature study guides. Always fun activities, and great questions to get the kids really thinking about the story. I used The Bears on Hemlock Mountain E-Guide (Grades 1-3)to read along with my 3rd grader and we really enjoyed the study together.

You will need to have a copy of the book The Bears on Hemlock Mountain either from your local library or can purchase a copy through Progeny Press HERE

The literature guide is 35 pages long, and I only printed out the pages I needed. The guide starts with a synopsis on what the book is about. This was helpful to grab my son's attention for sure!
There is also information on the author Alice Dalgliesh and some back ground information. She wrote The Courage of Sarah Noble, which we have read before. I think it is important to learn about the authors.

Several Before You Read activities are listed to spark interest in the book. Some of these focus on animal tracks, bird songs and even making cookies!

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain is a ten chapter book, each chapter being fairly short. If you have a good reader, they could easily read along with you, maybe even taking turns. My son is not a great reader, but a better listener so I decided to read the story to him. Each lesson has you read 2 or 3 chapters at a time then answer the study guide questions.

We started with vocabulary words, or phrases that I found helpful. He didn't know several of them, as they were 'old fashioned' sayings and words, but definitely had an interest in figuring out why they would use that saying. He also had to help me look up words to define them and use them in a sentence.

There were then comprehension questions that I would ask to see if he was paying attention to the story, and how he interpreted what I read to him. I loved being able to get his feedback and hear his answers before I gave it much thought.

As with all Progeny Press literature guides, it brings the Bible into the lesson as well. I so appreciate that as we seek to have some sort of Christian edge to all of our studies.
We learned about Biblical hospitality, telling the truth, being courageous, and forgiveness.

You can easily get through this study in a week if you do a lesson each day. There are four lessons excluding the before and after activities. We chose to do this three times a week so it took us a week and a half to complete. I didn't want to spread it out too much as we would tend to forget where we were in the story.

After all of the book is finished there are a few wrap up activities to choose from.
There is a creative writing assignment if you have a writer, or you could even do it orally if not, to put yourself in the story and write about it. Also maybe a report on a type of bear would be a good assignment as well. Of course a favorite may be to collect cookie recipes into a cook book.

By using the literature guide you are able to get much more out of a book, making it more of a unit study rather than just a reading assignment. I have always loved unit studies and appreciate the depth that Progeny Press goes to, bringing some of these books to life.

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