Archive for Geography

Jul
23

Study Geography Alongside History

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“It only makes sense to study geography alongside history.  In history, we learn about time, places, and people.  Geography covers the places part.”  I’d like to tell you that we’ve been studying this way throughout our homeschool journey, but I can not.  It’s more likely that we are just above the  “less than one-third of elementary and high school students showed proficiency in geography,”  as reported by the U.S. Education Department.

Children in America do not spend the time learning the lay of the land.  They do not recognize where a country is on a map, and certainly can’t identify the black outline of most countries.  Many do not know where the States of The Union are in relationship to one another.  If this isn’t sad enough, as cell phones and GPS systems become more available, students are not even developing map reading skills.

We like to travel by car.  We enjoy hiking and exploring nature, and kayaking on the lake; so, we’ve taught our children how to read a map.  They know how to follow directions, understand North, South, East and West; can calculate distance and recognize terrain, etc.  In our house, learning the names of our States, their black outlines, where they’re located, and the name of their capital city, is a common occurrence, along with the memorization of the names of the Presidents of the United States, and the recitation of the 66 Books of The Bible, among other things, but not in connection to our history.  This would be the reason we might fall outside the statistical average.

Our World Geography knowledge is poor, but I’m steadily working toward changing that, with the assistance of Knowledge Quest and their Map Trek collection of historical outline maps.

 

 

 

 

Map Trek maps are in chronological sequence; so, they can be used in conjunction with any chronological history program.  There is also specific curricula that is complimented by the use of Map TrekTruthQuest History, Tapestry of Grace, Sonlight Curriculum, Mystery of History, Living Books, and Ambleside Online, to name a few.  Free Curriculum Integration Guides are available.

Current volumes of Map Trrek include:

Map Trek – Ancient World

Map Trek – Medievel World

Map Trek – New World

Map Trek – Modern World

incorporating  the

Map Trek – U.S. Edition

There are full-color teacher maps, black outline maps, and reproducible student maps, available.  It is recommended that map study be added to a curriculum, once or twice a week.  Since we are just building our map-study-habit, we chose to use the maps just once a week.  The maps and activities are broken down into three categories; covering grades K – 12.  I chose the U.S. Edition; printing maps from our birth states and becoming familiar with their facts, even though our long term goal is to improve our World geography knowledge.  The best map work is fun and interactive, and that makes Map Trek one of the best!

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Individual Map Trek Editions for The World are $14.95, with the U.S. Editions being $19.95 in e-book format.  The complete set of 6 e-books is $47.00, and the beautifully bound, over-sized, hard cover book, with a CD-Rom of reproducible student maps is $55.00.

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I hope you will utilize the links I’ve provided to visit Knowledge Quest’s website for more information.  You can also read the opinions shared by my Crew mates, when you click on the banner below.

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Write ~

Knowledge Quest

P.O. Box 789

Boring, OR  97009

Email ~ helpdesk@knowledgequestmaps.com

Call ~ 877.697.8611

or Follow on Facebook

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  An e-book set of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Oct
19

For Girls Only!

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Finding one’s place in a big family can sometimes be difficult.  Having something that belongs just to you or that didn’t belong to a sibling before you doesn’t happen often, but sometimes it’s nice.  It’s a little affirmation that you are one-of-a-kind and not just part of the group.   I look for ways to let my children know that I see them as individuals.

Our youngest daughter is the youngest of 11.  She loves her position, but we’ve made it a point to let her know that she wasn’t an afterthought.  She was/is wanted and she is an important part of our family.  It would be easy for everything she owns – clothes, toys, books & games – to be a hand-me-down, much is, but not all.  Truly, she probably wouldn’t even mind, but I would; so, when I recently had the opportunity to review an ad-free learning website, for girls only, I was just a wee-bit excited about the possibilities!  I wasn’t disappointed.

Always Icecream is geared for girls, ages 7-12, and it looks like it was created just for them.  It’s pink and fun, and frufru and fun, and cute & sweet and fun!  Much to my youngest son’s dismay, the website for boys only hasn’t been completed, yet, but I hear it is in the works.  If I’d allow it, he’d learn & play right alongside his sister, but since I haven’t, he can not wait for his siteWhy have a site, for girls only?  My guys and girls get along very well together.  My guys are a little more sensitive, considerate and compassionate and my girls are comfortable catching bugs and fishing, because of their interaction with each other, but it’s not that way in every home or classroom.

    • “Online games for girls are games that have been specifically designed to meet the interests and curiosity of girls. This gender-focus makes it possible that “girls can be girls” without the fear of being bothered by boys who tend to make fun of everything that girls consider “cute.”
    • “Within the target age group of 7-12 years, children’s preferences and ways in which they can be motivated tend to be influenced by gender.  Collaborative play (girls) versus competitive play (boys) and girls tend to be attracted by virtual goods that are “decorative”, such as clothes, versus “useful”, such as machines or armor.”

“Notwithstanding the differences in brain development and socialization, Always Icecream is adamantly opposed to stereotypes such as “girls are not interested in science or math.” The site challenges its young members to engage in learning activities across a broad spectrum of subjects:

Language Arts

Math (basic and advanced)

Science

Computer Skills

Geography

History

Foreign Languages

Music & Arts

and Religious Education

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I asked my daughter for her opinion of Always Icecream.  She said, and I quote:

I love it!  You get to make your own house and you get your own pet.  It’s fun!  The learning is still fun, too.  I am learning, you know.  There are so many activities, I can’t even tell you!  I’m practicing typing and I’m learning my states.  Want me to show you?  I’m getting higher and higher in my math and I got all of the Bible questions right, last time, because we had just learned about two of them in Children’s Church!  The pet world thingy-place is my favorite!  The pets can play games and do stuff.  You can buy them accessories, (yes, that’s her word.  We are big Fancy Nancy fans, but I’ll save that for another time) like a necklace or a bow.  You use your $coops to buy stuff.  ($coops is the earned currency in the Always Icecream world.)  You buy them food and feed them, like carrots for the rabbit, not bacon or dog bones, of course.  You give them cuddles and love and their hearts go up!  I already said it, I just love it!

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School time.  Learning time.

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 Play time.  Reward time.

Parental participation, behind the scenes, is encouraged.  Parents sign-up to receive a progress report, once a week, and may choose a number of $coops to be rewarded for special in-real-life projects, chores or accomplishments.  My kids are on a rotation to clean the cat’s litter box.  Our youngest was rewarded $coops for doing it without having to be reminded.  Granted, she would like to go to Dairy Queen in the future for real-world ice cream in exchange for a real-world chore, but since she usually only gets a “thank you” she thought getting $coops was actually “pretty cool.”

The girls earn $coops currency for completing their learning tasks, challenges, games & videos.  They create a mini-me avatar and can switch her clothes, buy rooms for the house and purchase furniture, pets and more.  My girl loved this!

There is also a social feature available, set up by the parent, that enables or not, the girls to “make friends” and communicate with one another safely through Always Icecream.  Although we didn’t choose to activate this feature, I do appreciate the excellent safety measures that are in place for the girls.  Click the graphic below for more information.

 

*  $4.99 per month  *  $29.99 per year  *  $99.99 for a lifetime membership  *Take a quick tour of the site and try out FREE GAMES before you buy.  “Satisfaction guaranteed: Your daughter will have fun and learn relevant skills – or you get your money back!”

 

You’ll want to read more reviews by my crew mates and their girls.  Click the TOS banner below to get the full $coop!

 

 

Contact:

website

email – feedback@always-icecream.com

or visit

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Blessings to you and your girls,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

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May
16

“Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

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“Congratulations!  Today is your day.  You’re off to Great Places!  You’re off and away!  You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.  And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…”

 

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Where to go?  Where to go?  How to get there – do you know?  Bright Ideas Press has WonderMaps that’ll get you there in a blink and two snaps!

 

 

The creative potential just boggles the mind.  There’s nearly a map for every thing-a-ma-kind!


 

This brand new program, available as a download or CD, is a “customizable collection of over 350 different maps.”

 

Click the graphic, to find everything under the WonderMaps category…

 

 

60+ maps of the world

 

 

 

60+ maps of the USA

 

 

 

125+ historical maps, including 25 Biblical maps

 

 

 

 

plus

The complete map sets from The Mystery of History Vols. 1-3 and All American History Vols. 1 & 2

 

 

 

WonderMaps is teacher, parent and student friendly.

 

The video below will give you a better idea of all that WonderMaps has to offer –

 

 


Contact:
Bright Ideas Press
P.O. Box 333
Cheswold, DE 19936

877.492.8081 or email – contact@BrightIdeasPress.com

 

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We like it!  It’s true!  $49.95  – for me or for you.  I really must say, though I’d rather not, we found an error on a map, maybe two, maybe more.  Made corrections, changed directions, and didn’t keep score.   Saint Paul isn’t happy that Minneapolis would dare, to take the title of capital heir.  The mappers will fix it, of this I’m quite sure, too much confusion for Minnesotan’s to endure.

 

Reviews by The Crew, you can read them with ease.  Click the banner to see what they think, if you please.

 


 

Blessings,

 

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  I also have no affiliation with Dr. Seuss, Seussville, or the Dr. Seuss & Friends Book Club and receive no compensation for references to them. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

Thank you for your support and encouragement…  PK



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