Posted by: blessedw4 | July 19, 2010

I got to travel the world…

without even leaving our home!

Now, let me explain: This is my first review as a TOS Crew member! For those of you who don’t know,  TOS stands for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  The Crew are homeschooling moms and dads who get to review products from a large variety of vendors and tell others what we think about them-fun! This is our “practice” review, but this is a real product that you can buy from their website. It is called: The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner June 2010 Module.

 You can find it here http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/  and it costs ($7.95). There are modules for all the other months of the year, and you can buy the entire bundle as one, or any individual month of your choice. These go along with their homeschoool planner, which looks wonderful as well. You can find it here: http://www.theoldschoolhousestore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191_193&products_id=14269 I’m saving up for that myself. :o)

Now, on to the details. First of all, I will confess that it is extremely hard in this house to get any of my children to do any type of “school” in the summer. My husband teaches public school so we have that mind-set of when Dad is home, it’s vacation! With that said, I used a bit of “incentive” not bribery, and we did manage to do a bit of the module.

This planner/module is a great overview of geography. It has an age range of K-high school-I really like the way the high school parts were clearly marked. Our oldest is only in 6th grade, so we would not have used it, but it is there, and it was good to know that an entire family could do this together.

My first impression of the module was extremely positive. The layout is colorful, easy to read, and kid-appealing. I also enjoyed the writing style; the writers were actually talking to “you”-the reader. As I started looking at the content, I did have to laugh though; we just finished studying the Eastern Hemisphere continents this past school year, and this would have been PERFECT for several of the places!  Now, how to get my older children to want to “review” something we already did-that was the challenge. “PT” honestly wouldn’t do any of the work with us, so I let him go on this one. He is such a pre-teen, hence the nickname, that I chose not to battle him on it.  “Scientist” didn’t mind too much, and “Little Mommy” and “Baseball boy” were happy to do some of the material with me. We enjoyed reading the overview sections on geography together. I like the way the content starts out basic and general and then gets more detailed as you read. I read aloud to my younger three and then I’d ask questions, and they would answer them. The material kept their interest well. We also used many of the hyperlinks and checked out other sites to give us more information on various topics.  My youngest two enjoyed the map coloring sheets the most. I loved the pictures of important places on each continent’s map; it gave us more to talk about and ways to expand our study if we chose.

The module also contains a wide variety of activitiy sheets, several lapbook components, pictorial maps, and several pages of copywork. I am going to use the copywork this next school year for my three oldest ones. There are pages in print and in cursive so the age range again is great.

Overall, I really enjoyed this unit/module. It is a great overview of geography as a whole, and gives a taste of each area of the world, which makes me want to dive in and study each in greater detail. I was glad to be able to review this product, and look forward to experiencing more from TOS.

Now, it’s back to summer for us for a week, and then on to the next review. Stay tuned to learn all about handwriting in another month! :o)   

Disclaimer:  *The author’s honest review and opinions are entirely her own. This product was provided to the author for free as a member of the 2010-2011 The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. No further compensation was received.*


Responses

  1. 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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