Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Child’s Geography: Explore The Classical World ~ A Rich Resource Review and Giveaway!


When I was a kid, I never liked geography or history very much.  Such subjects were simply too dry for me – or so I thought they were, because of the way they were introduced and taught to me. 

As an adult, things have changed.  My husband, children and I love history and geography!  We read book after book about it and then find ourselves diving into hands-on projects that our readings inspire.  So, when I was offered a chance to receive an e-copy of Knowledge Quest's  A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World by Terri Johnson in exchange for an honest, I jumped at the chance. 

I am glad I did.  For just this morning at breakfast time, Luke asked, “Mom, can we read more of that history thing again?”  Yep, he’s hooked and, I am confident that Nina and Jack will get there, too. 

 A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World is definitely going to be an integral part of our homeschool endeavors this year.  I’d recommend that like-minded homeschoolers, after-schoolers and just folks who like history and geography check it out, too.  Keep on reading for a review and then two giveaway options!




* * * * and ¾’s

A * READABILITY

Imagine sailing away to the countries around the Mediterranean with little clue about the region’s culture, food, landmarks, history and terrain.  You might enjoy yourself some, but you’d likely feel a bit lost.

Now imagine that as soon as you set foot in the first country, a woman walks up and offers to show you around.  She knows the ins and outs of the place – both present and past – and happily chats with you about them as she accompanies you on your journey.  Wouldn’t that exponentially enrich your experience?

That is what A Child’s Geography, Vol. III, geared at grades 1 to 6, does for history and geography studies, in my opinion, when compared to the way I was taught history growing up.

Truly, Luke, Nina, Jack and I have been reading it, I have been thinking, “Wow!  I wish my textbooks back in the day were this conversational.”  I am glad I can bring my children on a virtual tour of the Classical World through the book’s conversational text and well-chosen images.  It is an easy, informative and engaging read, and, as I mentioned earlier, has become a requested-by-Luke one here.
 
A * RELEVENCE

Last spring, we started dabbling with The Story of the World and related picture books, and, even as my children dove into Egypt studies, Luke began asking when we might get to explore Greece and Rome.  So, I knew before I even read A Child’s Geography, Vol. III that it would be relevant reading for us this year. 

Before I received the e-book and its accompanying materials, I did not know quite how relevant it would be.  I love the way the book ties history together with modern times, taking us on a present-day voyage throughout 10 countries around the Mediterranean, while weaving in historical facts and myths.  (My children especially love the “stories” of the past!)

A * PRACTICALITY

A Child’s Geography, Vol. III is more than just a book. It is a self-standing history-geography curriculum that comes in the form of a 224 full-color print or e-book, along with a CD-ROM3 or e-version of bonus materials.  Overall, it includes:

  • engaging, conversational text and vivid full-color photos, in a “living book” style
  • narration prompts to help with narration and to cement learning
  • notebooking, timeline and mapping activities for context
  • helpful pronunciations and full definitions in glossary
  • ideas for supplementary activities that focus on art, music, poetry and the mouth-watering food of each country (although, we cannot try most of that with our restricted diet!)
  • an optional prayer walk for each country
 
So, whether you’re a hands-on, experiential sort of family, or one that just wants and open-and-go book curriculum, this resource can work. 

A 3/4* LONGEVITY
I want to give  A Child’s Geography Volume III: Explore the Classical World a full star for longevity, because I know my family will use it this year with me reading it to the kids and that we will probably revisit it least one or two more times in years to come, with the kids reading it to one another, as we cycle through from ancient times to modern ones and back again.  However, I am also aware of many wonderful history programs and some families need for change, so – being honest – I would guess that some families might not get more than one year’s use out of the materials.  So, while I think that year would be a completely enriched one, in deference to the fact that the resource may only serve some families for a single year, I am subtracting a portion of a star.

A * VALUE
Our family has been enjoying A Child’s Geography, Volume III:  Explore the Classical World and I honestly feel that even though we received it free in exchange for an honest review that it would make a great buy for others.  For while living books from the library, internet searches and, yes, even dry encyclopedias could provide similar information to the A Child’s Geography resource, time IS money and personality goes a long way. 

A Child’s Geography, Vol. III, in my opinion, is worth its price in that the work of collecting ideas and information is done for you, so you can dedicate your energy to the process of enjoyable learning (as opposed to vetting loads of library loans and Google search hits).  And, while you are dedicating your time to learning through the materials, you can enjoy the text’s conversational tone – which makes learning more engaging.

Want Your Own Copy?

If you think your family would enjoy A Child’s Geography, Volume III:  Explore the Classical World, enter either of the giveaways below for your chance to win a free copy of it (and more!)  If you don’t win, or if you just want to grab a copy of the book now, you can purchase it directly from Knowledge Quest.  (You can also download the first three chapters as a preview there!)

The e-book like we have is $24.95; a softcover book version $34.95.  There is also pull out map of the Classical world that you can purchase for $9.95, which can be bundled with the softcover book and map for $39.95.   Or, if you want to go whole-hog, you can get $23 off the price of buying A Child’s Geography Volume III, and its predecessors, A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth and A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land  for $79.95, which is $23 off buying them separately. (Of course, you can get the book at Amazon, too, but you’ll miss out on the fabulous bundle opportunities!)

Giveaway Options

One Training Happy Hearts reader will get a chance to win a digital copy Explore the Classical World! (Enter in the first Rafflecopter below.)

One other lucky person will win the Mega Prize Pack offered  at a number of reviewer's blogs.   (Enter in the second Rafflecopter below.)  The Mega Prize Pack includes:

A Child's Geography Volume 3 with Wonders of Old Timeline Book ($59.90)
NotebookingPages.com Treasury Membership ($99.95)
Philosophy Adventure Physical set ($89.95)Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Intro Pack from Diana Waring ($64.95)
Writeshop Primary Level (winners choice of A, B, or C) plus Activity Pack plus You Can Write A Story ($51.85)

Raising Real Men prize package ($100) Raising Real Men Book, My Beloved and My Friend Book, A Cry From Egypt Book, Boot Camp 9-12, Hero Tales Complete set
A Journey Through Learning $50 Gift Certificate3 Months A+ Tutorsoft ($49.95)Lilla Rose (2 Flexi Clips) ($32.00)
See The Light (2 DVDs) ($30)
King Alfred's English and Baktar (Laurie White) ($25)

Giveaways valid to US mailing addresses.  Winner will be selected 9/13/13 and winner will have 36 hours to claim the prize. Martianne at Training Happy Hearts is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
 
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Disclaimer:  I  received A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to provide a positive review.  Also, this post contains affiliate links.  If you click through them to make a purchase, the purchase will not cost you anything extra, but we may receive a small percentage of the sale.  We thank you for supporting us this way!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks like a fabulous curriculum. Thanks for sharing!

kell said...

Awesome!

kell said...

Awesome!

Anonymous said...

We *heart* geography :)

Shalonne Halstead said...

Great giveaway!

The girl who painted trees said...

This looks like a terrific geography resource.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for posting! Always looking for new recommend curriculum :)

Charlene said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

teeniebeenie6 said...

What an exciting giveaway! Thanks for hosting it!!

Stuart Dunn said...

Looks like a great program. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

tammy cordery said...

I have heard great things about knowledge quest. I would love to win this giveaway.

Karolyn said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary in So.Cal. said...

We love Knowledge Quest. Thank you for the giveaway!

Kenneth White said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway!
Kendra White

Lisa Figueroa said...

I have always wanted to try this curriculum! :)

judi said...

I've loved everything I've seen from them and I would love to give this a try!

Angie Tester said...

I could use this with my son for yr 4 next year.

Jessica said...

I love love LOVE history, geography, and all those other 'boring' subjects and my kids are all 'meh' about them. I hope curriculum like this would spark some curiosity in them

jbravo said...

Great review and giveaway!

Melissa said...

Awesome! Thank you!

Becky Milstead said...

We would love to add more geography into our homeschool.

Riggins Family Blog said...

I would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

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