I wanted to introduce something new that I am starting–as of today! It will be called “The Saturday Morning Review.” If I have products, books, curriculum, services, etc. to review, I will save them for Saturday mornings. That will bring some consistency to any reviews I do, and free the weekdays for blog posts focusing on other topics.
So, Welcome to The Saturday Morning Review!
This Saturday’s review is for Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett and the new Passport to Geography series.
We switched curriculum this year for our home school, and there is LOTS of geography involved. I don’t mind. Personally, I find it interesting. My kids, however, aren’t quite as enthusiastic as I am about it. So, I’ve been on the lookout for ways to make it engaging and relevant.
Enter Passport Geography by Amanda Bennett. My kids may not be big on geography yet, but they do love unit studies, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this new unit study series focusing on different countries! Here is a brief excerpt from the introduction to the first study in the series, Passport United Kingdom:
“With the new Passport Series, you will see places that most people never get to visit, becoming familiar with this part of the world and many of the landmarks and landforms that are in the United Kingdom. From learning about some of the food they enjoy, such as fish and chips, scones, and high tea, you will be heading on to Carrickfergus Castle and then the Tywi River, and then over to Edinburgh and Cardiff. We are heading off on a great geographic adventure–glad to have you along!
Passport United Kingdom makes stops in the countries of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. In each country there are lessons in Geography, History, Science, Language, Composition, Bible, and even Cooking! Travelers get to study landforms and geographic features as well as famous landmarks. Interesting facts, people, animals, and foods are introduced, some of which I had never heard of before. Do you know why sausages are called “bangers” in England? I do now!
These studies are week-long units, but they are so full of rich information and possibilities for further study that you could easily spend more time on them! There are lapbooking projects, cooking projects (I know, I already mentioned cooking about 3 times, but I know my kids will LOVE this part!) science experiments, research opportunities, and so much more. These Adobe downloads are also filled with clickable links to videos, websites, webcams, pictures, maps, etc.
One of the features that I really appreciate about this series is that there are two levels offered. The Scout unit is for Elementary ages, while the Explorer unit is for Jr./Sr. High. There are many ways to customize the studies to fit any and every child and learning style. (And, if you want or need both levels, you can buy a combination pack for a discounted price!)
I really cannot express to you how excited I am about Passport United Kingdom! I’ve been looking through it for a while now, planning for when we will use it in a few weeks, and as my family has peeked over my shoulder they have become excited about it too! I already mentioned the cooking projects, but my kids can’t wait to learn about some of the “cool” castles and myths, the quirky animals, and famous people. (I know my oldest will thoroughly enjoy looking into Jane Austen’s and C.S. Lewis’ lives.) And, of course we’ll have to watch Pride and Prejudice and the Narnia movies again to go along with our study!
Now for the really fun part–for you! Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett has graciously offered all of my readers a unique code to receive 50% off the combo pack for Passport United Kingdom. Use the code GetUK15 between now and October 15th and you’ll pay only $6.48 for this grand adventure! I heartily recommend this unit study for all ages! And don’t forget to check back later with Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett because Passport France is coming soon!
(I actually bought my copies of Passport United Kingdom before I did this review, so I did not receive a free download in exchange for my review. I just really really like this series, and yes, all the opinions are totally mine!)
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