Archive for March 22nd, 2010

REVIEW: Expedition Australia

Expedition Australia

I was recently asked to review one of Amanda Bennett’s Download N Go studies, Expedition Australia, as part of the try-out process for the TOS Homeschool Crew. What a great study! We enjoyed learning all about Australia – from natural wonders to geography to animals. My kids have all been fascinated by Australia since we learned that it’s on the other side of the world and has its seasons opposite of us. :) Imagine Christmas in the summer!

Expedition Australia is one of the books in the ever-expanding Download N Go series by Amanda Bennett. This particular study is appropriate for K-4th grade, and is meant to be completed over five days. The completed study yields a themed notebook and a lapbook of your completed study. What I love about the study is that you don’t need any other resources or supplies, except those necessary for putting the lapbook together: file folder, glue, etc. Also, next to no teacher prep time! What a bonus!

Links to all the information you need are included in the book, links to maps, videos, vocabulary resources. For older students, the links make it completely interactive; no teacher instruction is necessary. The links are key to the study, but they are also the part that gave me the most pause. Some of the links didn’t work for us, which is par for the course when it comes to the Internet. Luckily, there were plenty of links that did work, so we still had a complete study.

Also included in the study are lapbooking components for each day, vocabulary activities, science, history, and geography activities, extra learning links, and book suggestions for each day. Once the kids complete the study, they are awarded a Certificate of Exploration, included for you to print. My kids enjoyed being awarded the certificate.

Each day of the study has a particular focus, and each day we learned something new. We compared the weather here to that in Australia each day over the course of the study. We learned about Koala Bears – did you know they aren’t bears? They are marsupials! We learned about the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Victoria Desert. We learned how to locate Australia on a map. We learned how Australia came to be settled by Europeans. We even learned how to speak in Australian terms like lollies and fair dinkum.

My kids and I had a fair dinkum to goodness good time learning all about Down Under. We highly recommend this study!

Expedition Australia is an e-book in the Download N Go series available from Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse store. Each book in the series is a complete 5 day unit study and is reasonably priced at $7.95.

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