Thursday, September 5, 2013

Geography: A Child's Geography Volume III (Review)

About A Child's Geography Volume III:

Knowledge Quest Maps provides resources that will assist students in connecting History with Geography and become inspired by individuals from the past. One of the e books that Knowledge Quest Maps offers is Explore the Classical World A Child's Geography Volume III  This "living book" is designed for children in grades 1-6 ,however, the volume may also be used with students in middle school. In this book, students will study about ancient civilization and the great empires left behind. Students will "hear the stories passed down from generation to generation, before the advent of paper and printing presses." As they continue through the book, the students will explore 12 countries- Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, San Marino, the Vatican and Malta - situated around the Mediterranean Sea. They will also study about Socrates, Alexander the Great, and the Apostle Paul to name a few. You may download Chapters 1-3 and try them for yourself.

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Our Homeschool Experience:

Having my 7 year old learn about Geography and History is really important to me. Learning about Geography will help her better understand how God created the Earth. And the study of History will solidify the fact that God was involved from the very beginning of time. A Child's Geography gave my daughter a desire to learn about His people and their culture. 

Since we had already studied about Macedonia, I decided to complete chapter 4 " Macedonia: A Land Older Still" as a review. My daughter and I talked about Alexander the Great and why he was considered "great". We also discussed Alexander the Great's death and about his empire being divided and how this caused many issues between the countries. We also talked about the apostle Paul and how he traveled to Macedonia and changed the world. 

"Skopje is the largest city in Macedonia and also its capital.On a hill high above the city is Skopje Fortress.It was built 1,500 years ago during the Byzantine Empire." Since we are currently learning about the Byzantine Empire and the Emperor Justinian, it was really easy to add this lesson to what we were already learning. My daughter made the Skopje's flag. She drew the Vardar River, the fortress, and the Stone Bridge. These three symbols represent the city and the history of Skopje.

Skopje Flag
I loved the timeline, mapping activities, the Bible verses, and the examples of delicious food from each country. I just wished there would of been actual recipes to make. I really believe this would of been a fun activity to do with my 7 year old. She loves to cook. The vocabulary words (in bold) and their definitions also helped my daughter understand the lesson. For example, she learned what the words land locked and endemic mean. We loved looking at the photo of Lake Ohrid. The questions that were written during the story made it very interesting for my daughter to read the lesson. Also the questions at the end of the lesson helped her to comprehend what she had just learned about. We really enjoyed going through the e book A Child's Geography and we would recommend it. 

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