Learning geography is always more fun when there are hands-on projects that allow learners to experience the countries and cultures that they’re learning about. My younger girls and I have been traveling around the world this year studying geography and the cultures of the people who live in the countries that we study. So I was happy to have the opportunity to review Map Travelers, a unit study style geography curriculum.
Map Travelers is a twenty-one week geography and cultures curriculum. The curriculum is a unit study based curriculum with suggested reading, suggested movies, notebooking pages, and hands-on projects and crafts. It can be used with multiple ages, so it makes a nice family unit study. The variety of activities provides something for every learning style, which also makes it a good fit for most of the children in the family.
At the beginning of the curriculum are some instructions for use and a clickable menu. The menu shows one week of activities for an overview of
the world, and then each week covers a continent or world area. Some continents only have a week. Some have multiple weeks. Clicking on the week’s link takes you to a schedule grid for that week.
As emphasized in a “how to use this” guide at the beginning of the curriculum, these schedules are flexible. There is work scheduled for four days of the week. The work is divided into categories- Country; Project; Recipes; Movies; and Creative. Under each category are ideas suggested for the days of the week. When a project is given, instructions for completing the project are below. Occasionally there are outside links to find instructions or printables.
There is a list of suggested reading for each week’s continent or area. There is also a passport file. This can be printed, and the child can stamp or sticker it as they “travel” to various country. At the end of the curriculum file, there are printable notebooking pages that go with various countries of study and there are printable tickets to place on the pages as the students “travel” to various countries.
My thoughts about Map Travelers:
- I love unit studies that are designed for the whole family to use. We’ve always enjoyed doing these together.
- It is very nice to have notebooking pages so that the children will have a nice completed project at the end. I think notebooks and lapbooks are an excellent way for the child to be able to look back and see what they’ve learned.
- The curriculum is extremely flexible. Although there is a general schedule for each week, this can be easily adapted to use however you like. Right now, I’m using it as a supplement to the geography curriculum we already had. It’s great for this because I can look up the continent or country we’re studying and find other great activity or reading ideas or find notebooking pages to add to our study. It could also be used as a stand alone curriculum. The activities for each week aren’t very time consuming, so you could either take the days as they are scheduled or you could consolidate your geography study into one or two days of the week.
- I like that there are reading and movie suggestions for the weekly studies. The book suggestions are divided by fiction and nonfiction. I wish there were some grade recommendations for them, so that I could have an idea without having to click on each to see the book (links to Amazon, so you can read details or purchase there).
Map Travelers is a good, flexible geography curriculum that offers reading, notebooking, and hands-on activities. It can be used as a whole family study or with one child or group of children. It’s reasonably priced , and there are options to purchase single continent studies or purchase the whole thing on CD- instead of a digital download. This makes it a good choice for a family geography curriculum.
Curriculum– Map Travelers geography curriculum (available as digital download or CD)
Price- $19.95 for full digital download (other options available)
Age recommendation– Any ages
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