Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Expedition Australia

Start up your computer and get ready to visit Australia in Download N Go Expedition Australia, by Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse!

Each day you will visit a different aspect of Australia:
Day 1: Where on Earth is Australia?
Day 2: Some of the Special Places in Australia.
Day 3: A Bit of Australian History.
Day 4: Cool Things to Know About Australia.
Day 5: Fun and Games in Australia.

Your day will consist of geography, word-of-the-day, Australian animal-of-the-day and weather here and there to help your child learn and build their lapbooks.

The Internet is an integral part of this unit study with links to YouTube and other sites, so you may need high speed internet for the videos, but dial-up will be fine for the other sites.

What I Liked: I was excited when I received this unit study. I did not know very much about Australia and I knew my excitement would excite the kids as well.

B (age 6) and C (age 4) were excited each day to learn more about Australia. Since we just do school in the morning took several days to do each “day, so we were able to spend a relaxing time learning and exploring the different links and suggested books we checked out of the library. One thing I learned after a couple of days was to have all the links ready, so that we could easily look through them. Also some of the links were very similar, so I chose the important information that would help us answer the questions.

The word-of-the-day was fun to learn and now we use words like fair dinkum and lolly in our lives.

What I Disliked: The only thing that I did not like with this unit was there was no math. I also wish that I had looked at the entire unit before I printed it out for the kids. I had to print out the pages for the lapbook again, because I originally printed double-sided. Sometimes not all of the links worked, but since the activities repeated themselves I was able to go to the different days to find links that worked.

What B Liked and Disliked: I liked the whole thing. I liked making the lapbook, because we got to use some glue. The YouTube videos were delicious. I liked learning about the poisonous sea snake and saltwater crocodile in the Magic School Bus book, Expedition Down Under. There was nothing I disliked.

What C liked and Disliked: I liked everything we did for Australia. I liked the koala the best.

Age Appeal: Grades K-4th, but I think the whole family will enjoy it

Vendor Information: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC and Amanda Bennett, 2010; e-book, $7.95

Vendor Contact Information: and (Amanda Bennett)

More Download N Go Series Products: Simply Soccer, Ireland, Amelia Earhart and more

Disclaimer: I received this product for free for review purposes.

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