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Fun Tool for World Geography AND extra 10% off at Educents!

How to make geography lessons stick - Educents blog

How do you teach world geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labelling, cutting, and pasting? It’s so much fun to imagine all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable World Map can be used in your homeschool. Countries and geographic information are ready for your child to stick right on the map! Check out the YouTube video, below, to see how these maps work (the US map is used to illustrate):

Here are a few world geography activities to try:

      1. Playing “Name That Country” with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify countries and challenge seasoned family members in lightning fast rounds.
      2. Need a little direction? Have your children use the compass to describe where countries are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the world by using the directions on the compass. They’ll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east to west in search of the correct country!
      3. Keep track of where you’ve been (or where you’re going). I love this one! Use the country names to label the countries where you have been.

world geographyWhat a cool tool for your world geography lessons! Don’t miss out on all this time-saving geography tool, so be sure to check out the discounted Peel, Play & Learn sets on the Educents site. Shipping is a flat $25 for any physical product to be sent to Canada.
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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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5 Days of Canadian Social Studies – High School Geography

5 Days of Canadian Social Studies

Canadian Learning Bundle Sale 2017

Welcome to day three of 5 Days of Canadian Social Studies! Today I share some great resources for teaching high school geography in your homeschool.

High School Geography

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Making Connections is a high school geography curriculum suitable for grade nine or ten. The 35 chapters include how to use maps, geology of Canada, culture, economics, and Canada’s global relationships.

high school geographyCanadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts and Figures is a great encyclopedia about Canada. It’s full of photographs, maps, and illustrations from sea to shining sea.

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Have fun reading these amazing stories about Extreme Canadian Weather with your high schooler. Includes tornadoes, droughts, ice storms, floods, and more. For ages 12 and up.

Board games are a great way to enhance your geography and history studies. Check out my article, Board Games in Your Homeschool for some ideas.

For more social studies ideas, check out day one of 5 Days of Canadian Social Studies for elementary history resources for your homeschool, day two for high school history resources, and day three for elementary geography resources.

Be sure to check out more blog series full of Canadiana at:
5 Days of Canadiana Roundup.

What are your favourite resources for teaching high school geography in your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below!

 

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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5 Days of Canadian Social Studies – Elementary Geography

5 Days of Canadian Social Studies

 

Welcome to day three of the 5 Days of Canadian Social Studies! Today I will show you a few great resources for teaching elementary geography in your homeschool.

Elementary Geography

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Start by exploring the Canada Cool Map with your kids. Canada Cool is a website for kids to explore Canada and the fun facts that make it “cool”.

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Canada, My Country is a great homeschool read aloud. It covers Canada’s physical regions, maps, symbols, and more. Lessons include fun stories and games!

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Another terrific book for geography by Donna Ward is Geography, Province to Province. It includes 58 self-guided lessons with maps and reproducibles.

Check out day one of 5 Days of Canadian Social Studies for elementary history resources for your homeschool and day two for high school history resources.

Check out more blog series full of Canadiana at:
5 Days of Canadiana Roundup.

 

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Knowledge Quest E-book Sale – 50% off til Sept 30!

50% off on great e-books like…

  • Expedition Earth – only $14.98
  • O Canada! (great book to learn about Canada, even if your children ARE Canadian!) – only $7.48
  • Map-Trek – each title is just $7.48!
  • What Really Happened – each title is just $6.48!
  • and more!

I love Knowledge Quest’s books.  Take advantage of this fantastic sale, HERE!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Griddly Games – Civilize This! – Review

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Griddly Games has games for all ages.  Their philosophy is “to offer games that encourage social interation, learning, strategy and challenges that anyone can enjoy.”  Sounds like a match made in heaven for homeschoolers like me!  We are huge fans of boardgames in our home and homeschool.  We were delighted to receive Civilize This! in exchange for an honest review 🙂

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As soon as I received Civilize This! I was immediately impressed by its quality.  The box is sturdy, and even has a strong magnetic closure.  The cards and die each have their own storage space, and the cards are sturdy and easy to read.  Rules are printed right on the box (no rule sheet to misplace!).  We opened it right up in our car after picking it up at the post office, and started playing it immediately.  My 7 year old daughter walked us through the rules and rolled the die when it was my turn (as I was driving).

Game play is simple.  There are 4 different Card categories: Wise Alec, Ancient, Medieval, and Modern.

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Players role the die and the corresponding card is read.  Wise Alec cards include fun, often physical activities which gain points.  Ancient, Medieval, and Modern cards each include one question worth 3 points and one question worth 7 points.  The 3 pointers are easier, and my 7 year old was able to answer them, while my 12 year old preferred the challenge of the 7 point questions.  Two possible modes of playing are included: a timed game, i.e. the one with the most points in 20 minutes wins, OR a high points game, i.e. the first to reach 50 points wins.  There are other suggested variations, of which my 7 year old loved the suggestion that younger sister only needs 25 points to win, while older brother needs 50, and adults need 75 🙂

This game will be played again and again in our home, just for fun and as a supplement to our history and geography studies.  It is recommended for ages 8 and up, but my 7 year old loved it.  2-4 players are recommended, but you could easily play with a big group in teams.  Civilize This! can be used as a stand-alone travel-sized game, OR as an expansion set to the Wise Alec Family Trivia Game.  We’re putting the full trivia game on our wish list!

You can view the rules and a video on game play HERE.  Ask for Civilize This! at your local game or toy store, OR check out Griddly Games’ Where to Buy List.

To see what other members of the TOS Crew thought about Civilize This! AND Nature Nuts (another travel game/expansion set available), click below:

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Wonder Maps – Review

Bright Ideas Press LogoBright Ideas Press offers History, Geography and Science homeschool curricula.  I received their WonderMaps computer program in exchange for an honest review 🙂

WonderMaps is wonder-ful!  We love maps and globes in this house already, and WonderMaps makes it so easy to incorporate Geography into what you are learning in your homeschool.  Over 350 maps that you can customize!  AND we were able to install it on TWO computers.

With just a click of the mouse, you can select or de-select:

  • historical or modern-day maps
  • outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
  • black-and-white or color maps
  • features including:  names, borders, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules

So a map of Australia that appears like this:

Can be changed to this:

And printed out, ready for your student to label and colour 🙂

Here is the menu for thematic maps.  Of particular interest for our family are the World Wars maps, as my husband and son love to play board games together set during these wars, and love to learn about them.

Historical maps are divided up into the Classical method of homeschooling four-year cycle.  These have been especially handy in our classically-minded homeschool.  Also included are Biblical maps.

 

AND if you happen to use The Mystery of History or All American History curricula, EVERY map you need for each book is included in this program.

We will be using these maps in our homeschool all the way through high school, for many years to come!

To learn more about how WonderMaps works, you can view the video Youtube tutorial:

WonderMaps is just $49.95 US for either the download only OR the download/CD combo (plus shipping) and is available for Mac or PC (just be sure that your Adobe Reader is at least version 9.1).  If you subscribe to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, check out your Spring 2011 issue for a 20% off coupon code!  And since The Schoolhouse Expo is on this week, don’t forget to visit the Bright Ideas Press Vendor Booth for a 15% off your entire order code!

 Love, Luck &

Laughter,

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BigIQkids – Review

My children LOVE BigIQkids!  My daughter loves BigIQkids so much that she wakes up in the morning, hops out of bed, and makes a beeline to the computer 🙂

BigIQkids is an e-learning site for children in grades K-8 (whether homeschooled or not), which we received free in exchange for an honest review.  The subjects available are Spelling, Math, Vocabulary, and U.S. Geography.  It was very easy to set up, and I like that I could set up which grade level my children are at for EACH subject, and how many questions they are given for each lesson.  Once the premium account is set up, children can customize and dress up their very own onscreen “buddy” however they like.  My daughter in particular loved dressing up hers.  Also customizable is the spelling program, for which you can input any spelling words from any curriculum!

Children can work completely on their own – an animated character speaks aloud to them (in a somewhat mechanical voice).  One item of note – their mouths actually move phonetically – what great attention to detail, and potentially helpful for children with special needs.  Another reason children are able to work on their own on BigIQkids is that the parent can keep tabs on their progress through email notifications each time the children complete something or master something, and even if they got everything right, or which areas they had trouble with, which spelling words were spelled incorrectly and how.  A few times, I’ve been at the other end of the house while my two children worked for hours on BigIQkids and my iPod kept “binging” with email messages from BigIQkids, LOL.  They love to work on their BigIQkids at the same time – one on the laptop, one on the PC.  My 7 year old challenges my 12 year old to do a lesson at the same time as her “Ready, set, go!”

With the completion of each lesson in each subject, the child gets a “coin” to spend in the arcade.  The arcade has over 35 educational and strategic games to choose from.  You as a parent can set the coins to be able to be used right after they are earned, or just for weekends if you wish.  My children’s favourites are Dress Up 2, CivilBalls, Sandwich Maker, and Icicle.  I will warn you, Icicle is a very bizarre game, (it involves a naked cartoon character on a bicycle, of which you can’t see anything inappropriate of course) but my children love it and I can see why – it really makes them use their problem-solving skills and it’s a very challenging game.  My daughter gets so excited when she gets in the “100% Club” by doing quizzes and gets access to an “extra special game” not usually available in the arcade.  You should have seen my son work hard taking a Quiz over and over again until he got it perfect so he could get in the “100% Club” too 🙂  I asked them both which was their favourite subject on BigIQkids and they each answered, “math” – they actually enjoy the math drills!  Even though we’re Canadian, we like to spend time learning about our U.S. neighbours to the south, and the U.S. Geography is a great way to review what we’ve learned.

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If you like the sound of this program, go ahead and sign up for a free account now.  From the main page of the website, click on any of the programs you would like to try, i.e. spelling and then click on “Not a Member? Create a Free Account!” Just fill out the information to register.  You can also access quite a bit of the website without registering if you like.  If you love the free account and want more, you can try the Premium account free for 7 days.  For Premium Accounts, you can choose the entire program, including Spelling, Math, Vocabulary, and U.S. Geography, OR you can choose one, or more than one part “a la carte”.  Prices range from as low as $3.33 US per month for one subject, to as low as $8.88 US a month for the entire Premium program.  To see a full list of pricing options, click HERE.  I LOVE how affordable this program is!  There is a price point for every budget 🙂  Here is a video explaining the difference between Free and Premium Accounts:

To see how other families in the TOS Crew liked BigIQkids, click below:

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

 

 

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Freebie & Special Pre-Sale on Expedition Earth

Expedition Earth: My Passport to the World (hardcover+CD-ROM edition) by Cindy Horton is 25% off this weekend for the pre-publication special.  Plus the first 250 orders will include a National Geographic World Explorer wall map.

Download this fantastic 28-page sampler to see what is included within its pages.  Included is a 2-week Lesson Plan sample. http://www.knowledgequestmaps.com/Expedition-Earth.html
The ebook version is also available at a discount, plus you save on shipping AND get it today.  The ebook version includes everything in the hardcover book and on the accompanying CD-ROM. Printed books will ship in about 7-10 days.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

 

 

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Travel the World! – June Schoolhouse Planner Module – Review

Travel the World! is the June Schoolhouse Planner Module.  I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review 🙂

These TOS Modules were designed as a supplement for The Schoolhouse Planner, however each one also works as a stand-alone unit study.  Travel the World! requires very little teacher preparation, so you can just dive right in!  As with previous Modules, there is something for everyone in this e-book.  This is true even more-so now that a “High School Supplement” is included.  This would be a terrific e-book to start off your school-year with, either as an introduction to world geography, or as a review for your children.  In fact, that’s what we’re going to be doing in September ourselves.  This 56-page e-book includes descriptions and definitions on the globe, maps, continents, and everything in between.  You will find word games and puzzles, an acrostic poem to compose, colouring pages, maps to label, copywork, and lapbooking pages.  And don’t forget all the fantastic links provided for further study!  And for Mom, two delicious recipes, one of which is for the crock pot, which is invaluable during the summer months.  I can’t think of a thing that’s missing.

Travel the World is available for download for $7.95 at The Schoolhouse Store.    To read more reviews on this e-book, go to The Homeschool Crew Blog.  You can also read some of my past reviews on The Schoolhouse Planner and Planner Modules:

Let’s Be Scientists!

Amusing Mathematics

The Schoolhouse Planner

Love, Luck &
Laughter,


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Free Downloadable Learning Games & Resources!

A big thank you to my fellow TOS Crew-mate, Shannon!  She steered me toward this Educational Freeware Page.  Here you will find links to download programs that will help your children learn languages, including Mandarin, German, French, Spanish, and Swedish ( such as a Tetris-style game), Geography software that will help you learn flags, countries, etc., and games for learning numbers, letters, simple math and reading!  And if you have toddlers too, there are some multi-lingual games for them as well.  Enjoy!