Feb 23, 2010

Expedition Australia

As I mentioned in my last post, we were given a free download of two of This Old Schoolhouse's products to review. I said we were pleasantly surprised at how good I Wanna Be A Firefighter was. Well, I was blown away at how awesome Expedition Australia was from Download N Go. It is a unit study on Australia (of course) that is supposed to last a week. It is, as the name implies, an instant download that you can use right away. It comes with everything you need except for basic school supplies: glue, paper, a file folder, a brad or two. Although it does have suggestions for books that you can purchase or find at your library to go along with the study. I found most of their suggestions at my library and my library never has books that I see online. The ebook is 103 pages that are packed with information. And at the end of the unit, you have a lapbook to show off what you have learned. If you are new to lapbooking, there are even links to show you the concept of a lapbook and to give you ideas for the project. And as a special bonus, there is a footnote that explains how to hide comments on youtube videos!
Now, we have been "going around the world" this year with a homemade curriculum that I am putting together myself, so I know how much work it can be to scour the Internet for ideas, videos, activities, and coloring pages. I have often spent a week or two pulling together resources, but I have never managed anything like the array offered in Expedition Australia. I was truly blown away by the links to videos, maps, dictionaries, online magazines and encyclopedia-like entries. There is so much there, that, even though we are not doing it all, it is taking us two weeks to work our way through it. And we are enjoying every minute of it. The price of $7.95 is well worth not having to spend the time doing the research myself.
I love the fact that it is already sorted out into daily lessons. So truly, all I have to do is sit them down in front of the computer and work our way through it. All of the links are in the proper places in the lesson so we can just click as we go.
But the part I loved the most was that for the lapbook elements, which were at the end of the document, there was a link in the lesson that you could click that would take you straight to that element, then there was a link on that page that takes you straight back to that part of the lesson. So there is no scrolling, no getting lost, no hunting back and forth for what you need to do next.
I could find no "target age" for Expedition Australia, but my six and seven year olds are able to get a lot out of the material. They love the videos of the animals, enjoy the informative links, have learned all about koalas, kangaroos, and wombats (just to name a few) and are talking like Aussies all day long. I have not yet found a thing that was over their heads. Yet there is a lot of information, especially about the animals, that I am learning for the first time.
I have been raving to my husband about this study ever since I first looked at it and he keeps asking me, "Are there no negatives at all?" But the best I can come up with is that one of the printables for the lapbook is slightly crooked.
I heartily recommend this unit study to anyone and I will definitely be buying other Download N Go products myself. I have my eye on George Washington, and Ireland, and Mexico and...

4 comments:

One More Equals Four said...

You've really got to stop giving me all these ideas! $7.95 and $8.95 start to add up after awhile!

Just kidding, thanks for the review!

Jeanne said...

So can we send you some real stuff from Oz to help with the experience? Kaytie might love to receive a package from Australia from Jemimah, I'm thinking...

Jeanne said...

PS did Kaytie get Jemimah's email last week or were the attachments too big to get through? If not I'll send again...

Spesamor Academy said...

But this one is really really worth the money!
Jeanne, we would be thrilled! I'll send you our address via email. :)
We did get it. She was pleased with the pictures, especially since they helped her win an argument with her brother about what a "flying fox" is.

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