Around the World in 180 Days

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Indian Summer

  • Reviewed on Saturday, January 28, 2012
  • Grades Used: Nm
  • Dates used: Nm
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amtmcm

  • Reviewed on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
  • Grades Used: 7th
  • Dates used: 2008
Overall, I loved this curriculum and my daughter did not. As a new homeschooling parent, I discovered my daughter does not enjoy research. This book is very well organized with thought provoking questions and covering many interesting topics around geography (what is the Ring of Fire); history (what was the Golden Age in China); religion and culture. My daughter was not ready to work independently on this type of research and though this is intended for multiple ages, I think most younger children would need a lot of parental guidance and instruction. A high school student could use this to learn excellent research skills.

Pros: Well organized, answers are provided, excellent tool for teaching research skills to an older (high school) student, could be used with younger students working closely with parent or maybe working as a group.

Cons: Totally research driven - this was a con for us, but maybe not your child.

Tracy

  • Reviewed on Saturday, September 21, 2002
  • Grades Used: elementary - high school
  • Dates used: just started using it
This seems to be a very nice program.
We are fairly new into using it. It is designed for many ages and you can work with all of your children at one time with it. It is called, A mulit-grade guide for the study of World History and Cultures. I believe this is more
specifically supposed to be history but I think we will use it more for geography. It uses a notebook approach to study geography, history, culture and current events of all seven continents. It comes with a nice 175+ page parent/teacher book that gives all the answers and everything you need to teach the lessons. The student books are really pages that are 3-hole punched. We put these in a nice binder. My oldest child began this a few months ago at the age of 9.

Here is an example of the first continent: Africa. It begins by listing resources:
~ Text books (4 are listed with their titles and authors and grade levels)
~ Books of interest (again, listed by grade level, title and author. There are 9 listed for Africa)
~ Missionaries to read about (5 names listed)
~ Other people to read about (cleopatra, king tut and two Pharoahs)

The first section to study for Africa is Geography. There are 6 places to identify (like the largest desert, the longest river, etc). Next come 10 words to define (such as savanna, wadi, plateau, etc). You are encouraged to use encycopedias, textbooks, and/or library books to find all of your answers (answers are provided in the parents book). Next comes 12 geograpyhy
questions (some are marked for high school students or upper elementary).
Example questions are: Describe the climate of Egypt. List several of Africa's natural resources. What is the source of the Nile River? etc. Then comes a map activity. You are to trace a map of Africa and label 40 countries;
12 rivers, lakes, mountains and seas;
3 islands; 5 additional places (Cape of
Good Hope, etc); 5 cities. Then comes a page and a half of geography activity suggestions.

The next Africa section is History. You begin by defining 5 words (such as hieroglyphics, mummification, etc). 7 study questions: Why did the Egyptians build pyramids? Etc. This is followed by 6 additional suggestions for further research (such as finding out who the one female pharoah was). Next is ancient and colonial history: 8 terms
(such as clan, abolition, etc) followed by 22 study questions labeled either upper elementary, junior high etc).

Next section is Religion. 3 terms to define (polytheism, etc). 8 study questions (what did the ancient Egyptians believe happened to them after they died?). The end of this section contains 4 additional suggestions such as: write a letter to a missionary in Africa.

The last section of Africa is Culture. 1 term (Swahili). 7 study questions (what were talking drums? etc).

That's the end of Africa. You have 6 more continents to study!

I like that this book gives you questions for your child to actually do research to find the answers. The research is in any kind of book they can find the answer to it (as opposed to one text book with all the answers in the text). You can easily do all the easy questions and later (another year or so later) come back and expand on what is in the notebook and do the harder questions. If you want something secular, you can easily skip each section devoted to religion (or you can also use that section to specifically study your own beliefs in that continent).

I know this review was long but I hope you get an idea what the program is like by reading this. I recommend Around the World in 180 Days!