Today is one of those times. A few weeks ago I received an email from Timberdoodle Company asking if I would be interested in reviewing their Geography curriculum by Evan-Moor. Well, since I plan to teach geography this fall I hopped on the opportunity!!
Beginning Geography (Grades K-2), published by Evan-Moor.
Beginning Geography is exactly what it says - basic concepts for map skills, landforms & bodies of water, and continents & oceans.
My kindergartner and second grader had no trouble completing the worksheets for the map skills. Both boys love pouring over maps and finding airports, cities and other special sites so these worksheets provided reinforcement for skills they are already developing.
I am most excited about the third section - continents and oceans. There are reproducible maps of each continent as well as all seven continents together. I think my boys will enjoy using these worksheets as we learn about world geography.
Daily Geography Practice Grade 3, published by Evan-Moor.
Daily Geography Practice workbooks are based on National Geography Standards. The book is broken down into 36 weeks of instruction with each week focused on a different standard. A mini-lesson plan and answer key is given for each week. Students are expected to answer 2 questions each day for a week as part of the lesson.
Honestly, national standards don't concern me. Our state does not require testing. At this early stage of their education, I'm more focused on growing my children's interest in the world around them than I am that they be able to keep up with other children in their grades. However, I realize that some find the national standards reassuring and an easy guideline for what to teach and when.
I do believe Daily Geography is useful but I don't see me using it the way it's intended. Answering just 2 questions each day would frustrate my children. Also, I don't see us using this as our sole geography curriculum but instead as reinforcement with other products.
Daily Geography covers 2 basic elements - map skills and the United States. I am most excited about the United States segment. Not all of the States are included but those that are show interesting maps and information. Like Beginning Geography this book is also reproducible and contains transparencies for all of the maps (not a feature that I need but would be useful for classroom teachers).
Overall I recommend this curriculum for home schoolers looking to supplement their other curriculum with worksheets and maps.
I also recommend it for public school teachers looking for supplements for their classrooms and for parents of public school kids looking for fun and educational activities at home.
Disclosure: Thank you to Timberdoodle Company for the free copies of these two books to aid in my review. The opinions expressed are my own and not of Timberdoodle Co. or anyone else.