Galloping the Globe

Galloping the Globe

by Loreé Pettit, Dari Mullins
Publisher: Geography Matters
3rd Edition, ©2010, ISBN: 9781931397650
Consumable Workbook, 272 pages
Price: $29.95

This K-4th grade geography-based unit study curriculum can be used from one to three years and is an excellent reference resource as well. Organized by continent and incorporating the student notebook approach, it integrates these eight categories of learning activities:

  • Basic Geography
  • Literature
  • Vocabulary
  • Internet Sources
  • People/History
  • Science
  • Music/Art/Projects
  • Bible

Each lesson is designed to engage the children's hearts and minds through variety and interaction. Activities include word searches, mazes, puzzles, maps, and more. Keeping the notebook serves to encourage creativity as students become acquainted with producing a lasting creation while experiencing hands-on learning. This is a wonderful introduction to world geography using a tried and true method of learning. Most of the literature needed should be available at your local library, but a few resources are recommended for purchase if you plan to complete most of the suggested activities. (Considering God's Creation is the core of the science lessons, for instance.)

The second edition of this book received new page numbering and adjustments to the layout, as well as an alteration to the introduction and some changes to various activities and reference materials.

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  Galloping the Globe
Albanyaloe of South Africa, 10/15/2011
We were very excited to get this book because of the reviews but we were disappointed when we got it. Having created my own unit studies, I am accustomed to putting together information to create unit studies. I think if you are not used to doing unit studies or wanted it "all in one place" this would be okay. Even still, you will have to search for your own books to go with each country. I never found the suggested books at my library, but made do with what I could find related to the country or searched the Internet. I did not really find anything remarkable in this book, that I couldn't have done myself and was a bit disapointed. I also found several errors, though these may have been corrected by now. I stopped using it when I realised that I had adapted it so much that I was doing my own thing again. One recommended resource that goes with this, the Rod and Staff Grade one Social studies book is highly recommended.