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Cantering the Country Paperback – January 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Geography Matters (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931397333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931397339
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each state chapter has information about the state, interesting facts, general reference, and then it is broken down into subjects. You are given books for each subject to further your study. You are not expected to use all the books, but to choose what you would like or have available in the library or personal collection to complete the study. The lesson is completed with a list of activities to go along with the study of the state. There are no lesson plans provided. Some suggestion are given in the introduction on how to do the study, however, how you decide to go about it is up to the parent-teacher.

This unit study is a fun curriculum you can use with multiple grades at one time. This would make fun family time together, whether used as a supplement or as a complete study. You can choose from the many fun activities included. This study might require some extra work on the mom's part to prepare, but you will cover a broad range of subjects at one time. The notebooks you create will build lasting memories for your child. --Eclectic Homeschool Online

About the Author

Dari Mullins, author and motivational speaker, has been homeschooling her three teenagers for over ten years. She fell in love with history and geography when she began researching home education in 1995. Dari and her husband, Allen, have taught their children at home since the oldest started kindergarten in 1997. A passion for non-traditional methods led her to write curriculum for her own family and eventually teaming up with Loree Pettit to write Galloping the Globe and Cantering the Country.

Dari and her family currently live in Asheville, NC where she teaches several classes and stays active with the local homeschool community.

Loree' Pettit is a wife and homeschooling mother of three children. In 2001, she translated an interest in traveling and geography into a geography-based unit study for her children. The unit study become Galloping the Globe, and was followed by Eat Your Way Through the USA and Cantering the Country.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Alphs on May 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Cantering the Country" is a unit study curriculum for children in Grades 1-6 which introduces students to the fifty states and The District of Columbia. The unit study is divided into the following categories: geography, history and biographies, science, literature, language arts, Bible, activities, and internet resources.Included with the teacher's guide is an activities cd-rom which contains printables, activities and maps.
The weaknesses of this curriculum are:
1. The curriculum has no set schedule, you will have to create your own.
2. The science section focuses on the animal, flower and tree for each state along with science topics related to each state. If your child loves science you will have to supplement with additional materials/experiments.
The strengths of this curriculum are:
1. There is a wealth of information in this unit study, which can be a bit overwhelming at first. However you can pick and choose what you would like to cover and what resources to utilize.
3. The curriculum is extremely affordable.
4. The Yahoo Group which is owned by the author is a great place to meet other families who are utilizing this curriculum.
To round out your year of cantering I would recommend the following resources: How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by Marjorie Priceman, Eat Your Way Across the USA cookbook by Loree' Pettit, Atlas of the United States by David Rubel, Geography from A to Z by Jack Knowlton, Earth Science for Every Kid by Janice Van Cleave, and In God We Trust by Timothy Crater (This book is still being printed by "My Father's World" homeschooling curriculum company.), The Rainbow Book of American History by Earl Schenck Miers with illustrations by James Daugherty, The Children's Book of America and The Children's Book of Heroes both by William J. Bennett.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Reese on November 23, 2008
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This is a good cross curriculum reference book. It is not a complete text in itself, but suggests outside reading and activities. It is useful for all grades and can be used over and over to expand the curriculum as children advance in grades k-12
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.M. on August 18, 2014
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If you need a book to tell you that there are 50 states in our country and their names, then by all means buy the book, otherwise save your money.
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