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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Geography Matters (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931397651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931397650
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.2 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While it may look like there is a ton of information in this book, it is not overwhelming or intimidating in the least! This course is designed to be done in one to three years. If you plan on touching every continent in one school year, you will not be able to study every country, read every book listed, or do every activity. You choose what you want to cover; usually I determine that by the level of interest my daughter has. If she is really into learning about a specific country, we carry on; if she doesn't seem too interested, we just make a short stop and continue on to the next country. Choose the activities and books that are right for your family and don't think you have to cover it all! The course is laid out in such a way that you can easily read one or two of the books and skip the others - there is no specific way that this course has to be done - just relax and enjoy yourself. I'm confident that you and your kids will love this introduction to world geography! --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

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.

Realizing early that traditional textbooks were not the route she wanted in educating her children, Dari utilized notebooking and the unit study approach. This 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. She remains dedicated to helping homeschool families prosper and delight in learning together.

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Especially love the cd for printable convenience.
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If your child loves science you will have to supplement with additional materials/experiments.
K. Alphs
I would say about half of the book references are Christian or Christian biased.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By K. Alphs on September 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased "Galloping the Globe" because my child wanted to study children in other countries and cultures.
Galloping the Globe is a unit study which is designed to take you around the world in 1-3 years. The unit study is written for Kindgergarten through Fourth Grade. The curriculum is divided into the seven contients and countries within the contients. Each country is divided into the following sections: people/history, general reference books, literature, science, vocabulary, music/art projects, internet resources and the Bible.
The weaknesses of the curriculum are:
1. The curriculum has no set schedule, you will have to create your own.
2. The science section is an introduction to the animal kingdom. 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 sections you would like to cover and what resources to utilize.
2. The cookbook "Eat Your Way Around the World" is an excellant resource for cooking up culinary delights from other cultures.
3. The curriculum is extremely affordable.
4. The section on "Christmas Around the World" gives you an opportunity to celebrate Christmas in the tradition of other countries and cultures.
5. The Yahoo Group which is owned by the author is a great place to meet other families who are utilizing this curriculum.
Additional resources we are utilizing to complete our journey of "around the world in 36 weeks" are: V.M. Hillyer's "A Child's Geography of the World", The Walt Disney/Walden Media version of "Around the World in 80 Days", DK Children Just Like Me, DK Children Just Like Me Celebrations, DK Animal Encyclopedia, and Heaven's Heroes.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on March 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was a big disappointment. While the activities are somewhat amusing, none of them require the purchase of the textbook as coloring-pages, black-line maps, and worksheets can be found online rather easily.

More troubling were the cultural tidbits included in the text. Some are inaccurate, others just odd (why include an obscure tradition that is not widely known or celebrated by the majority of the country's inhabitants when there are far more widespread and important events that could be included?)

I am editing this to provide some examples since some have not found this review to be helpful:

The section on Italy p. 72
1) regarding dining: salad is not served alongside meat. Italians do not eat salad on the same plate as meat, nor is it the same course
2) "scoppio del carro" is translated "explosion of the car" Carro does not mean car and it has never meant car. A "carro" is a cart or wagon. This inaccuracy is more troubling than the sequence of courses in a typical Italian meal.
3) "Gelato is sold on city streets in specially made motorcycle carts". No. Most Gelato is sold in Gelaterie (singular gelateria), which are ice-cream parlors. Some bars (coffee bars) sell ice cream as well. While there are some motorcycle carts, there are far more traditional-style ice-cream trucks like we have here in the states.

These are examples of inaccuracies in one one-page section.

SPecific examples of activities:
1) in the section on Italy, there are star-shaped mazes (since Galileo was an important figure in the study of astronomy).
2) Flag to color
3) "find the twins". Students are supposed to select the identical moons from a group of 6.

I would definitely not recommend this book unless you have personal knowledge of the regions or care to perform extensive quality-control before presenting the information. It is less time consuming to buy a better book to begin with.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Hillcountrynell on August 9, 2008
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I purchased "Galloping the Globe" because I needed a comprehensive guide for teaching world geography to my children, 10, 9, and 7. This has turned out to be an excellent choice. I love the sections on each country which suggest activities, recipes, other supplemental reading and information on holidays in each country. Each month I choose a country to "visit" and go to the library and check out books for each reading level which are suggested in the chapters. Then each child reads one or two books and gives the group a report on their book. I read aloud the chapter from "Galloping the Globe", and we do a suggested activity, watch a movie, or make a recipe from the country. You will also find a fill in map for each country, and a flag to color. I wish there was another book with more countries! I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about other countries.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Reese on November 23, 2008
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This is a great cross curriculum text that is more of a reference book but can be used alone for the lower grades. Useful for grades k-12. It suggests lots of outside reading and activities. Comes with a printable cd rom with good activities for the lower grades.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Homeschoolmom on April 27, 2011
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It is a wonderful book for teaching geography and can easily be adapted for any grade level. THis isn't a worksheet curriculum though,it gives you resources and ideas to teach through literature and exploration. THe cde is a valuable resource because it has multi level pages for each continent. Overall, I love this book and so does my daughter.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Richards on August 21, 2011
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I was going to use this for my first and fourth grader, however this book was a big disappointment. You can easily find country maps to color online and basically any activities that is in this book is readily available online. It also lacks much content- example: China has 11 sentences describing the country, then it has 4 pages of listed books and websites to buy/check out/visit, a flag of China and a blank outline of the country. Asia consists of 5 countries, Europe of 7 countries... really?! One of the books listed to read is How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World. One of the activities is... you guessed it, "bake an apple pie." Maybe if you had a great library and could get a hold of half of the book recommendations it might be worth $5, but I wouldn't pay any more than that. Expect to buy a lot of supplemental books. Mine is going back to where I bought it.
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