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Galloping the Globe w/CD Paperback – June 1, 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
That being said, the book is nicely sectioned, thorough, and helps me organize our geography lessons. There is a LOT of supplemental material that you will be responsible for finding (they don't supply any of it. It's just a long list at the beginning of every country.) There are some very remedial worksheets that come with the book (also available on a CD) but most of the activities will have to be formulated by you.
I would give it more stars if the CD was extra worksheets, if some of the supplemental material was provided for the cost, and if there were more History assignments included. For the cost though, I think this book functions only as a way to organize my lessons... so in that sense I think it's too expensive.
I don't regret the purchase though, because I haven't found anything better for breaking down Geography curriculum that includes all the continents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book for my 2nd & 4th grade sons. I homeschool and was in the process of making state notebooks for each of them. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
A book full of very useful reference material and I can see it being extremely useful for many years as we home school our grandson.Published 20 months ago by Janette M. Perrett
Haven't used it yet, but looks like a fun resource! Presents different topics, books, etc. and you get to choose the how and when!Published 20 months ago by Kristina
A really fun way to introduce your children to the world! You will need to purchase some books to go along with this. Read morePublished 20 months ago by piglet fan
This book was exactly what I was expecting. If you don't have a library nearby it would be tough to affordably use this curriculum. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by S. A. Spaeth
Love how simple this is to implement in our homeschool. Especially love the cd for printable convenience. Just wish the cd included a cute notebook cover!Published on August 30, 2013 by Slackermom
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... Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by MJ Richards
I'm very pleased with this product! It has a lot of great facts and worksheets about each country it covers, which is ALOT! Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer