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I'm pretty dissapointed in Expedition Earth (Knowledge Quest).


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#1 AimeeM

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:28 PM

I'm not sure what I was expecting - but not this. It's essentially an overpriced atlas with printable flash cards and a quiz at the end of each continent. The outline maps aren't great quality, and other than there are internet links - nothing I couldn't get myself from the internet (for free).

 

Just had to say it. No big deal - it was cheap enough (although, imo, too pricey for what it is) that it isn't a huge loss, but I really don't want to start from scratch with something else.

 

*sigh*


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:43 PM

Shopping for geography is very discouraging. I mostly teach with bits of vintage books and handwritten worksheets, because I can't find anything for sale that I like better.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:49 PM

Shopping for geography is very discouraging. I mostly teach with bits of vintage books and handwritten worksheets, because I can't find anything for sale that I like better.

 

Yeah - she hates vintage and she isn't a literature approach kind of gal (I, on the other hand, love vintage and would have loved a lit based approach as a kid, lol). It does seem like finding a decent geography is a thorn in my side. Blech.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 05:52 PM

Yeah - she hates vintage and she isn't a literature approach kind of gal (I, on the other hand, love vintage and would have loved a lit based approach as a kid, lol). It does seem like finding a decent geography is a thorn in my side. Blech.

 

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:14 PM

How about Expedition Earth from Confessions of a Homeschooler? Her blog is filled with posts on her units, so you can get a good feel before you buy. I believe it is $15 for the download, I am impressed with it.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:34 PM

Ugh! Hate it when a program doesn't live up to expectations.

I think we're going to use the Shepard's online program (the correct name of which completely escapes me right now) and one of MP's geography programs.
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:13 PM

How about Expedition Earth from Confessions of a Homeschooler? Her blog is filled with posts on her units, so you can get a good feel before you buy. I believe it is $15 for the download, I am impressed with it.

 

I've *heard* that it's very... oh, what's the word... difficult to implement fully? And it did seem pretty dependent on literature - or am I thinking of the wrong program? This particular kiddo cannot handle having a ton of resources.

 

 

I keep looking at MP's program, but it doesn't look much more comprehensive than what I have.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 09:37 PM

Oh, bummer, if I had seen you post about it I would have told you I got it as a freebie then decided that it wasn't even worth the space it took up on my hard drive....delete. Sorry you were so disappointed. *hugs*.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 09:43 PM

I feel this pain.

 

There are many different ways to approach geog and I don't have the best way for us yet. (Pair it with history, or science, or lit or do stand alone . . )

 

This is an area that we need better materials for.

 

Have you looked at Evan Moor Geog? They have Daily Geog Practice, as well as regional books you can find at various online stores, or take it to your seat workbooks. And it's not lit based.

 

After printing off COAH's program, and not really using it. And then trying to do it on my own from the net, I think the EM books now look better to me than I originally thought they were.

 

But I too am still searching. :closedeyes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 05:28 AM

I gave my dd10 the option of dropping MP's geography bc I didn't think much of it, but she refused and wants to do it because she is learning a ton and she finds it interesting and enjoyable. She loves it. So there ya go.
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Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:44 AM

I gave my dd10 the option of dropping MP's geography bc I didn't think much of it, but she refused and wants to do it because she is learning a ton and she finds it interesting and enjoyable. She loves it. So there ya go.

 

 

Good to hear.  We have MP geography lined up for next year.  I doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but the samples do look "interesting and enjoyable".  :)



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 05:44 PM

My favorite way to do geography is through current events. It is easy and has the enormous benefit of slowly but surely preparing kids for real life as informed citizens. I love doing it this way, and it is quickly becoming our favorite subject. I find myself wondering why no one ever seems to talk about studying geography this way.

 

 


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 06:47 PM

Is Beautiful Feet not an option?



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 07:54 PM

Is Beautiful Feet not an option?

 

No. It's pretty protestant from what I've seen (although I haven't looked at the geography, so there's that) - we really prefer Catholic or secular.



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 05:17 AM

Have you considered Creek Edge Press Geography Task Cards?

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:44 AM

Have you considered Creek Edge Press Geography Task Cards?

 

I did. She really needs a book - she hates working from primarily the internet or using tons of different books as resources.



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:57 AM

Bright Ideas Press is coming out with a Geography curriculum.  It is a year long course for Jr High and High School kids but might be able to be adapted for older elementary age kids.  They have a sample up that can be downloaded, and they are always happy to answer questions.  It will be available in both hardcover and digital versions.  I can't say anything about it as I haven't used it yet, just wanted to put it out there since you don't seem to be able to find anything to your liking.