A common phrase among the Homeschool Crew when discussing review products is "God knew exactly what I needed." We may receive the perfect material to help a struggling learner or it may address a personal passion of one of our kids. That was the case when we downloaded the Map Skills unit study published by Soli Deo Gloria Resources.
My Schnickelfritz has always been fascinated with maps, but recent interstate trips and joining the orienteering club have kicked his enthusiasm into high gear. This made doing a review of the unit study an easy sell. The 32 page ebook contains daily assignments for a 3 week study (based on a 4 day schedule). To get the most out of the study you will need to purchase a separate workbook -- the author recommends selecting the appropriate level from the Weekly Readers series: Map Skills for Today. Other recommended items: a compass, a variety of maps, blank or outline maps, and any additional reading books to reinforce the study.
We didn't use the recommended workbook as we had plenty of other resources (like I said, Fritz has a passion for maps). We gathered amusement park and zoo maps, maps from our orienteering meets, free state maps from rest stops, and checked out the largest atlas possible from the library. Some activities only required a pencil and paper. Others involved taking a walk through the neighborhood or a more energy burning game of compass tag. Fritz did enough activities to earn his Mapping badge for Royal Rangers.
In addition to map skills, the student will look up vocabulary words, practice penmanship with copywork, and learn some grammar mostly through studying Bible verses. The underlying message is the Bible can be a "map" and give direction to our lives.
The study is designed for students K-6. Older students (or those with a passion for maps) will really need to supplement the study with advanced workbooks or other activities. The ebook can be downloaded ($14) at the Soli Deo Gloria website. You can see a sample page there as well. The company also publishes unit studies in the areas of Bible, science, history, and geography--prices range from $12 to $18.
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