Review of Geography for Kids: Drawing the USA
OVERALL RATING: 3 Stars
UPDATE: I just received the hard bound perfect print binding of this curriculum to review. When I initially paged through it, I realized that many of the pages are the same blank map for tracing or drawing. It seems as though it's designed to be more of a workbook for a child to draw directly into, rather than photo copy the pages from. However, it's been my experience that spiral or comb binding works much better for students to work with, as the pages lay flat on the table, rather then have to compete with the natural curve that a "perfect" bound book wants to keep. Additionally, if you have more than one student, the e-book would better suit your family, so that you can print clean copies and spiral/comb bind them yourself. This perfect bound book would be difficult to make a clean photocopy the sheets. I also noticed that the maps in the perfect bound book face opposite one another, so if you were to make your own workbook using the e-book, I would recommend binding the map sheets so that they are facing the same direction. I believe this would help students to potentially use one map as a reference while working on another.
|My daughter's (5)completed tracing and labeling.|
- I like the practice of tracing each state to help students learn their shape and relative position to each other. However, you could do this by providing your students with tracing paper and a map.
- While we didn't do any timed drills, as recommended, I believe this would be a useful activity to do using a blank map. I picked up a wipe off US map, that includes each state abbreviation on top and lines for labeling the smaller states, from the dollar-spot at Target. I plan to have my students use this wipe off map for this type of activity.
- Students learn how to research information about each state.
- The option to print and spiral bind the sheets to make a workbook for a student to use (using the e-book version only, the perfect bound book doesn't seem to be designed to be used as a student workbook.)
- Completing more than one state per day, as recommended in the table of contents would be too much for a elementary school student.
- Maps are too small for young students to successfully draw and label, especially the blank map.
- Maps didn't include lines for labeling the smaller states.
- Activities were somewhat duplicative to our current curriculum.
|My husband's freehand drawing map without tracing. Completed in 30+ minutes. He is 37 and had a drafting background.|
|My son's (7) completed tracing/ labeling using a wall map.|