GDay Mates! Here is my familys review of the Download N Go Unit for Expedition Australia! For those of you who are not familiar with Download N Go, they are weekly unit studies that have a tie in to lapbooking. (its not as scary as it sounds) We have had the privilege of reviewing titles for Download N Go (which Ill refer to as DNG forth going) for the past 3 months. It has been a blast and a great way to take a break from the everyday routine. We just add math and some phonics/language work in and you have a complete day! We love doing this because it brings us all together.
Amanda Bennett, the author of the DNG unit studies, collects all the information for you and puts it in one central location. This is such a GREAT help as we are a very busy family with 3 boys. No more struggling to come up with a plan. Everything is done for you! She also comes up with some great additional reading. The library is an invaluable resource.
We are also find lapbooking to be fairly easy as well. At first it does seem intimidating but once you do a couple, it is really quite simple. Amanda includes several links about lapbooking in the beginning of each DNG so that if you are not familiar with it you can quickly become acquainted with lapbooking.
So now onto Australia! Might I say that now my children want to become world travellers! Each day we learned about a different city, animal, new words in Aussie style. It was great! There was so much covered each day. My oldest son loved how we learned how an Australian might say something we say here. Some of the words had us laughing so hard we were crying.
The images of Australia are just simply exquisite. We discovered how the country of Australia has a diverse set of climates. From its vast deserts, to its beautiful seascapes, Australia is a BEAUTIFUL country.
Amanda chose some wonderful videos and awesome websites to go with this unit. Each day covered something different and the content was beautiful. We enjoyed learning about their culture, music, lifestyle, the natives, and some very cool stuff in between.
Here is what was covered each day.
Day 1: Where on Earth Is Australia?
Day 2: Some of the Special Places in Australia
Day 3: A Bit of Australian History
Day 4: Cool Things to Know About Australia
Day 5: Fun and Games in Australia
Take a peek inside the unit!
We also had the opportunity to talk to a dear friend of mine who happens to live in Australia. Andrea and her family live in Melbourne. She was so sweet to take the time out of her day to talk to us. Jonathan asked her several questions about Australia, the land, language and her family.
DEAL ON Expedition Australia & a Contest!
So this weekend into Monday, Expedition Australia is on sale for $5.95 till 9PM Monday, November 8th. There is also a contest on the DNG blog! The contest is for a giveaway of 2 Australia Political Maps from National Geographic! Take a chance to go to the DNG Blog and enter the contest there.
**NOTE** If you are affiliated with TOS or DNG, you are not eligible to enter.
I was given a copy of this item for my honest review.