Beginning Geography by Delightful Learning

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2010
Genre(s): Geography
Publisher(s): Evan-Moor
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Beginning Geography by Delightful Learning

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Review by Delightful Learning

Evan Moor Books ~ A Timberdoodle Review

Sometimes a mother needs a helper. Beginning Geography proved to be a wonderful help for this homeschool mother. I needed to include a geography unit with our Five in a Row study on Katy and the Big Snow, but was struggling to come up with my own activities. In fact, I put the row off for weeks… until this arrived in the mail. It was just what we needed.

Beginning Geography has 93 reproducible pages divided into three parts:

  • map skills
  • landforms and bodies of water
  • continents and oceans

For our Katy unit and for this review, we completed the first unit on Map Skills.  The concepts were easy to introduce and easy to understand. The target age for this book is 5-7, or grades K-2. Malachi just turned 6 and is just beginning 1st grade, so he is right in the middle of the target for this book and he had no trouble completing the pages with some help from me (reading the directions and questions). In fact, he enjoyed them! This has been his most requested school to do since it arrived.

The concepts are introduced gently and then build on each other. For example, when directions are introduced, the lessons begin with left and right and then progress to North, South, East, West.

Here he is learning about places on a map:

At the end of the Map Skills unit, there is a review.

I was surprised that Malachi gave more information than required on labeling the compass rose. But, then he confused borders with a map grid. This is partially my fault, because we took a Spring break and didn’t work in the book for 10 days. After we reviewed the concepts for each lesson, he had no trouble completing the reviews.

We have already moved on to Landforms and Bodies of Water. He is still enjoying his lessons. . . and I love that the planning is already done for me!

2 full-color fold out maps accompany the book.

List Price: $14.99

Timberdoodle Price: $10.75 ~ I think this is reasonable and at this price, I opted to have Malachi write in the book and will buy another one for Eliana ~ so much easier for me. She completed a few pages with me, but I think she would benefit more from this book in another year (she is 4).  Note: while we used it as a consumable resource, it is a reproducible one.

So far, I am impressed with Evan Moor Books. I will have to look into the Daily Geography series for 1st grade, for sure.

Disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of these books in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.



Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 25 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews, Evan Moor

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