Friday, July 23, 2010

Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others

Summer usually involves vacations, visiting family and friends and maybe even exploring areas not far from home.  Do you ever wish that you had something better to occupy your children's time when traveling?  Boy, I do!  And I don't just want to "occupy" them, I want part of that time to be spent on something meaningful and maybe even educational.  Why not, right?  I mean, we only get to raise them once.
So, as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Crew for the 2010-2011 school year, I was given the pleasure of reviewing another great e-book called Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others written by Donna Rees.  The title is intriguing, no?  Oh!  And of course, it's not JUST for kids or for certain ages!  Well, here's some info to get you interested and then you can hop on over to the wonderful Old Schoolhouse Store to browse this and other products.  I've provided a direct link to the product further on in my write up here. ;)

Are you wondering what this travel kit e-book is about?  Donna Rees does a great job of explaining the who, what, when, where, why and how!  In fact, it's even listed that way in the table of contents, how cool is that?!  A travel kit is a collection of snacks and gifts, individually wrapped in a sturdy container to take with you on your trip!  This way, the trip is more fun and you get to feel good about giving too!  So, at this point, you're probably thinking, well, okay, I don't need to buy the book for this.  But, wait!  There are soooo many good ideas, both for items to put in the kit as well as places to get them from!  See, for me, the most fun part is having items in those kits that haven't been seen or used before.  But, just because it's "new" to my kit receiver, doesn't mean it's brand spankin' new.  Ah-ha!  Do I have your curiosity peaked?  In the grand scheme of things, I would much rather have a memorable "trip" AND vacation.
Without further ado, here's some tidbits of what you can expect:
  • Ideas for those kit goodies
  • Some great places to get the goodies from
  • How to pass out the super finds
  • Resources for creating things like puzzles online
  • How to prepare for your trip
Whether you are a savvy, experienced shopper or a novice, this e-book would be a great resource for your library.  It's great as a first read, but would be a benefit to browse over again and again. There's wonderful potential to cultivate the giving spirit in your children as well!  By purchasing gifts for birthdays, friends, weddings, baby showers, etc., the trip can be a grand time to put together kits to be gifted to others at the appropriate time.  And, as with most books, ("oh the places you'll go, in the pages of a book") my wheels started turnin' for more uses.
Please, take a moment and hop on over to the TOS Homeschool Crew blog to check out what the other crewmembers are saying about the Travel Kits e-book.  It's a good value for only $12.45.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine publishes this book and there are other  e-books worthy of glancin' at and maybe even treatin' yourself to purchasing!  One of the cool things about an e-book is the immediate access!!

*I was given this product free of charge and these opinions are my own.*

Monday, July 19, 2010

Travel the World!

I'm excited to be writing my first product review for The Old Schoolhouse Store!

Travel the World is a unit study that can be used with various ages and can be a stand alone or you can use it as a foundation for more in depth lesson plans.  Within this ebook are:

  • A brief overview of Geography
  • Activity pages such as word finds, rebus puzzles, poetry, coloring pages and more!
  • Copywork pages
  • Lapbook templates
  • Special section to use with High Schoolers
  • Recipes
  • Answer Keys
  • Resource links, some to The Old Schoolhouse Store and others out in the world wide web
We found this unit study to be a good asset for our homeschool as it incorporates across curriculum knowledge such as reading, writing, art and technology.  The resource links to enhance the learning experience were wonderful to have at our fingertips.  And since it's an e-book, I was able to print the pages I needed such as the reproducible worksheets.  In this way, we saved money by NOT printing out the overview and just read it straight from the computer.  :)

You can purchase this product by either buying the TOS planner, it's included as one of the monthly modules(unit studies), or as a separate unit study.  The Travel the World e-book is affordably priced at $7.95.  If you're interested in the  2010-2011 Schoolhouse Planner, it sells for $39.00.

Personally, I would have liked to see a little more information included on the continents.  Also, we haven't done a lot of lapbooks/notebooks in our homeschooling journey, but are beginning to do more and I was expecting more in that area.  It still is a good resource to have for your geography lesson plans!

**I received this product to review, free of charge. These opinions are my own.**