Monday, July 19, 2010

Travel the World, Schoolhouse Planner June Module e-book (TOS Crew Review)

I get a little bit excited when I'm offered a unit study from TOS to review or given one as a freebie with a purchase. !!!!!!! I've seen enough of them to know that they mean quality, versatility, and opportunities to learn. The June 2010 Module is no exception. Priced at $7.95, this particular module is 56 pages** in length, and features a topic that my homeschooler has been asking about lately (other countries), and is titled "Travel the World".

**Note: Of the 56 pages, four pages at the beginning of the module include the cover page, info page, and TOC. Four pages at end of the module are ads and one page is a link to other for-purchase resources at TOS store.

One of the neat aspects of this kind of product is that we are able to click on the live links and go to more information about a subject quickly, without having to sort through a long list of hits on what can turn out to be a wild and crazy internet search. Sometimes an internet search turns into so many rabbit trails we can't remember where we began, and the live links directly to a solid source eliminate the issue of rabbit trails. (I do crack up a little when a live link in a resource for homeschoolers takes me to a govt school web site.)

The June 2010 module offers a variety of activities for the littles through high school.

The versatility of the modules is wonderful for a child with scattered skills-a parent can more easily individualize by picking and choosing activities that fit each skill set. A family with several children at different ages would be able to tailor to developmental levels, too. We don't work through them from beginning to end as a unit study. We take smaller sections to work through. My big challenge is finding a way to catalog my e-books in a way that I can locate what I need when I need it.
Some of the activities and puzzles are good to print and load into a clipboard for travel or waiting rooms.

Additional costs: You will need a computer, printer, paper, and toner or access to a computer and printer to use some of the activities in the e-book. Some of you may choose to print the entire book, although you'll still need to use the e-book online in order to access those live links to more information and games.

I really like the e-modules because we can use them our way - to follow an interest in depth and we can create our own little unit study by using part of one. They have always fit a need at our house where relationship development is at the front and center of our autism intervention. When I find something we can do together to address relationship goals and objectives, to give my daughter practice in between-you-and-me, while sneaking in some academics, that's a win-win for me.

A sample of the module is available for download HERE.

To read the reviews of this product by other Crewmates, please visit our Crew blog.

I was given a complimentary copy of the June 2010 Module of The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner, "Travel the World" to review. I am not financially compensated for this review and am not obligated to provide a positive review.


Denise said...

Stopping by from the Homeschool Crew and realized I am not following your blog~ I am now.

Enjoyed reading your review!

Catherine said...

I'm stopping by from the TOS crew, checking out other reviews.

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