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Bramley Books A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II

Nurture a love for the people who live in the Middle East with A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land! Approaching geography through gentle narration, students will learn about the land, people and culture of Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Divided into easily-manageable sections, this curriculum may easily be spread out over a year and the schedule customized. Each unit includes a conversational reading about the country with bolded important words; "Field Notes" narration prompts; "Travel Log" map & writing activities; "Bringing It Home" activities that often include art, books, food, music, poetry and other cultural hands-on ideas; and a "prayer walk" that prays for the people of each country.

Written from a Christ-centered perspective, integrated scripture will give kids a Christian view of Middle Eastern history and geography. With full-color and black-and-white photographs on glossy pages, this textbook utilizes all learning styles as students complete their tour of the Holy Land. Appendixes feature the flags of each country, as well as a list of definitions by chapter. 192 pages, softcover. Volume 2. The enclosed CD-ROM features reproducibles, including: copywork passages and templates; travel log forms & cover sheet; maps of the Middle East (labeled & unlabeled); recipes; and chapter review tests. Bible verses are from the New American Standard Bible. Designed for grades 1-6, though lessons may be adjusted for older or younger students.

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Review 1 for A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II
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A Good Curriculum, But...

Date:July 29, 2011
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Anne
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I have been reading through this curriculum and I have found it interesting. But... I've had this reoccurring thought that this is not the right curriculum for my family. I do believe, though, that many families will enjoy it and be encouraged by it. I will explain in the course of this review why it's a great curriculum. At the end, I'll try and explain why it's just not the right fit for my family.
Previously, I reviewed Volume I and enjoyed it. The first book was essentially an earth science curriculum. This second book explores the Middle East from both a historical and current cultural perspective. It blends history and cultural studies. The book explores the countries of Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. For each lesson, there is a reading lesson, a section for field notes (students are asked to speak into a recorder about their observations as they imagine traveling through the land), lists of locations to record on maps, art/cooking/music activities, and suggested prayer lists. My favorite part of the lessons were the prayer sections. I thought the authors did a wonderful job of making suggestions for how we can pray with our children for the people who live in this region of the world.
An example from the Israel lesson is "Lord, may the people who live within her borders live at peace with their neighbors. May they learn to love each other as You patiently love us. We pray for godly wisdom for the world's governments as decisions are made regarding this region of the world and may Your will be accomplished," p. 71
I enjoyed the reading lessons as well as the activities. There are pictures, both color and black and white, scattered through the lessons. If you choose to use this curriculum, I would highly suggest collecting other resources via your library or by purchasing a good Bible Atlas to help your children better picture this land. Though the authors do a good job describing the areas and helping children to use their imaginations, I know my children would want a Bible Atlas. Included in the book is a CD-Rom with reproducible maps for use with the curriculum. I think you may find you want some larger maps, though. I have seen several such resources available for purchase online.
If you are interested in acquainting your children with this area of the world, this is a great curriculum. But, let me explain why I'm not sure it's the best fit for my family. The authors talk about many people groups who live in the area, including the Kurds in Turkey. I appreciated the efforts on the part of the authors to include all people groups and their suggestions of how to pray for the people who live in this region, because God has called us to pray for all people. But, there is one people group missing from this book. In the section on Israel, the Palestinians were not mentioned. There were no pictures from the Gaza Strip or the areas where the Palestinians live. There are Palestinian Christians. If I used this curriculum, I would add to the section on Israel and explaining a bit more to my children about the land and the people who live there.
The other reason I likely will not use this curriculum is that it does not fit in a traditional scope and sequence for what children learn in school. I tend to follow the general scope and sequence of subject matter as taught by the public schools for social studies and history. As a homeschooler, I do have the flexibility to veer away from that when I want to. I could use this curriculum in a condensed form one quarter of the school year. With all curriculums we use, we take what works for our families and modify when we need to. I could expand on some of the sections and still condense the study overall.
In the book, there are 16 lessons, which would cover about a half a year if you taught one lesson a week. It is very appropriate to use with multiple ages at one time. I'd recommend it for grades 1-6. You can see a preview of the book on the website for this book. It is a pretty affordable curriculum at $35 for the book and included CD. I looked up several Bible Atlases on Amazon and they ran between $20 and $30. Other pictorial resources could easily be found at your local library.
If you are looking for a study on the Holy Land, this is a great place to start. If there are areas you would like to focus more heavily on, the curriculum would be easy to adapt. It isn't the right curriculum for my family, but I can see how it might be a good fit for many others.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher.
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Review 2 for A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II
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This book would benifit from better proof-reading.

Date:July 5, 2011
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My favorite part is the recipes.
I found this volume difficult to read. It has several grammar issues and does not inculde a sufficient pronunciation guide.
I had high hopes for the CD-rom part, but did not find it highly valuable. Some of the maps are too tiny to be helpful. At first my daughter (age 9) really enjoyed the mapping part, but not all the guides include sufficient descriptions about where the speicfic locations are.
The book does have a nice guide for supplemental studies if you have access to the resources suggested. It includes art projects and supplemental book ideas and links to listen to local music (local to the countries being studied.)
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Review 3 for A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II
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Date:July 16, 2008
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Allie Devries
Knowledge Quest has done a phenomenal job creating this new study on the Middle East. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed the arm-chair-style narrative of the countries of this region, countries often heard about but often misunderstood. As a family we want to develop a love for this part of the world, and this study has provided an excellent foundation! We would highly recommend this study and others by this company (A Child's Geography- Explore His Earth is another family favorite)
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Review 4 for A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II
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Date:July 15, 2008
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Michelle W
This book is a gem! It is written conversationally, and is engaging without being patronizing. It is written from a distinctly Christian viewpoint, but treats the people of this non-Christian region with a great deal of respect. There are narration prompts at the end of each section and either a recipe, poem or craft at the end of each chapter. It also has a few suggestions for supplemental reading. We love this book! I hope that the authors will write other volumes (and quickly, we are almost done with this one!)
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Review 5 for A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II
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Date:July 15, 2008
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Michelle Winter
This book is a gem! It is written conversationally, and is engaging without being patronizing. It is written from a distinctly Christian viewpoint, but treats the people of this non-Christian region with a great deal of respect. There are narration prompts at the end of each section and either a recipe, poem or craft at the end of each chapter. It also has a few suggestions for supplemental reading. We love this book! I hope that the authors will write other volumes (and quickly, we are almost done with this one!)
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Review 6 for A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II
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Date:July 15, 2008
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Caroline
We love this!Some of our best homeschooling moments have taken place with this book! Written in a way that engages the child, I would say it would be enjoyed by any elementary-aged student. We have been using it for ages 5-11. The book is divided into eleven chapters and includes read-aloud portions, notebooking activities, and hands-on projects. There is also a portion in each chapter titled Reaching Out to His World. These sections brought about our most meaningful discussions and prayer. At the end of each chapter there are additional resources listed for further exploration. In my opinion, this could really be considered a unit study on God's earth that covers history, science, geography, missions, Bible, narration, writing, vocabulary, art...and probably more. My kids and I have learned so much...and it was so much fun!
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Review 7 for A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land Vol. II
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Date:July 15, 2008
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Joy
This book is great resource for teaching Geography. My kids have really enjoyed working on their travel logs and I love the digging in and not just learning the countries stats and figures. I also really appreciate that at the end of each section there is prayer guide. We also have added in a reading from VOM from each country at that time. I am looking forward to the next installment of this series.
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