Monday, July 19, 2010

My Review of TOS's June 2010 Module

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was given the opportunity* to review their June 2010 Module, Travel the World.  (If you're wondering just what a module is, it's simply an optional,  downloadable add-on for The Homeschool Planner, which you can read about here.  You do not have to own the planner in order to use the modules.)

Having read about but never laying eyes on a TOS module I was interested to see just what all the hub-bub was about.  It seems every time I get on-line I read something, somewhere about these modules (which says a lot about TOS's advertising!).  To be completely honest, my initial thoughts were that it was going to be either just another e-book I didn't have time to read or a bunch of 'twaddle' geared toward kids younger than mine that I really didn't have the time nor desire to fool with.

Well!  I am very happy to report that it was nothing of the sort!

This module is FULL of information on the geography of the earth!  From lines of latitude and longitude to information on each individual continent, from puzzles, coloring pages, and internet links and games to lapbooking, recipes, and copywork, there's more than enough here to easily use this for, dare I say it, a whole semester of geography!  Possibly even an entire school year if you take your time and expand on each individual continent.  (You must remember, we are an eclectic, unit-study, follow-the-rabbit-trail kind of homeschooling family, so for us this module could last us anywhere from a week to the entire school year depending on how deep we choose to go with it).  There are so many opportunities to expand the lessons and build upon what's already there, and with geography being one of those subjects most students won't be doing 5 days a week, this one module could easily be all you need to teach your young students all about the world around them.

I had planned on finding something to teach geography to our 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 9th graders this fall.  I believe I may have found it!  TOS has even included high school expansion ideas and while I plan on supplementing with other books here and there, especially for our 9th grader, this June 2010 Module will be the spine of our geographical learning this next school year. 

For only $7.95 you simply can't go wrong with this awesome resource.  Now that I know what a treasure these TOS modules are I most definitely plan on looking into what else I've been missing with these modules!  You can find the June 2010 Travel the World! module along with all of TOS's Schoolhouse Planners and modules here.

(*I received this product free of charge as a crew member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  In exchange, I agreed to give my most honest opinion of the product.)


Catherine said...

I'm stopping by from the TOS crew and looking at all the great reviews. I'm glad you liked Travel the World. We did, too!

Tess said...

I'm stopping by on my Blog Walk this week. I feel in love the Modules too and we'll be using the June Module as a spine for at least one of my girls. Great job with your review!