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Passport to the World, Book 1

Kiwi Literacy Group

1059 Sycamore Lane
Jackson Springs, NC 27281

This is a large spiral-bound book of approximately 135 pages (only printed on the fronts). Book 1 of this series is all that has been published so far, but there will be five books eventually. Book 1 covers North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

I will just tell you immediately that I fell in love with this curriculum at first sight. We have been using another very popular geography curriculum this year. We purchased it at the homeschool convention last summer. It is very difficult to use and requires a lot of preparation on the part of the teacher. The Passport to the World curriculum does NOT make a lot of work for the teacher. It's all right here, and it is presented in a very interesting and engaging way.

As you begin the study, you make a passport. There is a page that you can reproduce to make the passport and fill it out with your personal information and even add a picture. You can make a passport page for each country you "visit" and then combine all of the pages into a little passport booklet. There is a sheet of "passport stamps" that has a stamp for each country. After you "visit" a country, you can cut out and glue the stamp into your passport.

Next you put a large world map on your wall and put a pushpin or a sticker on the map for each country you "visit." You will also compile a notebook about the countries in your travels. There is a statistical data collection sheet you can reproduce and fill out for each country to put in your notebook.

Let's proceed. During week 1 we visit Canada. There are about 4 pages of reading to do about Canada, and then there is a link to a website where you can get instructions for making a Totem Pole (from a paper towel tube) to represent you and your family. Then the student writes a report that explains why he or she chose each animal to represent the individual family members. After that, you'll find a list of websites to visit and a list of books that you can check out from your local library to learn more.

There are 30 weeks of travel here, and each one has an adventure in store! At the end of the book are some additional things you can do to enhance the study. This is just so much fun! It's the next best thing to actually going to these countries--and I get to sleep in my own bed every night!

This is highly recommended. I predict that you, like me, will be waiting eagerly for the other four books in this series to become available.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, January 2010

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