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Tiny Travelers Review by Kari Lynn Dundass

Anneke van der Merwe
The Great Canadian Adventure
Box 4, Arrowwood, AB, T0L0B0
http://www.thegreatcanadianadventure.ca

Tiny Travelers from The Great Canadian Adventure is an incredible hands-on and fun learning resource about Canada. It is perfectly suited for the ages 4-6 as it introduces children to Canada’s provinces and people. 

Tiny Travelers includes twelve months of activities, that can be purchased as a subscription by the month, three months, six months, or twelve months.  Each month includes an activity book, one or two sticker sheets and a laminated paper character to dress. The first subscription month also includes a set of Crayola markers and two other provinces include hard to find supplies. You also get a PDF file for each month that includes a suggested schedule to follow with a book list, supplies list and a link to additional videos on each month’s topic. 

You get access to a private Facebook group that is full of supplemental activities and resources, such as colouring pages and crafts and you can access a YouTube playlist for each province through The Great Canadian Adventures YouTube channel.

Tiny Travellers costs $24.95 per month, $74.95 for three months, $143.79 for six months or $275.40 for twelve months, and shipping within Canada is free.

You can easily plan each month when you receive your activity book in the mail.  The PDF file lays out the activities for each week.  You then work through the activities at your own pace.  We usually would work on the activities three days per week, depending on our schedule.  

A recommended book list is provided so you can reserve the books at your local library, and you can look for other books in your home to supplement the activity book. 

The variety of exercises and learning in each activity book incorporate easily into our daily curriculum.  Your child learns about social studies, science, language arts, math, and art by working through the activities.  The lessons usually take about 15 minutes to complete, apart from some baking or art projects. Your child can then read some suggested books to help expand on the daily topic. 

You can share your ideas, projects and ask questions in the private Facebook group.  This gives you support, if needed, as you work through the lessons. 

During each month, you can work your way through the YouTube suggested playlist for each province.  These expand the learning and are a fantastic way for your child to experience a virtual visit to each province.  

We thoroughly enjoyed Tiny Travelers in our home and look forward to continuing to use this curriculum for learning about Canada.  It is quite easy to use with minimal planning needed.  My boys, ages three and six, were so excited to do the daily activities, read the suggested books and watch the YouTube playlist for each province.  We practised writing letters while learning about animals, made cookies and crafts, and learned about the people living in the province.  We started to understand what the environment in each province looks like and what plants you can find there. Each month covers a wide variety of topics so that your child gains a grasp on the culture and economy of the province. I found that the workbooks intrigued my sons so that they were asking questions and wanting to learn more. We chose to expand on the topics with the YouTube playlist of videos and with other resources in our home.  The videos really helped my boys to gain an appreciation for each province and learn more about the culture, animals, history, and economy.                      

I highly recommend Tiny Travelers from The Great Canadian Adventure for children ages four to six.  It is an interactive and fun curriculum for learning about Canada while incorporating a variety of subject areas with little additional preparation required. 

-Product review by Kari Lynn Dundass, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2019

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