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We swore we would never get another dog after our first bad experience… but then this guy showed up. I have never met a more polite, loving, easygoing dog. He won us over and the owner was looking for a home for him. So we now have a Dog.

Meet Elway (bet you can’t guess who named him πŸ˜‰ )


This week we reviewed This Old Schoolhouse’s down-loadable E-book

Download and Go: Expedition Australia!

This is an E-book that you download to your computer, then print out the student pages as needed. It includes information on Australia’s Climate, Culture, Wildlife,Language, topography, landmarks, cities and history. The e-book guides you day by day in a one week study of the land down under. It also includesΒ  links to videos, articles, pictures, and coloring pages.Β Β  Included in the e-book are ideas for fun activities and ideas to enhance your study even more.

I think this is a great and very affordable option for Geography unit studies. I was unsure at first of what my kids would think of this but I am happy to tell you though they LOVED learning about Australia. I really enjoyed having the information in the e-book format. It was so easy to watch the video links included, look up facts and even hop on over to you tube to watch the Aboriginal didgeridoo being played. After day one my son was asking if we could go on vacation to Australia!

The kids loved learning about the differences in language, culture and landscape. The e-book included a lot of details that I would have forgotten to include or simply wouldn’t have known about. Everyone enjoyed this from the 2 year old to the 13 year old ( and maybe even Mom πŸ˜‰ ). The favorite thing for the kids was by far all the information on the animals.

The only thing I didn’t love is that I felt it was too much information for a week. Some days we spent over an hour on it and still didn’t get to everything. If I were to do it again I would probably split it up into a month and spend more time on each aspect so we could enjoy it more and not feel quite so rushed.

All in all this E-book is a fun, easy and inexpensive way to introduce your children to Australia.

I had the opportunity to review some curriculum for a homeschooling magazine called The Old Schoolhouse.

The curriculum I reviewed was one of their E-Books called
Wanna Be Series – Firefighter.

This was perfect timing as my 5 year old daughter had recently decided she was actually going to be a Firefighter when she grew up… or a Mom, she wasn’t QUITE sure she said ;).

This little E-book was really filled with fun ideas for ways to implement a unit study on firefighting.
There was a lot of information on the History of firefighting, how it works today, exactly what it takes to be a firefighter and more.
There were ample activities that we thoroughly enjoyed and opportunities to learn about fire safety and make an escape plan.
There were also worksheets and written work included. We chose to not do that portion because I have mostly younger children and we didn’t feel we needed more of that type of work.

First we learned about the history which all of my children found very interesting. Then we had our very own bucket brigade and tried to fill a bucket. Let me tell you if our house is ever burning down I really hope there isn’t a 2yo in the brigade.. she was NOT helpful.
I was so busy trying to contain the 2 yo I didn’t get pictures of this but it was a sight let me tell you.

Next we learned about Fire Safety, made an escape plan and practiced it.

Going down the stairs while staying low (they liked this part)

Meeting at the Mailbox

Running back in to DO IT AGAIIINNN!!!

After that we learned about what it takes to be a firefighter today and made the Firetruck cake. Now before I show you our cake let me say this. The way our cake looks is in no way shape or form a result of bad instructions. It’s simply a result of too much help in the kitchen and a mom that isn’t talented in such things πŸ˜‰

(It’s okay go ahead and laugh… I did πŸ˜‰ )

If you have a little one who would enjoy learning about Firefighters the E-book is available here.

For only $8.95 it’s a steal and packed with fun information and activities. I think it is well suited for almost any school age child and fun for the whole family.

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