A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World {a review}

A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World {a review}

Today I am reviewing A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World by Terri Johnson. I was provided a digital copy of the book and extras to complete my review.

About A Child’s Geography

A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World is the third volume in the popular series started by Ann Voskamp, who wrote Explore His Earth and Explore the Holy Land. Explore the Classical world is written by Terri Johnson, who aimed to follow in the tradition of a living book that teaches both geography and history.

Each volume of A Child’s Geography is a stand alone curriculum that can be used over a full year or a semester. They are written to be living books, which means the text is written to be engaging and conversational verses a dry, just the facts text. The series is intended for grades 1st-6th, but can also work for middle school students.

About Explore the Classical World

Explore the Classical World is a history study into the geographical locations that make up what was once known as The Classical World. This is often considered the birthplace of Western Civilization. The book covers Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and Malta.

Each chapter is full of historical facts, photos, and illustrations. The facts are woven into the narratives and dialogue with the reader, true to the living book style. It is written as if you are truly there experiencing the sights, sounds, and flavors.

Important words are in bold text. Hard to pronounce words include assistance, and there is a glossary of terms at the back of the book. There are timeline events included throughout the book, as well as sample menus for those wanting a hands-on cooking activity.

The text has a biblical basis. For example, when you start off in Greece and meet a vendor who tells us we must visit Mt. Olympus, where the world began. He then tells us that they know this to be mythology and that he and his son know it was the “spoken word of the one true God that brought the earth into existence as it is recorded in the first chapter of Genesis.”

More About Explore the Classical World

When you purchase the book, you also receive a selection of supplement material that includes:

  • an additional reading list, organized by chapter
  • a list of hands-on activities, organized by chapter
  • recipes, also organized by chapter
  • a prayer guide, organized by country
  • list of timeline events by chapter
  • a travel log of places that can be marked on blank maps, organized by chapter
  • a selection of printable maps

A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World is published by Bramley Books, which is a division of Knowledge Quest, Inc. You can visit the Knowledge Quest website to purchase the 224 page, softcover edition of Explore the Classical World for $34.95. Or you may purchase the ebook for $24.95. If you purchase the ebook, you also receive the CD-ROM supplements as a download as well.

My Review of Explore the Classical World

I received the book and the supplements in digital form, as you would if you bought the ebook. I loaded the PDF to my iPad mini’s Kindle app and used that to read/review the book. Personally, I would have preferred the book because I feel like I’m tied to a screen for more than enough things as it is. I don’t particularly like snuggling up with my kids with an electronic device. Book, yes. Ebook, no.

Format aside, I really like the content of the book. As I read it, I found myself excited and wanting to keep reading. I have never used this series before, though it has been on my wishlist for a long while. You know how long those get, right?

There are a lot of visuals in this book, maps and photos. The photos chosen reignited my desire to see Greece and Italy. I really enjoyed what I’ve read and look forward to using it with my kids (we are doing American history this year). I like the suggestion to couple it with Explore the Holy Land for a complete study of the ancient world.

I think my favorite part about this package is the prayer guide. I love the idea of praying for the country as we study it. I did like the recipes, particularly the ones with photos. My kids will enjoy that, too.

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