Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Asia: Its People and History Review and Giveaway

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works with both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and editorial assistant. Bonnie loves to make children smile and has a desire for all children to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. At TOS, she found a place where her love of God and history combine with her love of writing to bring encouraging, educational, and entertaining material to students and their families. Be sure to stop by Bonnie's blogs Exploring with Jake, Looking Out The 10/40 Window and her author's blog WriteBonnieRose.com where you can find fun printables and discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

A moms review:
We received a digital copy of Asia: Its People and History to review. For the last few weeks we have been exploring and learning all about Asia and having a blast. This curriculum is designed for children ages 8-12, but it can easily be used with slightly younger and older children. The book broken into 16 weeks and takes just 20-30 minutes to read a section and complete the discussion questions/activities. The curriculum is very flexible and you can stretch the weeks into longer units or compress them if need be. It is important to note that this curriculum is not a complete curriculum, but rather a way to introduce your children to the people of Asia so that hopefully their curiosity is sparked to explore more. And I can tell you it will be! I liked the fact that we didn't have to go in order and could jump around to the countries that interested the children most. And having it in an eBook format made it great for learning on the go.

The curriculum covers these 6 Asian countries: 

Each section includes the history of each nation, one or more stories to help bring the lesson alive, discussion questions and activities. Did you know that Asia is home to more than fifty countries and territories and roughly three-fifths of the world’s population? Through this curriculum children will cover history, geography and more. They will meet the people who live in the far away cities and villages in Asia. They will hear their stories and get a glimpse into their everyday lives. They will also find out how they can pray for them and their families. Everything in the book is presented from Biblical Worldview.

In the back of the book you will find all of the printable activities and answer keys. There is also a fabulous list of family friendly books listed in the back, many of which are FREE to download!

After reading through this book, Asia will no longer be a mystery to your children.

How we used it:
I used the book as a springboard with my 6 and 8 year old. They both love history and geography so I knew they would enjoy it. I read through the list of countries and asked my children which country they wanted to begin with. Bangladesh was their answer, because they wanted to learn more about where our next door neighbors came from.

We began with the story "Danger in Dhaka." The children really enjoyed the story and learned about forgiveness, sharing Jesus with others and how Jesus is the "true light that never goes out."
Next we read Part 1 on Bangladesh. We learned where it is located, the history of the nation and what life is like for Christians in Bangladesh. Afterwards we played a fun Animal Safari game. I did adjust the game slightly for my children and made it into a memory game instead.

Then it was time for another story "Jesmin's Journey." This story was broken into 4 short letters with discussion questions after each. This story opened my children's eyes to what it is like to live in a place that is not safe and what it would be like to not have enough food to eat. They also learned an important lesson about forgiveness.

The next activity recommended having children write a letter back to Jesmin. It also encouraged children to utilize their gifts to tell others about Bangladesh and how we can pray for them (drawing, singing. etc.) There was also information included on sponsoring a child through Gospel for Asia, Compassion International or World Vision, Inc.

In Part 2 on Bangladesh we learned more about a couple of the people groups of Bangladesh. There are about 400 different groups! Then we read two more short stories about a brave man and women who follow Jesus in Bangladesh.

The final activity was a fun word search.

On the days we didn't read Asia: Its People and History we explored Bangladesh deeper. We read books from the library, watched YouTube videos and started a FREE lapbook on Asia.

Now we are getting ready to explore Laos!

So what countries would you be interested in learning about in Volume 2?

Be sure to check out the trailer for the book:

Gwyn (8 yrs old) review:
I like learning about Bangladesh. We are having lots of fun. I like the game we played and the stories the most.

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Where to buy:
The Asia: Its People and History eBook is $6.95 and can be order on The Old Schoolhouse website. Use PROMO CODE: 02asia14 at The Schoolhouse Store to SAVE 25% off through 3/15/14.

You can also order the eBook on Amazon for your Kindle. Or if you prefer a hardcopy of the book you will be able to order that shortly for $37.95 (I will update link when available).

Now time for the giveaway: 
Bonnie Rose has graciously offered to giveaway 2 PDF copies of Asia: Its People and History. All entries are optional, each entry option gives you more chances to win. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 24 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. Prizes will be emailed to the winners.

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