Continent Studies Series: Africa

Reviewed by Beverly Williams

When I first opened this book, I thought “what a great way to study Africa!” And, if the rest of the complete unit studies by “In the Hands of a Child” are this good, they’re a great way to study a lot of things!

As you work through all the activities that go along with the unit study, you will create a “Project Pack.” This is a very nice way to display all the information in one place for your child to have. You take a file folder and refold it, all instructions included, into a shutter-style book. This is a great review tool, since your children reinforce the lessons they learned as they show their Project Pack to grandparents, friends, etc.

Included in this book are all the instructions and information you will need to teach the unit and create the Project Pack. There are facts to study, vocabulary words, book lists, craft details, activities and maps. You learn about the people, animals, countries, languages, religions, government, geography, climate and foods of Africa.

The book is about 8.5” by 11”, has a comb binding and is over 150 pages. All blackline masters and reproducible pages are included. The book doesn’t give direct permission to copy, but it does suggest that some of your reproducibles be printed out on colored multi-purpose paper. I didn’t have any problem getting these copied at my local office supply.

Teacher prep was very simple. I started out the unit by having all my copies of the reproducibles made at once so they would be ready for each lesson. Each day, I would read what we were supposed to do, and gather whatever supplies we needed. At the beginning of the book is a supply list. Supplies are mostly common household items. The directions for the unit and the Project Pack were easy to understand and follow. I used the study for one child, but it could just as easily be used for siblings or in a classroom or co-op setting.

We really enjoyed this unit study and I have highly recommended it to the other moms in my homeschool group and co-op. I feel that the publisher, “In the Hands of a Child,” has really put together a unique way to study and retain the information you’ve studied.

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