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GeoDeo Journey Into Africa Homeschool Curriculum Review
Curriculum Review by Harriet Yoder
Finally there's a delightful curriculum about Africa that does it justice--instead of lightly touching on the continent. Ann M. Jansen's GeoDeo Journey Into Africa curriculum is a multi-level unit study with a Christian perspective that is reasonably priced and has professional quality components.
Journey Into Africa Resource Book
The Journey Into Africa Resource Book is the "textbook" for the course, but it's very different from your typical textbook. Visually, it's one of the best curriculum books I've seen with its easy to follow layout, beautiful pictures and maps, interesting information boxes, etc. It is written in a more conversational appealing style that makes me want to keep on reading! Every time I pick it up, the information and pictures beckon me to read some more about Africa. I appreciate the missions perspective--personal stories about "how the lives of many Africans have been changed through the loving hearts of missionaries."
The Journey Into Africa Resource Book can also be used to supplement any study of Africa. Subjects covered in the resource book include: history, geography, world religions, animals, cooking and art.
Lesson Plans, Instructors Manual, Worksheets, and CDs
From there you can choose the Journey Into Africa Self-Guided Lesson Plans for independent workers in grades 7 and up or the Journey Into Africa Instructors Manual with teacher/parent-led lesson plans for grades 2-8.
Recently the Reproducible Student Worksheets were removed from the Instructor's Manual and are now sold separately. There are two sets with one for Grades 2 to 5 and another for Grades 5 to 8. If you want to streamline the study you can use the student worksheets alone with the Journey Into Africa Resource Book.
Additional components (How to Draw and Color Book, Journey Into Africa Coloring and Fun Pages, Africa Songs CD, Rhythms CD, and Review Flash Cards) are also available. They are listed as necessary for the instructor-led lessons and optional for the self-guided lessons.
If you want to study Africa with your children, I recommend using GeoDeo Journey Into Africa. It is suitable for homeschool and the Christian school use and it's impressive.
Journey Into Africa