This past few days we have been on Safari with Download N Go's Expedition Africa!Download N Go is a unit study/lapbooking series created by Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse for grades K-4 and is intended to take one week to complete, though with all the resources available it would be easy to expand that. They are bright and colorful and loaded with information. DNG studies have five daily objectives with components for a smart little lapbook, clickable links to videos and websites, vocabulary, history, geography and more.
The main objectives for Expedition Africa are:
Day 1: Where on Earth Is Africa?
Day 2: Some of the Special Places in Africa
Day 3: A Bit of History
Day 4: Cool Things to Know About Africa
Day 5: Fun and Games in Africa
We did have trouble finding the books from the included recommended reading list for this study at three local libraries, but we are very rural. I was able to find great substitutes for most of the topics and we especially enjoyed reading and learning all about the unique animals that make their homes in Africa. Grandma Jean was visiting with us while we were on Safari. I think she had as much fun "doing school" as the boys did. We watched some beautiful videos each day before we had story time on the same topics we had just covered. Did you know some experts think that a zebra's stripes act as air-conditioning to protect them from the heat? The black stripes absorb heat while the white stripes are simultaneously reflecting heat which creates cooling air currents around the zebras body. God is very smart. He thinks of everything. :)
I've really enjoyed each of the Download N Go units we've used so far. While Expedition Africa didn't hold the boys' attention as well as some of the others, when we stuck mostly with animals they ate it up! At 3.5 and 5.5, the littles are really on the lower end of the age range these studies are intended for. I definitely plan to do this study again in a few years. I love that we can do that with these units and I'm confident we will love it even more then.
You can purchase a copy of Expedition Africa here for only $7.95 or order in a bundle and $ave. Click the link on that page to see the colorful sample pages for this unit.