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Apr 1, 2011

Our Trip to the Holy Land: DNG Review

Can I just say, I was super excited to hear we would be reviewing Expedition Israel for Download N Go this spring? I was so excited, that when sweet Marcy announced sign ups for Expedition IRELAND in February, I rushed to the library to look for books for our Israel study. Poor Marcy. She teases me about taking the blog name a bit too seriously. :) Oops!

I am not going to pussy foot around. This is without a doubt, my absolute favorite DNG we have ever done. Ever. Xavier really enjoyed the Moody Bible videos each day. Mal liked learning about the animals. His favorite was the dugong. He always sings the Barbara Manatee song from Veggie Tales to me.

{Photo removed.  Ezekiel 20:5-6.}

I loved this study so much, I spent a few hours just searching out more information for myself. I always picture rocks and sand and dry, boring desert when I think of Israel. I imagined it was all just like the rest of the middle east. Sort of like this:

{Photo removed.  Picture rocky desert.}

Was I ever wrong! It's beautiful there, farms, vineyards, gardens. Just incredible. No wonder it's called the Land of Milk and Honey. I don't pretend to know anything about geography and history. I never was very good at it. I figure I'll learn with my boys as we go. Well, my ever so clever husband told me about the incredible national water carrier system built in Israel. So I had to spend an evening reading up on that. And now I know why some of Israel looks like this:

{Photo removed.  Picture green fields.}


The daily objectives for Expedition Israel are:
Day 1: Where on Earth Is Israel?
Day 2: Some of the Special Places in Israel
Day 3: A Bit of History
Day 4: Cool Things to Know About Israel
Day 5: Fun and Games in Israel
You'll learn a little Hebrew, see the animals and foods of Israel, and get in a bit of Bible and history. I hope to see Israel someday to walk the streets my Savior walked. Someday.

Download N Go is a lapbooking/notebooking unit study series created by Amanda Bennett. Intended for grades K-4, my four year old loves them as well! DNGs are formatted for a five day study, but with suggested reading and your family's favorite rabbit trails, it could easily expand well beyond that. They are bright and colorful and chock full of information. One thing I really like is the special DNG video page that youtube videos open up in so you don't see any of the other stuff on youtube pages. DNG units each have five daily objectives with components for a smart little lapbook, clickable links to videos and websites, vocabulary, history, geography and more.

I just spend an hour or so reading the introduction and searching our library's online catalog for some books. I print some lapbook sheets, depending on our needs for the week and do some cutting. The rest is done for me!

You can purchase your copy of Expedition Israel for $7.95

To see what others think of Expedition Israel, check out the blog hop here.

Also, a brand new Download N Go for Easter is now available. Easter Promise.

I was provided with a copy to use in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

Annette said...

i enjoyed reading that review. :)