I received a copy of The Complete Zoo Adventure curriculum to review for the MasterBooks Twitter Party.
Here is some information regarding the Twitter party from Meghan Tucker’s website, The Tuckers Take Tennessee:
Who Is It For? Any parent (homeschool or non-homeschool) who loves great books/curriculum/resources for their children.
When Is It? Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 8pm CST.
Where Is It? On Twitter! Go to www.Twitter.com and log in. Once you’re logged in, at 8pm CST, use the hashtag #masterbooks in all of your tweets for the party. Make sure you’re following @meghantucker @jenniferowhite and @masterbooks4u to be able to win the prizes listed below.
What Could You Win? Below are a list of the awesome prizes that will be handed out.
~ 5 winners will receive a copy of The Complete Zoo Adventure
~ The Complete Creation Museum Adventure Book: A Field Trip In A Book
~ The Complete Aquarium Adventure: A Field Trip In A Book
~ The Creation Story For Children
~ Magnificent Mammals (Marvels of Creation)
~ Not Too Small At All: A Mouse Tale
~ GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win 1 copy of each of the books above!
For Meghan’s review, and to RSVP for the party, make sure to visit Meghan’s Complete Zoo Adventure Review & Twitter Party as well as Ashley Pichea’s Review for the party.
Now, on to my review.
Initially I was impressed by the bright, colorful pictures, as well as how much thought was clearly put in to creating this curriculum. Here is a shot of what is included:
In the back of the book is a pouch that holds all of the little extras:
- 27 Field Fact Cards – this shows a picture of the different animals that you would encounter at the zoo, and includes a ton of facts about that particular animal
- 3 Field journals
- 7 Biome cards (shown on the right hand side of the picture, above)
- 12 name badges
– For use at the zoo where your child(ren) can circle whether the animal they are viewing is a Mammal, Reptile, Amphibian or Bird, and they can draw or take note of any special characteristics. (My son is into Go, Deigo, Go, so he’s all over having a Field Journal of his own!)
Now the Biome cards are really cool. Again, they have beautiful pictures, and each card tells you facts about the desert, the rainforest, the arctic and more.
Here’s what the other side of the cards look like:
The “Before the Zoo” section of the book helps prepare you for your field trip. Of course, you don’t actually have to go to the zoo – there are even some virtual zoo tours that you and the kiddos could find online if you prefer.
The 7 days leading up to your trip include a devotional for each day that ties in the story of God’s creation, the Great Flood, and God’s love for us all.
I like the “At the Zoo” section because it’s separated into tabs for each type of animal:
- Paws and Claws
Each of the tabs has several beautiful pages with the different animals that fall into that category and some more information about that particular animal.
After all is said and done, you get to the “After the Zoo” section that has a number of worksheets relating to the Zoo experience. I really like that the sheets are divided out into “Younger Ages” with picture matching, writing practice, find & color pages and photo puzzles; “Intermediate to Advanced” with word searches and a number of fact-gathering and classification activities for the different animal types.
There is even a Teacher’s guide at the end of the book! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a school teacher or a homeschooler to use this book. This is definitely a great resource for parents and caregivers too.
I have to be perfectly honest here. This curriculum is designed for ages 4-8. I can’t see myself busting out the book and the cards at the zoo for the very first time with a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old in tow. I would want to review the animals with my son beforehand – maybe go through all of the pages about the birds one day, the “paws and claws” the next day, etc. That way when we’re at the zoo with all of the excitement and distractions, we could try to review as much as possible, but recap everything once we were home (and going through the pictures that we took!).
All in all, I think this is a great curriculum, and I’m inspired to plan a real zoo trip for us. =)