A Child's Geography Vol. 2: Explore the Holy Land


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Explore the Holy Land is Volume 2 in Master Book’s A Child’s Geography series. 4th - 8th grade students will learn about the culture and geography of the countries that make up the Holy Land: Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Written from a biblical worldview, this course also explores the conflicts of faith and crucial differences between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Parents love how it focuses on loving the people of this region and fulfilling the Great Commission.

A Look Inside

SKU M257-8
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 1.60
Title A Child's Geography
Subtitle Explore the Holy Land
Series A Child's Geography
Volume in Series 2
ISBN 13 9781683442578
Contributors Ann Voskamp, Tonia Peckover
Binding Paperback
Page Count 400
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 8 1/2 x 11

Explore the Holy Land offers your student a ticket to an unforgettable adventure through the six countries that make up the Holy Land. While learning the cultures and geography, the course guides your student to love God’s people in each country. Upper elementary students will enjoy engaging activities to help retain what they are learning including: creating recipes unique to the country, writing their own personal prayer to be placed in the Western Wall, researching native animal species, making art, and so much more.

Course Details:

  • Designed for 5th grade level students, able to be used for 4th – 8th grade
  • Scheduled 3 days a week over 36 weeks
  • Full color throughout
  • Hands-on activities for maximum student engagement and retention

Course Objectives:

  • Discover unique geological points of interest and fascinating geographical sites among the countries of Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.
  • Enjoy a photo-filled exploration of the history and the importance of many cities and natural wonders.
  • Explore how technology and innovation is changing desert life and the importance of natural resources to the economies and daily life of those who make the Holy Lands their home.

Course Components:

  • Reading
  • Memory Joggers serve as narration questions or chapter reviews
  • Adventure Challenges to reinforce concepts and aid in information retention
  • Mapping it Out allows students to recreate the map of the area they are studying
  • Travel Logs to record information they want to remember
  • A Tasty Tour offers an option to recreate the cuisine of the culture
  • Bring it Home includes music, simple art projects, suggested reading lists, poetry, and more
  • Go Into All the World helps your family pray for each area studied

Teachers Will Love:

  • Easy to implement schedule of lessons
  • Material lists for activities and recipes
  • 3-hole punched and perforated pages
  • Discipling students with a biblical worldview and focus on the Great Commission

Table of Contents

  • Teacher, Set the Course!
  • Material List
  • Schedule
  • Before Embarking
  • 1. Turkey: Directions to Eden, Please? [part I]
  • 2. Turkey: Directions to Eden, Please? [part II]
  • 3. Turkey: Directions to Eden, Please? [part III]
  • 4. Israel: The Land of Milk and Honey [part I]
  • 5. Israel: Farms in the Desert and the Healthy Dead Sea [part II]
  • 6. Israel: Howdy, Pilgrim! [part III]
  • 7. Egypt: Wearing Egypt [part I]
  • 8. Egypt: Navigating the Nile [part II]
  • 9. Egypt: Digging for Good Dirt [part III]
  • 10. Iraq: Tell-ing the Past! [part I]
  • 11. Iraq: River Ride! [part II]
  • 12. Iraq: Mixing Water and Oil [part III]
  • 13. Saudi Arabia: Migrations, Mecca, and Mosques [part I]
  • 14. Saudi Arabia: Treasures of a Hidden Kingdom [part II]
  • 15. Jordan: The Highway Men Came Riding [part I]
  • 16. Jordan: Rock of Ages [part II]
  • Glossary
  • Scripture Copywork Collection
  • Chapter Review Time
  • Final Exam
  • Answers Keys
  • Reference Maps
Review by Echo
My kids really enjoyed this book.
Excellent Book
Review by Marcy
While this book is written for an upper elementary age student, I really wanted to a Geography of the Holy Land class for my high schooler. I'm so glad I ordered this book! We have both learned so much and it is our favorite class this year. I've supplemented with historical fiction, videos (music, culture, and geography) and documentaries, and as the end of the year draws near, we're sad to be finishing up. We love that it's Biblically based and ties everything back to scripture. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the geography of the Middle East.
Review by Holli
I have never learned about this section of the world and was so excited to start this book with my 10-year-old. I read it aloud to him and he answers all the questions. We are both learning so much from this book and he really enjoys drawing the maps and gaining a sense of where everything is located. The pictures are beautiful and even my 5-year-old wants to see them and know what they are showing.
We started this early
Review by Carol
We couldn't wait to start this class, so we did! WE are learning a lot and can't wait to try the receipes!
Teachers/Parents will enjoy as much as their students!
Review by Christina
A fantastic geographical study of the Middle East filled with beautiful photos, fun activities, engaging content and a love of people and cultures. Designed to create an awareness of people, cultures, and religions, and an understanding of the One True God. Complete with an easy to follow schedule this curriculum is open and go - including supply lists and recipes. Fun and engaging, simple and yet comprehensive this is an amazing curriculum that you and your children will love and enjoy.
Just WOW!!!
Review by Julie
A Child's Geography Vol. 2: Explore the Holy Land is an absolutely beautiful curriculum. I was excitedly waiting for it to come out, but I couldn’t even imagine how wonderful it is, even better than I expected! It’s colorful, biblically sound, interactive, engaging, loaded with knowledge and fun activities for kids to solidify their learning. I personally didn’t know some of the things I learned there, and I’m happy for my kids to be able to learn it. I’d agree that it is for upper elementary age, but I’m sure even little ones can listen in and learn something from it. It’s a history with geography with Bible curriculum all in one. It talks about significant historical places of the Holy land. It is in the format of like a discussion with the child. Absolutely beautiful work! I highly recommended!

I received a free copy of the digital format of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.
The Holy Land
Review by SarahT
Designed for 5th-grade students and a three-day-a-week study, this resource gives great insight into the various places and lands of the three major religions of the world today.  Full-color photos, recipe ideas, and fun activities are found throughout the book!  Each chapter ends with an Adventure Challenge (short quiz to test student knowledge) that would easily be completed individually or as a verbal assessment.   Reference maps are included in the back of the book for additional student resources.  Additional resources include quizzes and tests and a final exam if desired. Very good family resource for studying the Holy Land!**This honest review was made after receiving the digital version of this resource for free. 
Amazing Biblically Sound Geography Course
Review by Becky
As a big fan of Volume 1, Explore His Earth, I was so excited to see that Volume 2, Explore the Holy Land, had been updated. This series is phenomenal. My kids love Explore the Holy Land because it is written to them, for them, instead of at them.

In this volume of A Child's Geography, you get to take a journey through the countries that make up the Holy Land, which includes Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Also touched on, at an age-appropriate level, are the differences between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, the major religions of this area.

This book is set up to follow a 36 week schedule, 3 days a week, allowing you to study each country for 4-6 weeks. I really appreciate this length of time because I find that my kids remember more as we are able to dig deeper.

Some stand-outs for me are as follows. The pictures included in the text are absolutely beautiful. The adventure challenges have great variety from lesson to lesson, so the worksheets never gets boring. I love that there is map work included. My kids love the travel logs at the end of each part, and their favorite thing to do are the tasty tours and trying out new foods. My favorite is the walk of prayer at the end of each country, it is such an amazing way to study geography.

As one who does as much family learning as possible, I have found this to be flexible in adapting to different ages and levels of learning. This course is a great addition to any homeschool family! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a biblically sound geography course.

I received a free copy of the digital format of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.
A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land
Review by Santina
Book Review for A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land
Oh, the variety and flexibility this book provides! The conversational approach to the text and scenic pictures in this book makes it an excellent read aloud resource for our whole family. This is a great book to read as a family, and then dig deeper with older ones throughout the day. The author invites the student to look at the geography of countries at both a closeup and broader view. One moment you are squeezing through narrow alleyways as you shop in a bazaar in Turkey, and next you are hopping onto a helicopter to observe the entire country as you imagine what the shape of Turkey looks like as well as identify the surrounding bodies of water. I appreciate how the author shares relatable examples to explain concepts. The unique Fairy Chimney rock formations of Cappadocia don’t seem as hard to understand when we grab a baseball cap, go for a walk, and observe the protections we receive from the rain and sun.
The activities are diverse and incorporate a variety of learning styles. My younger children (ages five and eight) enjoy listening to the text and getting involved with the maps, oral memory joggers, art, and cooking activities. The bold and italicized words help my ten-year-old to practice reading for important information independently. They are also helpful developing his budding notetaking and test taking skills. We like to make study notecards to help us apply what we’ve learned to the written assignments. My ten-year-old prefers to do short answer portions of the written assignments orally but loves to write his own entries into the travel log to record what he found most interesting. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of writing activities at the end of each travel log. Our highlights have been writing a poem and imagining ten ways you would improve a country if you were the child president for a day. Most importantly, I love how the author continually acknowledges and gives all glory and praise to God for His amazing creation of all the earth.
I received a free copy of the eBook format of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.
Review by Danielle
Explore the Holy Land is a beautiful and informative addition to our homeschool. I love being able to explore the countries we read about in the Bible. The course is bringing this history to life in a new and powerful way for our family. The author is able to weave Bible history, geography, and current information about these areas together seamlessly. The narrative style reads like an interesting discussion with a friend. And the pictures are gorgeous! I always skim through material before reading it with my children and I found myself just staring at all the gorgeous photos. This course includes a variety of activities for my children, including oral discussion questions, map work, a travel log, fill in the blanks, etc. There is also an easy to follow course schedule included. Though we always adapt our schedules, I appreciate being able to easily keep track of where we are and what still needs to be done. I highly recommend this homeschool resource to anyone who wants to learn more about this area and to “see” the history in the Bible in a new way.
I received this e-book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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