We are really enjoying supplementing our homeschool curriculum with unit studies. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been exploring and learning about Ecuador with Walking with the Waodani, the newest study from Home School Adventure Co.
About Walking with the Waodani
Walking with the Waodani is the newest unity study by Home School Adventures Co. For the purposes of this study I received a “preview copy” in PDF format of the first two lessons initially, followed by Lesson 3 a few days ago. Once released, the digital edition will cost about $14.95 and the print edition is expected to cost about $18.95.
Each lesson in the study incorporates history, geography, creative writing and worldview studies. Included in each lesson are:
- Lesson Introduction – which includes the nickname of the territory that is being studied.
- People and Places – includes maps, statitics and facts, as well as stories about persons and events related to the territory being studied.
- Meals and Markets – some lessons include authentic Ecuadorean recipes that your student can rate as they take on the role of food critic, while other lessons describe food that only the most adventurous families would eat.
- Animals and Agriculture – featuring plants and animals found in Ecuador’s ecosystem.
- Worlds and Worldview – includes religious, philosophical, or ideological perspectives and influences impactingEcuador.
- Links to websites, books an DVDs or further study.
Each lesson also includes a travel journal, complete with notebooking pages, mapping, rating a recipe, drawing an animal and creative free writing. At the end of the study are vocabulary words in a section called The Wonderful World of Words.
How We Used This Study
We managed to get through the first two lessons during the review period, allowing ourselves to take two weeks to complete one lesson. We are just beginning lesson three now.
My son read several pages of each lesson a couple of times a week. As read, he worked on the vocabulary words found in the lesson, and answered the questions from the travel journal. After he completed each lesson, he worked on the mapping and other pages located in the travel journal. Although we did not get very far with the free writing portion of the unit study just yet (my son is a reluctant writer so we opted for verbal explanation instead) I love the questions as they really put your student in the time and place, with all of their senses.
At the end of Lesson Two we moved through some of the links offered. We read an article about edible bugs, learned about a giant Anaconda, and watched the trailer for the movie, End of the Spear, which we plan to watch together as a family soon.
Overall, my son really enjoyed the Walking with the Waodani study. He loved learning about Ecuador, it’s people and culture, and is very curious about the events surrounding the missionaries who were killed there. We look forward to completing the study in the next couple of weeks and watching the movie, End of The Spear soon as a family and having further discussion.
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