Travel Around the World with a Back to School Giveaway

Like many homeschool families and educators, I have spent a fair amount of time browsing the internet and making wish lists of books and curriculum I would like to have for the new school year. There are so great products and resources available that adhering to a budget can be troublesome if not near impossible.

“If only we could get curriculum for free!” I have often heard my friends proclaim. I am delighted to take part once again in the annual Back to School Toolkit Giveaway.

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Travel Around the World with a Back to School Giveaway

Back to School Giveaway

This year, I am giving away a geography themed basket loaded with resources that will provide you and your children with activities and lesson plans to keep you busy all year long.

wondermapsBright Ideas Press has donated their popular WonderMaps CD. Designed with easy-to-use layers that allow you to enjoy great customizable features with just a click, WonderMaps is the perfect addition to your geography resource library. WonderMaps was created not only with hundreds of world maps but also a large selection of historical maps that cover everything you need for The Mystery of History vols. I–III and All American History vols. I & II.

Also included in the Travel Around the World basket are the following resources:

Discovering China (Multicultural Education Series), by Dianna J. Sullivan, was written for grades 4-8. This paperback guide provides a great start to a unit study on the culture of China. It includes many printables and activities to learn a few Chinese phrases and to explore the Chinese calendar, holidays, folktales, and cultural traditions. It even includes recipes for popular stir fry! 48 page paperback

Australia: An Interdisciplinary Unit by Merle Davenport was developed for grades 6-8. It covers the physical geography of Australia as well as the cultural geography. Some of the activities include making your own Boomerang, creating a timeline of historical events, graphing natural resource exports, making a star projector to learn about the constellations to compare how navigation differs in the southern hemisphere, and learning the strike (slang) of Oz (Australia). 48 page paperback

galapagos unit

The Galápagos islands were originally called the “Enchanted Isles” because the capricious meandering of the Humboldt Current had the effect of making the islands disappear and reappear to passing ships. The Galápagos Across the Curriculum is a fun, hands-on life science unit study that provides ample opportunity for kids to explore the diversity and remarkable history of the islands.  This unit study is full of inquiry-based activities and lesson plans that can be easily integrated into a larger life science curriculum. 12 page eBook (PDF)

The perfect accompaniment to your Galápagos unit, Galapagos Bedtime Stories by Paula Tagle Saad is charming book with many watercolor depictions of the animals in the archipelago. As the protagonists of the tales, most of the tales are told from the perspective of the featured animal. Factual information about life cycle, habitat, feeding, etc. are woven throughout. It also includes a glossary of terms in the appendix.

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Find more giveaway baskets at the iHomeschool Network’s annual Back to School Toolkit Giveaway – Giveaways Galore! There are over 34 baskets!!


There are so many wonderful products in these baskets, I encourage you to enter them all.

You won’t want to miss Barb’s Handbook of Nature Study basket or Brenda’s Essential STEM Supplies.


About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

154 comments on “Travel Around the World with a Back to School Giveaway

  1. Wow! How exciting! This is going to be my first year homeschooling. My daughter who is 7 years old. We would be beyond blessed to win. Thanks you for this opportunity.

  2. We are planning on studying Europe and Australia this year and maybe some of Africa if we get to it.

  3. This is perfect timing! We are planning on studying World Geography Countries and Cultures this year. This basket would be a wonderful blessing for our family! Thank you!

  4. We are doing a big study on Africa as we have a very close friend who spent a year there as a missionary and my daughter wants to learn more about the culture.

  5. This would be a perfect addition to our plans to start studying world geography this year! Since our autistic son has issues not being able to understand new concepts easily, it may be a challenging year. We’re introducing places it won’t be easy to visit without a plane and passport! Quite a lot of our past homeschooling years included field trips to help him better understand what we were teaching.

    • We plan on starting our world geography lessons with Egypt probably. Maybe Greece? Somewhere in that area of the world. Haven’t really decided yet since we’re trying to finish up our US history and geography lessons.

  6. We are doing Five in a Row so we will be “visiting” many places. I am stockpiling as much geography resources as I can. It’s a fun subject and having wonderful resources certainly helps me keep the girls interested, engaged and loving to learn!

  7. We studying the ancient world in history and are planning to really focus on the Middle East for geography!

  8. We are doing a basic overview of geography to learn continents, countries, oceans, etc. for my younger students. We are also studying the Americas in depth with older students. Would love to win!

  9. We’ll be doing US geography to go with our Modern History. We may hit some other countries through the year.

  10. We’re doing a survey of the 4 major historical time periods and their locations in preparation for the next 4 years of high school when we study each in more detail.

  11. We will be doing a survey of the whole world this year, so these books would be helpful. Thanks for the great giveaway. 🙂

  12. We dip in and out of different countries as the interest hits, but having a Galapagos unit would definitely lead us in that direction!

  13. We are studying all of them, but not in depth. We are reading about different missionaries and learning about the places they went to. Next year we will choose the one we found most interesting to study in depth.

  14. We will probably study Europe as my 4th child is spending her senior year of high school in Germany in a student exchange program.

  15. We will study Alaska for sure since one of their older brothers is getting a job there. My oldest daughter lives in Taiwan so we continually look for things to learn more about Asia.

  16. We’re taking a trip around the world with Confessions of a Homeschooler’s “Expedition Earth” and using Veritas Press for geography that centers on the European regions. (Because we’re studying the middle ages!)

  17. We are going to study the United States! Hey we’re in Kindergarten, gotta start close to home!

  18. My son chose to concentrate on North & South America this year. We’ll see if we get much beyond the USA 🙂

  19. My middle daughter has requested a study of China this year so that is in the plans. She reads everything she can get her hands on about China. I’ll be adding Discovering China to our list of resources to look for if we don’t win this one. – Lori H

  20. We’re studying year two of Diana Waring’s History Revealed, which takes us from AD 30 to 1799. (WOW!) So we will be focusing mostly on Europe, but will touch on other regions -including the Americas- as we move through the year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Our theme this year is Rome to the Reformation, so we’ll be studying a lot of the European areas. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this fun giveaway!

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