Book Review | Explorers of the New World
Author: Carla Mooney
As a homeschooling mom, I am always interested in discovering creative resources to supplement our curriculum and Explorers of the New World-Discover the Golden Age of Exploration by Carla Mooney is an exceptional find. This book is perfect for homeschooling families, elementary social studies or history teachers and parents whose children love to explore. Though it is geared towards children ages 9-12, my 1st grader is enjoying many of the projects and activities in this book including making a paper mache globe and learning how to tie a sailor’s knot. We even learned how to make coconut milk from a coconut we gathered from a neighbor’s palm tree. There is lots of interesting information and facts presented in this book dedicated to the most famous world explorers (and even ones that I was not familiar with too). I like how the author makes learning about this topic fun and interesting for young explorers. I also appreciate that you don’t need a lot of fancy (or expensive) materials to do the 22 projects in this book. In fact, I had virtually everything we needed (except for the coconut which our neighbor graciously gave us) around the house. Since my children are younger than the recommended age for this book and it’s projects, I did provide additional hands on adult supervision however this book is designed for older children (ages 9 and up) to easily complete the activities with minimal adult input needed and it teaches interesting skills such as map-making, meteorology (my son’s favorite subject) and navigation. Explorers of the New World-Discover the Golden Age of Exploration is the first title by author, Carla Mooney that I have read as of yet but it is part of a series called, “Build it Yourself.” I will definitely be learning more about these additional titles as well as other educational books from this author and Nomad Press. Overall, I am quite impressed with this educational yet fun learning resource for children and look forward to reading more works by this author.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*