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Wednesday, March 1

Travelling Song (Passenger)

As y’all well know, we love to learn through travel, but international travel isn’t really an option for us right now.  That doesn’t mean, however, that the kids don’t have a hankering to get out of the country!  When we stumbled upon the Case of Adventure series, by Karyn Collett, we were pleasantly surprised to see that it’s like taking a virtual vacation.  The book focuses on a homeschooling family that travels around the world.  During their first adventure, Cuckoo Clock Secrets in Switzerland, the family journeys to solve a mystery surrounding an ancient coin found inside their family heirloom...

I have to admit that my knowledge of Switzerland was limited to Swiss cheese, good chocolate, and the movie Heidi, so I got to learn quite a bit alongside the kids!  The books are written with such beautiful detail that you feel like you’re really travelling with the family, and the author has included a bonus video page to help you visualize and actually see some of the sights mentioned in the story.
Each book in the series has an accompanying unit study, and these are really well done…very comprehensive.   The Destination Switzerland unit study is quite extensive, and you can download a FREE Maps Pack to accompany it.  We opted for the Mega Travel Pack, which is filled with spy gear and secret codes for the older kids, but also has a lot of pretend play elements for the younger ones.  If you wanted to get this involved, you could use the components of the travel pack to set up an entire airport, train station, restaurant, hotel, and Switzerland scene – acting out five different scenes!  (Scroll to the bottom to see everything in the Mega Travel Activity Pack.)
There are twelve chapters in the book, and we finished it in two days.  Originally, we had planned to spread it out over a week, but the kids enjoyed it so much that we set some other schoolwork aside and just focused on the book and activities.  There are so many little things to learn within each chapter – like how cuckoo clocks are made, all about fondue and cheese-making, and the history of the Protestant Reformation.  When we studied the cheese-making part, we had to stop and reminisce about our trip to Wisconsin and the fantastic cheese up there!!
Most families will probably choose to complete the unit study in twelve days, or possibly more…adopting a less breakneck speed that mine opted for.  After each chapter, we stopped and completed the unit study activities.  At the end of each chapter in the book are research ideas and questions.  The Teacher’s Guide, which is included in the unit study guide, and it includes web links, lapbooking suggestions, discussion questions, and more.  One thing I would have preferred is for the lapbook components to be clearly marked for which chapter they corresponded to, but it just meant some extra time for me to get things sorted.  The Teacher’s Guide is a must-have if you’re going to do anything beyond reading the book aloud!
Overall, the kids had such a good time with this unit that we’re already keeping an eye out for the soon-to-be-released Scotland book and unit study that are coming in 2017!

The virtual journey to Switzerland reminded us an awful lot of our real trips to we had to go back and reminisce about :
For your own Case of Adventure : Switzerland unit study, try these!
Note : The book does talk about missionaries, Christian history, and Bible study, but this is not a religion-based unit study.  The curriculum and activities are not a Bible curriculum.  We received the Switzerland unit in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are our own.

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