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Cantering the Country FAQ

How do I make a relief map?

A relief map is made by blowing up a map of the state or region you are studying. Trace the outline onto a piece of cardboard and cover with wax paper. The student takes the dough and fills the inside of the map. Then they add mountains, rivers, etc. and label them with toothpicks. It is really fun and it helps the student understand geographical landforms by actually creating them for the map.

What mapping activities do you recommend with Cantering the Country?

Cantering the Country lists several ways you can use the maps available. The younger child can simply color the map, an elementary child can find the capital and major landforms, such as rivers. lakes, mountain ranges, etc. The older student can locate all major cities, landforms, and plot where some of the famous individuals studied, lived, or worked. A really fun project is to make a relief map, either from salt dough or cookie dough (both recipes are in Cantering the Country)

Do I have to use Cantering the Country as a unit study, or can I use it to supplement other curriculum?

Cantering the Country is set up to be used as a unit study OR as a reference for other studies. If you are teaching US History it is a great supplement to learn more about the fifty states. It can also be used when taking a trip to another state. You have available maps, tourists information and literature from (or about) each state.

How many years can this unit study be used?

You can teach from Cantering the Country for 1-3 years depending upon how many of the assignment choices you use. When you study a place that your students have special interests in, feel free to spend more time and go into more depth.

Do I need to purchase a separate book for each student?

No, the book is a teacher guide and student resource. No student book is needed because each student will make their own notebook throughout the course.

Can I make copies of the flags, maps, and activities for my students?

Yes, the reproducibles are on a CD-ROM to make it more convenient to copy. You may make copies for each member of your family.

What other resources do I need?

The authors recommended a few core foundational books to have handy. They are not absolutely necessary to make use of Cantering the Country since many book choices are available at your local library, but it does make planning easier. The following books are mentioned throughout the curriculum.

  • Atlas of the United States by David Rubel
  • Considering God's Creation by Sue Mortimer & Betty Smith
  • Uncle Josh's Outline Map Book OR CD-ROM by Josh and Hannah Wiggers
  • Geography from A to Z by Jack Knowlton
  • Special Wonders of Our Feathered Friends by Buddy & Kay Davis
  • Earth Science for Every Kid by Janice Van Cleave
  • In God We Trust by Timothy Crater and Ranelda Hunsicker

Are the other books easy to find at the library or are they more obscure titles needing time and research?

Most books were found at the authors' local library. You may need to check your library for availability or select from similar topics that your library has on their shelves. The intent of the authors was to make it fairly simple to find the resources to use the curriculum.

If I buy Cantering the Country with the additional resources can I get a discount?

We offer discounts when you buy a bundle of resources that compliment Cantering the Country. See "Specials and Closeouts" section of our Website.

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