Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Home School in the Woods Review

I have been a fan of Home School in the Woods for a long time now, so I was thrilled when I was chosen to review HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation.

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study
A homeschooling family of six, the Pak family started Home School in the Woods in 2002 when they published their first set of timeline figures. From there they branched out, creating more and more products that help make history come alive.
The Renaissance & Reformation study has 25 lessons, or “stops” that are designed be completed over 8-12 weeks, depending on how many lessons per week you decide to do. Each stop includes all the information needed for that section. However, if your child finds a topic particularly interesting, there is a book list included to help you dig deeper.
For each stop there is a Guide Book Text, which includes all the facts and information you need for the lesson. There is also the Travel Itinerary that gives you a list of the activities for that stop, as well as all the instructions for each activity. Some of the activities for each stop include:
  • Scrapbook of Sights-souvenirs to make along the way
  • Snapshot Moments in History timeline
  • Renaissance Reporter Newspaper
  • Wish You Were Here postcards
  • Dining Out Guide-a chance to try out some recipes of this era
  • and more!

How We Used It:

There is a TON to this study! The first thing I did, after buying some fun colorful paper, was spend some quality time with my printer. The first stop was the Introduction, and included setting up a lot of the pieces we would use throughout the study. I found it easier to print a few stops at a time instead of trying to print the entire guide at once. The first stop definitely includes the most pages to print, though, as it includes the Passport and Luggage folder (fun!), timeline pages and figures, the newspaper pages, as well as the first lapbook project. So I printed the first six stops, and got everybody all set up and organized with their own binder.

We would start each lesson by reading the Guide Book text out loud. This is where the teaching of the material came in. Next we looked at the Travel Itinerary to see what activities to do. Since I printed everything ahead of time, all the pages we needed were in my binder ready to go. These activities are what brought the reading alive.

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I love that everything we needed was included in one place. All I had to do was print all the pages, and request some books from the library. (Just for fun because we like books. The Guide Book was thorough and informative. You don’t need anything more. Plus, there was a book list. I can’t resist a good book list to choose from. ) The thing we loved most about this study, in addition to the beautiful graphics and the overall visual appeal of it,  is the great variety of activities. The girls have written newspaper articles and ads, listened to audio tours, created art, done postcards and fun lapbook pieces—all while learning about the Renaissance & Reformation. Instead of just reading about it, they got to immerse themselves in the time period and learn through hands-on activities that have helped reinforce their learning. They call this study the “fun” history, which I think says it all!

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HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation is available as a download for $33.95. We loved this study so much, I’m looking forward to trying Home School in the Woods newest Passport to History: Ancient Greece next. Be sure to look for Ancient Rome in 2018, too! You will not be disappointed!

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