Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Home School in the Woods Review

As you may already know, we are huge fans of Home School in the Woods around here. So even though we’re on a summer schedule right now that usually includes the basics like math and reading, I jumped at the chance to review one of their Lap-Paks! I chose Wonders of the World, and it’s been a fun addition to the same old thing!


Hands-On History Lap-Pak: Wonders of the World 
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, making them a go to hands-on history company for homeschooling families with multiple product lines.

The Lap-Paks series includes Benjamin Franklin and Knights for grades K-2, and U.S. Elections, The 20th Century in America, and Wonders of the World for grades 3-8, with more titles to come.
Wonders of the World covers Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Natural Wonders. Through reading and hands-on activities, students learn about:

Ancient Wonders:

  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Statue of Zeus of Olympia
  • Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • The Pharos (Lighthouse) of Alexandria

Medieval Wonders:

  • Stonehenge
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • The Colosseum
  • The Hagia Sophia
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
  • The Lost Porcelain Pagoda

Modern Wonders:

  • The Channel Tunnel
  • The CN Tower
  • The Empire State Building
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Itaipu Dam
  • The Panama Canal
  • The Netherlands North Sea Protection Works

Natural Wonders:

  • Mount Everest
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Northern Lights
  • The Harbor of Rio de Janiero
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Paricutin: The Volcano in a Cornfield
  • Victoria Falls

Hands-On History Lap-Pak: Wonders of the World
How we used it, and what we thought:
My printer and I always get to spend some quality time together when we start a new Home School in the Woods project. I usually break the printing up into two sittings. The Wonders of the World Lap-Pak has 23 projects to complete, and includes an Introduction, Text Assignments and Directions, Text booklet, Directions for Lapbook assembly, and all of the projects. I printed all of this in the first sitting, along with all of the pieces for the first half of the projects. Everything you need to complete this Lap-Pak is included in well-organized convenient PDF files; all you need to add is paper and ink, and a few common household items.

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One thing I really liked about The Wonders of the World is that they include audio files of all of the lesson text. Usually we read the text aloud, and then do the project that goes with the text. This time we’ve been listening to the audio instead of reading the text, and it’s been a fun change. This has been a great summer study to do while we didn’t have any specific history planned. My 13 and 11 year old love the hands-on projects, and have been really enjoying learning all about the different Wonders of the World.

Whether you’re looking for something to complement your curriculum, or something that stands alone, Home School in the Woods truly has something for everyone. From their Time Travelers American History Studies to their Timeline Trio, you’re guaranteed to find something you never knew you needed, but can’t live without! We used Renaissance & Reformation from the HISTORY Through the Ages: Project Passport World History Studies earlier this year, and loved it! My girls kept asking when we could do the “fun” history!

Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew were blessed to review a large array of their products. Be sure to click on the banner below to read more! Also, Home School in the Woods is rolling out something new and SO exciting! A la Carte gives you the option to purchase individual projects without having to purchase the whole unit. Enter “alacarte” in the discount code bar to receive a free Eerie Canal project! So much to check out!
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