Calling all hands-on learners! If you have a hands-on learner in your house, you may be interested in learning more about Home School in the Woods. Recently we were picked to review Time Travelers U.S. History Studies. We chose to review The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. Here is what we found…
A Little Bit About Home School in the Woods
Home School in the Woods is a family oriented company. Some of their creators are even homeschool parents. They know how difficult it can be do try and teach a subject when kids are not all that interested. This is actually why they created Home School in the Woods. They have several products to help bring history to life, making the job of teaching social studies much more fun.
The products the Review Crew is focusing on for this review include the following:
- New World Explorers
- Colonial Life
- The American Revolution
- The Early 19th Century
- The Civil War
- The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
- World War II
- Ancient Egypt
- The Middle Ages
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- Renaissance & Reformation
A Little Bit About Time Travelers U.S. History Studies
Time Travelers U.S. History Studies is a series covering important events in American history from the new world through World War II. There are a total of seven studies. Each one comes in a digital format with text, projects and printable activities. There is also a parent section with instructions on how to complete the activities. Because these are so hands-on, they would also work great in a co-op setting. There are licenses available for families, teachers, and schools.
A Little Bit About The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression covers a span of about 70 years and focuses of course on The Industrial Revolution. In this study you will find important events such as the Chicago Fire, the invention of the airplane, and the World’s Fair. During the study your child is encouraged to read about the key events and people in this time period. Then they complete activities that will help them remember these moments in greater detail. There are also fact cards that can be used in fun learning games.
How We Used This Product
Since this review takes place during the summer, we had a little bit more relaxed approach. We did not complete a lesson every day. Instead it was more like three times per week for about an hour. Before we could begin, the boys had to put together several items and store them in their binder. These included penmanship pages, a newspaper and a timeline, which are used throughout the study.
Things We Liked
The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression is a very hands-on study. Some of our favorite activities included building an interactive map and making a Shepard’s Pie. A great way to really learn about history is to cook a meal inspired by that time. For more information on how to incorporate meals into your study, check out this post from Home School in the Woods.
Most lessons allow students to choose which activities they wish to complete. There were many times that each of the boys completed different projects. This gave them so much more to talk about, as they weren’t working on exactly the same thing.
Things We Thought Could Be Improved
My boys are not really into cut and paste projects, so having more projects that involve other types of hands-on activities would be great. Last year we reviewed Project Passport History Studies – Ancient Egypt. This study had a lot of hands-on activities that did not require cutting and pasting. We would love to see more of the same kinds of activities with the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies as well.
Zach (age 17)
“This study has a lot of cutting and gluing and I would prefer other types of hands-on activites. I did really like the timeline, because it showed all of the events in order of when they happened. This way you can easily see how history progressed and what was happening around the time of the important events.”
Seth (age 13)
“My favorite project in this study was the World’s Fair booklet. The text pages had a lot of information, and I really liked getting to learn about the Chicago World’s Fair and making a booklet. It is nice to have a choice of projects. It is a lot of printing, cutting and pasting though.”
“I love that this study is full of fun activities and great information. There is a lot of printing though. We went through quite a bit of paper and ink. I would love to see more activities that require less printing.”
Review Crew Thoughts…
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