It can be very difficult to find an engaging history curriculum. Since it’s typically not possible to visit and experience the important events in history, most social studies programs are based on books, tests and quizzes. This does not work for our kids, and probably not yours either. This is why we were so excited to get the opportunity to review Project Passport World History Studies from Home School in the Woods. For the last few weeks our family has been “travelling” through Ancient Egypt without even leaving our home. Here is what we found as we traveled with Home School in the Woods.
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A Little About Home School In The Woods
Home School In The Woods is a company that provides hands-on history curriculum with multiple product lines. Some of these great product lines include:
- Hands-on History Lap-Paks
- Project Passport World History Studies
- Time Travelers American History
- Hands-on History Activity-Paks
- Hands-on History Activity Studies
- À La Carte Timelines
A Little About Project Passport World History Studies
The Project Passport World History Studies take students on “travels” to other times and places in history. Each study is set up as if your child is taking a trip. There are travel itineraries, a scrapbook project, postcards, and so many more hands-on activities to keep your child engaged as they learn.
This is a digital download that includes everything you will need outside of the necessary items to complete the activities and projects. Please note that in the beginning there is quite a lot of printing to complete, so you may want to have extra ink and computer paper to get started.
As your child progresses through the study, he or she will have the opportunity to try new foods, create things from different time periods, and learn about the different cultures. This is not a book curriculum, though there are a few pages to read with most of the lessons. Instead, this is a hands-on, immersive style of learning that will have your child up and moving.
They have quite a few times and places you can visit, including:
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Greece
- The Middle Ages
- Renaissance & Reformation
Now that we have used Ancient Egypt, I am so excited to see that Ancient Rome is available from the Project Passport World History Studies! This means that the complete series download of Project Passport Collection is available.
A Little About Ancient Egypt
We had the opportunity to learn about Ancient Egypt. During this study we were “transported” in time back to 3100BC – 30BC during the time of the pyramids and the pharaohs. With this study, we have been able to taste some of the cuisine of the day with recipes that have been included. We have also been able to see what the dress was like, as well as how the bricks that were used to create the structures of the day were created.
Each lesson is broken up into “stops.” At each “stop,” there are various activities to complete. The first couple of stops were spent creating the items that will be needed as you progress through the program. Just like on any trip, you need to pack the essential items. For this “trip” some of these include the postcard stand, the map, the scrapbook, and the passport. After you are “packed” and ready to go on your adventure, the learning really gets started.
There are a few items that help you navigate your trip. These include the itineraries and the symbols. There are two itineraries. The first is an overall guide of the many stops you will visit along the way, and the second is the detailed guide that goes with each “stop.” Don’t forget to read these, or you will be lost in your journey. Each “stop” also includes important symbols that will tell you what kind of activity you will be doing.
Because this is a hands-on curriculum, you will be doing a lot of projects. Luckily, there are many projects to choose from, and most of the items needed to complete the projects can be found around the house. This makes it much easier to be prepared and keep your kids interested.
How We Used This In Our Home
We worked about an hour per day three to four days per week working through the study. The boys were not super excited about all of the “getting ready” activities there were in the beginning. If your kids do not like to cut and paste, you may want to do the initial preparations for them. These really do not take that long, and my boys were happily surprised once we got to the hands-on learning activities that begin around stop 3.
During our time in Ancient Egypt we have learned a lot. We are not through the entire trip yet, but already we feel like we know a lot more about the time period, the culture and the everyday life of the Ancient Egyptian people.
You can see below some of the things we were able to see and do during our “travels.”
Seth (age 12)
“I really liked that they have lots of hands-on projects. It helps me remember my learning better. I think that the way they set up the Ancient Egypt curriculum, it makes it a fun way to learn about Egypt. My favorite hands-on projects were making mud bricks and Egyptian-style bread,”
Zach (age 16)
“Learning about Ancient Egypt was fun, because it was hands-on. And it was not textbook with reading and then taking a test or a quiz. My favorite part so far is doing the projects.”
“I really like this curriculum as it is hands-on and engaging. It really brings the subject to life and provides opportunities for your student to experience the things they are learning about. It is sort of like having a virtual field trip in your home each day. I do think that this curriculum would be best for the middle school age group, but could be adapted for older or younger students as well. If you were using this for older students, you would need to add supplementary things such as research based projects.”
Review Crew Thoughts…
You don’t have to take our word for it though. Other members of the Review Crew team have been working to bring you a great review as well. In fact, you will be able to see other product lines from Home School in the Woods, as each family had the opportunity to work with a different product. To check out the other reviews simply click on the link below.