Learning about the past is something that we take seriously in our house. Learning where we come from and how our society has gotten to the level of advancement that it has attained is important to us. We are always on the lookout for products that will teach history in a variety of learning styles. I was so excited to be given the opportunity to review Project Passport World History Studies-The Middle Ages from Home School in the Woods.
About The Publisher
Home School in the Woods is a family run company, comprised of 6 people. The president, Amy Pak, is responsible for the creation of the materials. She develops the curriculum, the illustrations and does some of the writing. Her son, Jaron Pak, is the chief researcher and author of the curriculums. Her other sons Sam Pak and Jonah Pak are also important members of the company. Sam is in charge of product fulfillment and processing, whereas Jonah is the CEO and webmaster of the company. Her daughter, Hayley Baker is in charge of customer service.
Amy was a homeschool parent who struggled with the thought of teaching history. However, as she began to explore the use of the timelines in the study of history, using a variety of materials she fell in love with history and began creating materials that helped make history fun and interactive.
About The Product
Project Passport World History Studies-The Middle Ages is a digital download, meaning that it can be utilized by multiple users with one purchase. Students work through 25 “stops” complete with itineraries (lesson plans) that provide the user with hands-on activities and projects.
Each itinerary also provides a variety of activities that pertain to that topic. These activities include recipes for them to create (for more information as to why historical recipes are important to learning history, click here), buildings to design and build, newspaper articles, postcards from significant historical figures, and a “Snapshot Moments in History” Scrapbook timeline.
A key at the beginning of each itinerary allows the teacher to see what activities the students will be completing.
Each stop has guide book text that the user reads through, providing them with detailed information about the concept they are studying.
Included in some lessons are dramatized audio tours with “Knight in Shining Armor Tours”. The tour guide Agatha, and coach driver Brian take the user around various stops to learn more about life during the Middle Ages.
An overview of each of the 25 “stops” provide the homeschool teacher with the ability to see the entire unit in a quick and easy way.
The recommended time frame for use is 8-12 weeks, which allows the user the freedom to schedule the stops in a strategic and beneficial way.
How Did We Use It?
Since it is our summer vacation, we only used two to three times a week. This has enabled us to get through 15 “stops” during the review period, however, we will be completing all 25 “stops”.
We completed a lot of our activities by working together, both to save time and paper. For example, our “Snapshot Moments in History” Scrapbook Timeline and “The Medieval Times” newspapers were used by all three of my children.
They took turns writing articles or cutting/coloring/gluing the timeline images. These were kept in an area that all three children had access to. Timelines are very important to the learning of history. Home School in the Woods provides a blog post detailing why. To view it, click on the image of the timeline that we have been using in Project Passport World History Studies-The Middle Ages.
Postcards, and other “Scrapbook of Sights” souvenirs, such as their recipe menus, were completed by each child and stored in their own individual notebook/binder.
To organize the digital materials, I created one main digital folder entitled “Home School in the Woods”. In this folder, I created 25 individual folders, and moved all documents for each individual stop into their corresponding folder.
For the text, I allowed my PDF viewer to read the text aloud to my children.
What Did We Think?
A mom’s perspective-
Project Passport World History Studies-The Middle Ages is very hands-on, and interactive. My children learned about the Middle Ages in a variety of ways incorporating various learning styles such as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. We thoroughly enjoyed the projects in which we got to create items. Perhaps our favorite was creating hats like Robin Hood, as we were reading this story at the time of our review.
Another favorite was the creation of edible “gold coins” using pure maple sugar. We are very excited to assemble our historical lapbooks, so that we can collect all our materials and store them in one place.
One of the only issues that I found with this product is that it requires a lot of paper and printing. We conserved paper by not printing out the itineraries, or text pages, as it wasn’t vital for my children to have physical copies of these. However, since it was a digital product, we were given the ability to use one product with all three children, making it more cost effective.
A kid’s perspective-
I really liked learning about the Middle Ages. My favorite part was writing in the newspaper. I felt like I was an actual journalist, but I was able to use the information that I learned to write my story.
I loved learning about the clothing that they wore during that time, and how you could tell a person’s class by the clothing they were wearing. I don’t think it is fair that the royalty was able to have the nicer clothes, but the serfs had to wear very simple clothing.
I didn’t mind learning during my summer vacation. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but the Middle Ages were neat. I liked learning about the castles that the kings lived in. I also liked learning about the knights and jousting. I really liked the audio tours. The woman, Agatha, that was the tour guide had a really funny accent.
The Middle Ages were really neat to learn about. I loved making the hats like Robin Hood would wear. I used my toy bow and arrow to pretend I was Robin Hood. I also really liked the timeline. It was neat putting all of the pieces on there and seeing the order of events that things happened.
Looking For More?
Home School in the Woods has many products available for purchase. In addition to the Middle Ages Project Passport, they also have Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome (this is their newest), and the Renaissance and Reformation. If you would like to watch a video about their Project Passport products, click on the following image.
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