Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
History is one of the most underrated subjects. As parents, and teachers, we want to be sure that our children are good readers, and great at math, but learning about the history of our world is just as important. Afterall, the history is what has gotten us to the present. Last year, my family was able to review Home School in the Woods, a company designed to make history more exciting for children. When we were given the opportunity to review it again this year, we jumped at the chance. This year we were chosen to review Project Passport World History Studies Ancient Greece.
ABOUT HOMESCHOOL IN THE WOODS
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. 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. 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.
Project Passport World History Studies Ancient Greece is a digital product. All of the course materials are downloaded into a zip folder, and organized into smaller folders such as Images, PDF’s, MP3’s, and Lapbook.
Each lesson plan is found under the PDF’s folder under itineraries.
There are 25 of these “stops”. The itineraries show what materials are needed and give step-by-step directions on how the lesson should flow.
Each itinerary also provides a variety of activities. These activities creating postcards, creating a “Snapshot Moments in History” Scrapbook timeline, and writing newspaper articles about significant events in the history of the civilization. Click here to read a blog about why creating newspaper articles are important to the understanding of history.
For more information about what a “Project Passport” unit is, read this blog article from the creator, Amy, by clicking here.
Each itinerary “stop” has a guide book text that the user would read through. This guidebook text, provides them with information about the concept they are studying.
To make the lessons more exciting for children, MP3’s from a tour guide Graham, and his tour group Trojan Horse Tours. Throughout the tour, children get to listen to information about the Olympic Games, and other significant events in Ancient Greece history.
An overview of the unit is provided, to help the teacher plan their days. The recommended time frame for this unit is 6-12 weeks. This helps the user schedule their stops in a beneficial way.
How Did We Use It?
We used Project Passport World History Studies Ancient Greece two to three times a week. By doing this we were able to get through 14 “stops” during the review period. However, we will be completing all “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 “Greek Weekly” newspapers were used by all three of my children. They took turns cutting, gluing, and writing articles.
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.
The collage below shows samples of my children’s work throughout this unit, thus far.
What Did We Think?
Project Passport World History Studies Ancient Greece is amazing. Everything is laid out and organized with very little planning on my behalf. I simply had to print the materials that I needed for every lesson. The activities are very hands-on, and interactive. My children were able to learn about Ancient Greece in a way that they couldn’t have learned simply by reading in a textbook. There was never a dull moment, or a groan when working.
The only downside was the amount of ink and paper we used. We attempted to copy only the pages that were of absolute importance, and by sharing things such as the newspaper and timeline.
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