Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew Review: Home School in the Woods

My son and I recently had the privilege of reviewing HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece (digital copy) from Home School in the Woods as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. This product made teaching World History easy and frustration free and actually engaged my son in the learning process, which is an impressive feat.

Since he was younger, my son has never enjoyed studying history unless it was directly related to him. American History has been his favorite because we live in the United States of America. He gets excited to learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. When we went to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, he looked at me with awe on his face and said reverently, "I'm walking on the same ground that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin all walked." Whenever we've tried to work on World History in the past, my son would become frustrated. If we tried to discuss other belief systems aside from Christianity, he would say that Civilization was "stupid."

What makes Project Passport: Ancient Greece different?

First of all, Project Passport: Ancient Greece contains a dozen 3-D projects and over a dozen lap book projects for fun, interactive, hands-on learning. When my son can make a visual project to reinforce what he's been learning, it helps him recall details much more easily and makes learning more interesting. Next, Project Passport: Ancient Greece provides over an hours worth of dramatized audio that takes your child on a tour of Ancient Greece with Graham, your tour guide, and Blaine, your coach driver, with Trojan Horse Tours as you visit Sparta, Athens, Troy, the Olympic Games, and meet various figures from history. These stories place your child in the middle of the action and help history come to life. When my son is engaged in learning, again it makes his retention and recall that much better. Project Passport also has an Interactive Scrapbook Timeline that helps children keep track of important people and events from Ancient Greece.

Samples of our own handiwork from Project Passport Ancient Greece:

Our Greek Soldier from the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport
World History Study: Ancient Greece Unit

Our Trojan Horse from Project Passport Ancient Greece
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What Else Should I Know About Project Passport Ancient Greece?

Project Passport: Ancient Greece is geared toward children in grades 3 through 8. Yet, this curriculum can be adapted for use by older students which is what we did. My son is in grade 9 and is classified Special Education. He learns best with hands-on activities and stories that capture his attention. Therefore, this curriculum is a blessing! I plan to utilize the other Project Passports with him next year as we make our way through World History. A class I was dreading has suddenly turned into a class I look forward to teaching. Furthermore, Project Passport provides you with teacher keys, travel tips, lists of additional resources, and a Travel Itinerary with project directions. You can print out what you will need for each day's instruction. This way, you can print out the essentials and save printer ink by not printing out non-essential papers. For example, I typically don't print out directions but keep them up on the computer to read as we progress through the lesson. I do print all of the necessary, hands-on activities my child will be using that specific day. Since my son has a writing disability, I didn't print out the creative writing notebooking pages because he will utilize a computer for his writing. Finally, we utilized the download version of Project Passport, which was quite simple to download and access each portion once it was on our computer. You can purchase a CDROM version if you prefer a hard copy.

We are looking forward to utilizing Home School in the Woods' other HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Units: Ancient Egypt, The Middle Ages, and Renaissance & Reformation, which are available now, as well as Ancient Rome, which will be available in 2018, to supplement our World History lessons next year.

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You can read more reviews on Home School in the Woods products HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passports World History Unit Study: Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, The Middle Ages, and Renaissance & Reformation on the Homeschool Review Crew Blog.

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