Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ Ancient Greece from Home School in the Woods

We are extremely excited to share with you another fantastic product from Home School in the Woods. Today, I get to tell you all about History Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece. This is the newest product from Homeschool in the Woods. Just a little FYI, they are working on Ancient Rome. It will be released in 2018. 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

Home School in the Woods is a homeschool curriculum company started by The Pak family. The journey began during their own homeschooling journey. Amy Pak, the mom, dreaded teaching history to her crew and wanted a history curriculum that would be fun to teach, fun to learn (not boring), and filled with a tons of facts and information. 
What's the point of teaching something if the kids are not going to remember it? 
The Pak family set out to fix this. They definitely have brought history to life. It's no longer boring. Its rather exciting!  Home School in the Woods offers a wide selection of products for homeschooling families to choose from.

Timeline Materials
Map Sets
Time Travelers U.S. History Studies
Project Passport World History Studies

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

Activity Paks (Bible, Music, Artist)
Lap Paks (U.S. Elections, Wonders of the World, Knights, Benjamin Franklin)

We've reviewed a few of these products before and used a few others in our own homeschooling journey. 

In fact, we just finished up Time Travelers: The Civil War. We'll be using their Time Travelers: Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression and Time Travelers: World War II later in this year.

For this review, we received the digital download version of History Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece. 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

If you'd prefer, they do offer a CD version of this product. The Cd version is $34.95, while the digital download version is $33.95. Please keep in mind that prices are subject to change. I've used both types in the past. Either version is easy to use and contains the same material.

So What is Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece?

Project Passport: Ancient Greece is a hands-on history curriculum for students in grades 3rd through 8th. It utilizes lap booking, notebooking, timelines, maps, and fun projects to help students learn all about Ancient Greece. The study guide can be used a couple times a week and covers an 8-12 week term. It could be longer if you want to move at a slower pace. 
The Download (or CD) come with a Guide Book Text to read on a specific topic, a Travel Itinerary for projects and their directions, and a Masters guide for teachers/students of all the printables that come with this study guide.
Project Passport leads you on a 25 stop tour of Ancient Greece! You'll visit beautiful places, witness exciting events from history, and learn about some amazing people. Some of the topics that students will cover are Athens and Sparta, the Greek government, everyday life of the Greek people, Greek food, education, great literature, advancements in science, myths and legends, religion, Greek wars, the arts, and of course philosophy. There is no way you can study Ancient Greece without studying the great philosophers from there.
While on their travels, students will get to work on some fun, educational activities.

Creative Writing Exercises
Recipes from Greece (this is educational , yet tasty)
A Greece Game to Play
Souvenir Crafts
Postcards from Famous People
History Timeline
Various Lap Book Activities 

Project Passport: Ancient Greece contains a wealth of information. It provides students with a wonderful understanding of Ancient Greece. They will gain a wealth of knowledge about Ancient Greece while having fun. 
We love hands-on learning in this house!

So How Did We Used Project Passport: Ancient Greece?

We added this journey to our weekly schedule. We worked on it 2-3 times a week depending on what we had going on during the week. You know how some weeks are just way more hectic than others. It was easy to follow and implement into our lessons. The lessons are clearly explained and well laid out. Prepping for the lessons is probably the hardest part.

For me, I like to print everything out. I make a binder for me with all the masters, itinerary, text sections, and the teacher keys. I love to have things all ready to go. Because I like to print all the materials out at one time, I wish there was a way to print all the pages at one time. It's a little time consuming for me to have to print out each section one by one. It usually takes me about two days to get everything printed and organized into my binder. You will need plenty of paper and make sure your ink is full before you get started. The last thing you want to do is run out of ink halfway through your printing.

After I'm ready to go, I create a binder for the kids to keep all of their papers. I divide the binder up into sections for them. The divided sections helps keep them organized and they now where to look for item when they want to go back to read.

Snapshot Moments Section
Newspaper~ Greek Weekly
( a brown mailing envelope is great for storing the items until you are ready to complete your lapbook)

Having everything organized and easily accessible makes for a smoother lesson. 
We like to spread out each stop over a couple of days, usually 2-3 days depending on how many activities that particular stop has. We tried doing a stop in one day, but we just never were able to get it all done. We love completing the projects, but sometime they take a while to prepare and get together. 
So a typical stop would look like this for us.....

~Day 1~ 
Read Text
Snapshot Moments

~Day 2~
Greek Weekly Newspaper
Cut out & put together lap book pieces

~Day 3~
Go over Lapbook pieces
Finish up any writing projects that still need to be worked on
Hands-on project

Project Passport: Ancient Greece offer students hands-on learning full of information. Students will learn all they need to know about Ancient Greece...... facts, people, events, map work, and of course fun projects. Students will be able to create a Greek mask, paint a fresco, decorate a piece of Greek pottery, dress up in a toga, try some Greek food, and the boys will enjoy making a shield.

Home School in the Woods is a wonderful curriculum that brings history to life for children. It's one of our favorite ways to study history. We can't recommend it enough. We promise that you'll not be bored.

Want to learn more about Home School in the Woods and all the great products they have for your homeschool lessons? Check out their social media pages.

Stop by and see the other Passport stops the crew team reviewed!

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Reviews

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