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Home School in the Woods Product Review

 

We are often blessed here in our homeschool thanks to the various vendors that are so willing to allow us to review their products. Home School in the Woods is one such company and their recent offering is some of the coolest unit studies I have come across lately. We are reviewing HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt and it is a FULL and amazing product that Ana and Joseph have enjoyed. This homeschool product review allowed us to travel back in time and learn everything we could about Ancient Egypt.

What is a Project Passport? Learn More Here: https://youtu.be/cNGCv44mIdE

Our Product was Ancient Egypt

 

This incredible unit can be purchased in CD version which will allow you to have everything sent to you on a CD or you can have immediate access when you purchase the download version. The product is exactly the same and includes the same information, the only difference is your preference of storage.

We were blessed to receive the download version and it is seriously so FULL of goodness. Here are the files we received:

  • Images
    • CD graphics
    • Project photos
  • LapBook
    • LapBook Assembly Link
    • LapBook images for reference
  • MP3s
    • 8 King Tut audio adventures
    • 10 minute timer
    • 15 minute timer
  • PDFs
    • Cover art for books
    • Intro/Extras
    • Itineraries
    • All Masters for printables
    • Teachers Key
    • Travel text

There is a lot of printing involved with this project passport Ancient Egypt, but the outcome is a complete guide to anything and everything Ancient Egypt related. I personally printed out ALL of the Itineraries (our “stops” along our journey) and the Travel text (all of the “book learning text” provided) and had them bound at the local office supply place. Too many loose papers and I always, I mean ALWAYS end up misplacing things. This helps me stay more organized.

You will need supplies for this project, here are a few examples of what you will need for the class:

  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Cardstock
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • File Folders
  • Binders
  • Scissors
  • Paper Clips
  • 3 Hole Punch
  • Packing Tape
  • Laminator (not required just suggested)
  • and more

 

How We Travelled to Ancient Egypt

 

This is the coolest part of the whole review, sharing all of the incredible goodies we got to use and learn about. After you get all of your printing completed and all of your supplies lined up, then comes the fun part! I had both Ana (she is 12) and Joseph (he is 9) review this product with me. The text is very nicely written. I remember the first day we sat down to begin working on this and after we were done with the reading portion, Ana wanted to know when we were going to do Day 2. The text is engaging and well written, It allows for stopping and following your own thoughts, questions, and deeper discussion.

The crafts are in depth and the kids really enjoyed learning about the places, people, and the overall culture of Ancient Egypt. The lapbooks are so hands on but it provides such a deeper understanding of the ideas that are being taught. I love the fact of the lapbooks because down the line the kids can go back over what they learned just by picking up their lapbooks.

I really enjoyed the Scrapbook of Sights that was provided in this Ancient Egypt world history study. I am a lover of keepsakes and this was a cool way for the kids to “travel” and have some neat mementoes from their “trip”. The timeline was one of the kids favorites, because they could take it our of their scrapbook and lay it out on the table or floor and relive what they learned on this trip.

The itineraries are the teacher’s best friends. They provide all of the nitty gritty of the hands on projects. It shares the how to of the project, the materials needed, and exactly what pages you will need to have on hand for the scrapbook of sights, the lapbooks, and more.

Lastly, we travelled to Ancient Egypt thanks to some fun audios where Agatha (our tour guide) and Brian (our bus driver) shared with us all of the sights, people, and places in Egypt. This is a fun portion of this class because it is exceptional for auditory learners. It allows full inclusion of the class in just the way that they need it, very cool!

 

 

How This Worked for Us

 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt is such a detailed class, that is takes us 4-5 hours a week in reading, discussion, and hands on project work. It has become a class that occupies us for long periods of time. Which we love! The kids are learning more about Ancient Egypt from this fun review that I learned in the whole of my elementary time. It is so jam packed full of things to do, read, and more that it is taking us far longer than the predicted 8-12 weeks. Maybe because I am having to help two kids instead of just one, but this will last us a bit longer than I expected. And that is A-Okay with me.

Each day I collect all of the required mastery pages (printables needed), the supplies, the binders, the bound itinerary, the text, and we sit down to dive in. The reading portion does not too long, even with Ana and I switching over paragraphs. It takes us about 30 minutes to get through that portion. Then the next little while we are coloring, cutting, gluing, taping, etc for the scrapbook, the lapbook, and crafts. I tend to stretch the crafts and the lapbook projects over a few days. This way we can take our time and truly enjoy all of the times that come in the history study. There is such a plethora of ideas and I want us to thoroughly explore each of them.

 

 

What I Loved About Ancient Egypt

 

There is never too much you can learn from history. Each and every culture and civilization provided us with knowledge, inventions, and more that we can study for a lifetime and never truly learn it all. This HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt review deeps so deep into the realm of what Ancient Egypt was all about that I am considering the newest Project Passport, Ancient Greece for the kids. They will get to add another “stamp” to their passport and seriously, who doesn’t LOVE all things Greek?

I have used Home School in the Woods unit studies before and I have enjoyed them each time. But this time, the Pak family has outdone themselves. The quantity of information, the coolness factor of the “passports” makes me want to “travel” to all of the places they are willing to take us! Next year they will also be adding in Ancient Rome, and boy oh boy, I might be able to convince the high schooler to take a peel at that one too!

This is one of the most comprehensive unit studies we have used thus far in our homeschooling journey. I love the entire premise behind the passports and it is so much fun to travel with my kids to the past. We will continue to dig deep and we are all looking forward to adding more stamps to our passports!

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In His Grace,

Callie

 

 

 

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