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History is my favorite subject. My favorite to learn and my favorite to teach. I have been so blessed over the years to review products like Make-A-State (which is part of the Activity Paks series) from Home School in the Woods. These activity paks and lapbooks make is even easier to teach my own children history. The latest one has been so much fun, for me and the kids!

Make-A-State Activity Paks

History is a subject that is often learned better if the student is deeply engrossed in learning process. This is the one reason that I love Home School in the Woods is because of their hands-on history approach. The reading, coloring, drawing, cutting, glueing, etc that is required from the students allows them to better retain the information being taught.

Here are the activities that you will find in the Make-A-State Paks:

  • Key State Facts
  • Origin of State Names
  • State Motto
  • State Symbols
  • State Song
  • State Wildlife
  • Regions
  • State Geography
  • State Government
  • State Seal & Flag
  • State History
  • Famous People From…
  • Native Tribes
  • State Industry/Agriculture/Climate
  • State Landmarks
  • Sports Teams
  • State Quarter
  • Recipes
  • State Vocabulary
  • State Timeline

We received the downloadable version of this product. It comes in a zipped file, which has everything needed in separate and easy to understand files.

This is not a FULL study of each state but is is an extremely well rounded starting point. The point of this series is that you will have all of the hands-n history part taken care of before you dive into learning about the individual states. The local library or even the internet (with wise use, lol) may be used to complete the more in depth portion of learning about each state.


Items Usually Needed for Hands-On History Activities:

  • Printer
  • Colored Printer Paper
  • White Printer Paper
  • Card Stock
  • File Folders
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Brass Fasteners
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers

Not every item may be listed but it is a good general starting point for these hands-on activities.

How This Worked for Us

This is again, history one of my favorite subjects to learn as well as teach. This hands-on history approach seems to work better than any other program I have ever used in our homeschool. By allowing the children to be deeply involved win the process, they absolutely seem more able to recall the information at a later date.

Home School in the Woods is the easiest history program and this hands-on approach works so well for us.

I was about to get all of the necessary pages printed in a reasonable amount of time and the children and I were ablate get started right away. There are two options for these Activity-Paks, you can order the physical CD or you are order the download version of the exact same product.

By using this Make-A-State Activity-Pak I was able to go gather more info about our home state of Georgia from the library. Then we would read some books, talk about the book, and then work on one of the activities. We went through a bunch of colored pencils with this review. There was a lot of pictures to color since we learned about the state birds, state flowers, and the large state map. But it was well worth it!

The kids favorite part was learning all about the state wildlife. My kids are die hard animal lovers so this was a fun activity that we were able to so.

The activities in this Activity-Pak were a bit easier than some of the other Activity-Pask we have used. I believe that because this is more of a launching point for learning than the full learning aspect.  For instance, this is light work doing the Make-A-State Activity-Pak compared to our Project Passport (from their Project Passport World History Study series) that we did last year. This would actually be more similar to the U.S. Elections (from their Hands-On History LAP-PAK series) that we also did last year.

I am really looking forward to being able to pick and choose in Home School in the Woods newest al a cart projects section on their site. Totally cool that we can go JUST grab one portion for a project. This is a wonderful new feature that I am sure going to make the most of here at my house. Thank you Home School in the Woods for making history so fun and hands-on for everyone!

Here is a video from Home School in the Woods that will help you to better understand the beauty (and ease) of using their products.

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In His Grace,





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