Home School in the Woods – Time Travelers US History Studies, Colonial Life
Which paired well with some other history and cultural studies Ana and Joseph have been working on this year.
If you are a parent that loves hands-on, lapbooks, or unit studies, you are going to love this product!
With so many different aspects of Colonial Life we were so pleased with how detailed this unit study was. From learning to cook, make clothing, and learning all about the “Rules of Civility” this was a project that was informative, fun, and engaging.
Please find more information about hands-on history in this post about time travelers.
Each lesson has some text to read aloud to your student(s) that covers a variety of information about Colonial Life. Each lesson is between 1 – 3 pages of text. Reading the lesson text won’t take very long and it can be started as the student(s) begin part of the project for that lesson.
The lesson plan for this Colonial Life unit covers a total of 25 lessons, or the equivilant of about 5 weeks of work.
- America’s Colonies Begin
- The Colonial Home – Part 1
- The Colonial Home – Part 2
- The Colonial Home – Part 3
- Colonial Clothing
- Colonial Food
- Family Life
- The Colonial School
- Faith in the Colonies – Part 1
- Faith in the Colonies – Part 2
- Colonial Pleasures & Pastimes
- Villages & Cities
- Health & Medicine
- Colonial Artisans – Part 1
- Colonial Artisans – Part 2
- Holidays in the Colonies
- Crime & Punishment
- Plantations & Slavery
There are 18 total days for lessons. The remaining days according to the lesson plan are for “catch up” days for uncompleted projects and the final completion of your student(s) lapbook and finishing with a Colonial Spree (party).
All in all, this is a fun study that you can draw out over an extended period of time.
As with any of the awesome products that Hom School in the Woods creates, there are a bunch of incredible hands-on projects. As I cannot list every single projects for each lesson, believe me, on some lessons there are more than one project to complete.
Here is a general list of items that you will need for projects in this Colonial Life unit:
- printer paper
- card stock (in numerous colors if you want, otherwise white will do)
- double sided tape
- file folder
- 3 hole punch
- colored pencils
- paper fasteners
- transparency film
- hole punch
- needle / pin
I am sure that there are items I missed but again, there are so many projects! Which is amazing and my kids love doing all of them.
How This Worked for Us
When Ana and Joseph would sit down for this review we would block out between 2-3 hours. The lesson text reading doesn’t take very long (unless they had tons of questions) but because the projects require time. Which they obviously don’t mind.
So as I was reading the text, they would be either coloring or cutting items to prepare for the actual hands-on section of the lesson.
I tried to have everything on hand that would be needed for the projects so that we could move right into working on them instead of running around gathering what we would need. I kept all of our binders in one place and kept a bin full of regular items that we would most likely use.
We really appreciated the Project Days (catch-up days) built into the lesson plan because it seemed that even after working diligently for long periods, Ana and Joseph still had something else to finish.
We are more than half-way through the unit and we are looking forward to our Colonial Spree (party) at the end of the unit study.
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In His Grace,