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One of our favorite studies in our homeschool is History. This year my kids and I have enjoyed learning about ancient civilizations. When I had the opportunity to review a product from Home School in the Woods, I was excited.
I received their Project Passport World History Study of Ancient Rome. This was the next time period I had planned for History this year, so we were ready to dive right in!
All About Project Passport World History Studies
Project Passport World History Studies are not your typical unit studies! They are designed specifically for homeschoolers, and are set up more like an interactive “trip” through history. The study begins with an introduction and projects to prepare to “take your trip”. My kids got excited starting out our history study on Ancient Rome by making a Passport, luggage, scrapbook, and map.
Each lesson is called a Stop. For each stop you receive lesson text, and a stop itinerary. The text can be read aloud, done as a shared reading, or read independently. Your Stop Itinerary gives you a summary of all the project available for each stop. There are so many options for projects! Many of the projects like the timeline and the newspaper, continue throughout your “journey”, adding pieces of the project during different stops. Other projects are a small individual piece that when completed can later be put in a lapbook at the end of your trip. There are also stand alone activities, like recipes, audio drama files, and art projects throughout the Stops.
Our study of Ancient Rome has 25 stops. If you did every project idea provided you could easily spend 1 week on each stop. This would spreading out this unit to last an entire semester. Or you could pick a few projects, going through 1 stop a day, giving you a 5 week unit. I was blown away at the amount of resources provided in this unit. Home School In The Woods didn’t leave anything out. The Project Passport Units are so much fun. But also, when we finish I will be certain that my kids will have gained an abundance of knowledge about this time in World History.
Our World History Study of Ancient Rome
When we started our study of Ancient Rome I originally planned on going through it quickly, picking a few projects and completing 4-5 stops a week. However, when we began the first stop, and my kids and I looked over the itinerary, they got so excited, they wanted to do all the projects! So, we decided to change things up! It’s hard to tell them, no you can’t do more work and learn more! I knew we still wouldn’t be able to complete every project. However, we have had fun working through 1-2 stops each week taking our time and exploring everything we can about Ancient Rome.
We started out by making our Passports, Luggage, putting together our Scrapbook of sights and sounds. The recommended grade level is for 3rd through 8th grade, and the projects have options so that they work with that wide range of levels. However, I found that even my 5 year old can have fun making some of the projects, and participate in the activities. I have been doing the text as a read aloud, reading part of the stop each day with them. Then we work on adding to the projects we have going or completing an individual project. I love that this unit gives you so many options. You can easily choose what works best for your kids and family.
When you first get your zip file with all the files and resources it can be a bit overwhelming! There are so many files! However, take a few minutes and read the introduction file, travel tips and the travel planner. You will then see how it all comes together and can begin to plan your adventure with your kids. The Travel tips and Travel Planner files will also provide you will what supplies you will need to complete your projects.
I try to spend time on the weekends printing and copying everything we need ahead of time. It is important to note that you will be printing a lot with these studies. The good thing I have found is that everything is able to be printed in black and white. Therefore, the ink cost has not been too great for us and my laser printer has been very helpful! However other than the ink cost, you will need plenty of white and colored paper, card-stock to complete the projects!
More Studies from Home School in the Woods
Home School in the Woods has provided homeschool families with a huge selection of History, Geography, and Social Studies Units, Lap-Paks, Activity Paks. You could easily plan out an entire year’s History curriculum with just a few of their Project Passport World History Studies. One product I saw that would be an excellent resource for this Election Year is their U.S. Elections Lap-Pak. Amy from Home School in the Woods tells all about this Lapbooking Unit that gives us a Hands-on way to Study U.S. Elections. After our experience this past month using the Project Passport World History Study of Ancient Rome, I know my kids will want to do more next school year!! We are definitely considering trying the Project Passport World History Studies on The Middle Ages, and Renaissance & Reformation as we continue to learn about Ancient History.
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