We were given the opportunity to review HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece by Home School in the Woods for the past few weeks. It was great to be able to learn about Ancient Greece with our boys.
Do you have a hands-on child who likes to cut and glue and put projects together? Then this program is for you! Home School in the Woods has definitely put together a tremendous program for your children to learn about Ancient Greece.
There is so much to this program, I'm not sure where to start, but I'm going to try!
Here's the run-down:
Home School in the Woods takes you on a journey through Ancient Greece. All of the lessons in this Project Passport are called "stops". There are 25 stops in total with each stop taking you to another part of your journey through Ancient Greece. The stops start with Noah and go through philosophy and religion as well as understanding Alexander the Great's conquests.
Stop 1 took us about 3 days to complete because there are a lot of items to make. Those items are used throughout the program, so they are good to put the effort into.
One of the items that we made was a Scrapbook of Sights - Ancient Greece Binder. Thankfully I already had two binders that we were able to use, but if you don't have any, they aren't very expensive. This will hold the other items that you will be making, including: a postcard rack, Greek Weekly, Snapshot Moments in History, and a Travelogue. The postcard rack holds the postcards that your kids complete from some of the stops.
Greek Weekly is a great way to have your kids summarize each stop in a newspaper sort of way.
The Snapshot Moments in History is a timeline of all of the events and people that you will be learning about.
The Travelogue is a cute suitcase folder that your kids will complete at the end as a sort of summary of their journey.
Below is a picture of my two boys, (7th grade and 2nd grade), working on putting together one of the projects. Don't you just love the pink flamingo on the table? One of the joys of homeschooling, right? Where else could you be doing history with your big brother AND your favorite stuffed animal of the day? I love it!
Now, do you notice the look on our oldest's face? That's a normal face that we get a lot. Don't take it personal, I try not to. But, he isn't much of a "project" kid, never has been. When he was younger, he needed a reason in order for him to color something in order for him to take more than 2 seconds to color it. He liked listening to the reading more than doing the projects.
Our youngest, on the other hand, likes to do projects. He comes to me a lot at the beginning of school and asks, "Are we doing any projects?" If he hears that we will be doing a project he wants to do them first. So he loved all of the cutting and gluing that was involved in this curriculum.
The thing that they both liked the best were the audio tours. On the audio tours, it was like we were on an actual tour of ancient Greece and were being led by a tour guide. It felt like we were there! My youngest kept asking if there was a video because it seemed so real.
I especially liked the maps that we were able to look at. I think that if my boys can see where a certain place is on a map, it makes it more real for them.
Something that I should mention is that the preparation that goes along with this curriculum is more extensive that I'm used to. I felt like I was doing a lot of printing and organizing of materials in order to be ready for each day. I thought that the boys could do their own cutting, but there is a lot of that too. So I ended up cutting everything then they would put the projects together. This seemed to work well. After awhile, we got into a groove and it became easier to prepare.
HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece is a great curriculum for the hands-on homeschooling family. There is a lot of paper projects to have your children put together and some great information about Ancient Greece!
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