Monday, February 20, 2017

HISTORY Through the Ages World History Study Project Passport: Renaissance and Reformation {Review}

I love the Home School in the Woods company so I was very excited to be able to review this hands-on history product for them as part of the TOS Home School Review Crew.

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study is a history curriculum that teaches history by allowing your kids to travel back in time and experience history in the making.  Project Passport includes a travel plan with itineraries for what you will find at each stop along your trip, a project to make your own passport and luggage folder to use throughout your travels, audio tours, corresponding lapbooks, recipes, timeline, maps, crafts, and more.  
Kids aren't just learning by reading and memorizing.  They are learning by doing and experiencing too.

We have already been studying the Renaissance and the Reformation with our regular history curriculum so we used the Project Passport: Renaissance and Reformation as a supplement to what we are already using.  It is suggested for grades 3-8.

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

However, there are also three other Project Passport products covering Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, as well as The Middle Ages.  Another Project Passport covering Ancient Rome is scheduled for release sometime in 2018.

My kids love hands-on projects because they bring learning to life for them.  With Project Passport we read about our "stop" on the itinerary and learn about the events happening there.  Then my children complete some activities.  Sometimes it is a recipe like Springerle Cookies or an art technique project like learning about linear perspective.

My daughter especially likes projects with cutting and gluing.  Here she is preparing match book style cards describing the different classes of society during the Renaissance.

In minutes she was able to create this wonderful page with pictures and explanations for the different classes.  She is young so I let her use the text box explanations as provided with the material but older children could be challenged to fill in the information on their own as a review.

We learned about the battle of the theories of planetary motion.  Ptolemy first theorized that the Earth was the center of the solar system and the sun and planets orbited around the Earth.  The kids made a fun little card where the sun and planets actually spin around a brad which represents the Earth.

Then many years later Copernicus proved Ptolemy wrong and correctly declared that the Sun is at the center of the solar system and it is orbited by the planets.  The children added another spinning page to their card to demonstrate this theory.

We also learned about Galileo Galilei and his invention of the sliding telescope.  Both kids loved the way these turned out!  I asked my daughter to hold hers so I could take a picture of it and she pretended to look at stars through it!

We used the download version of Project Passport which costs $33.95 or you can purchase a CD for $34.95.  Either way you will have to have a printer and paper, preferably colored card stock, in order to print the itineraries and activity pages so make sure to include time for this in your teacher planning time.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance and Reformation.  I only wish we had know about them earlier when we were studying the Egypt and the Middle Ages.  Home School in the Woods recently added Ancient Greek to the Project Passport lineup and they are scheduled to release the Project Passport: Ancient Rome edition in 2018.

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

We had a nice Valentine's Day.  It started with a "heart-y" breakfast and finished up with a party and treats with friends.

I found this fun Valentine's Day food on Pinterest, of course!   Sausage hearts with Cupid's arrow. 

All you need are some Lil' Smokies sausages, cheese, and toothpicks.  Start with cooking the little sausages.

Then slice each sausage in the middle at an angle.  Turn the sausage pieces until they form a heart then skewer them with a toothpick to keep them in place.

Now just cut out an arrow tip and fletching from the cheese and put them on the ends of the toothpicks.  I made some for breakfast along with some scrambled eggs.  Later in the day, the kids made more so they could bring them to their Valentine's Day party.

The party was with some homeschool friends.  We added our treats to the buffet line.

The kids played several different Valentine's themed games.

Then they lined up their Valentine's bag or boxes on the tables.  Then each child went down the line putting candy or a treat in each person's bag.

Even the older boys had fun passing out treats.

Rachel and Nicholas received lots of sweet notes and candy to enjoy and plenty leftover to bring home.

Finally we got to dig into the food and it was all delicious.  All the moms worked hard to make the party a great success.

We might should have taken the group picture BEFORE we let the kids eat the candy that stained their lips blue!

Of course we had to take a silly-faced picture as well.

I love that we have such a wonderful group of homeschool friends and that we get together for parties and fun times every chance we get.  They are each a blessing in our lives.