I have heard great things about the Home School in the Woods curriculum and I love the notebooking approach, so I was very excited to get the opportunity to review HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Middle Ages. I was not disappointed.
This hands-on history curriculum offers a lapbook option and a notebook option, a timeline of the middle ages, craft projects and more!
This is a digital download. When you click the start file a webpage will open with basic instructions and links to all of the files you need, arranged by unit – called stops. From there, you can open and/or print the text, teacher’s guides (called travel itinerary), and activity sheets for each stop. The Travel Planner at the very beginning is a great quick reference sheet for the whole curriculum and I found it makes a great way to keep a record of when you work on each stop. The Travel Itinerary for each stop tells you what to print for that lesson and how to complete the activities.
Since this curriculum is hands on you will need to have some supplies handy. Most are common household items or common school items that every homeschool family has, however some of the stops require special supplies. Make sure you look ahead a few stops so you will have time to collect needed items and make the most of the lessons. Items you MUST have include white and colored paper, white and colored cardstock, glue sticks and liquid glue, double sided tape, cardboard, colored file folders (if doing the lap book option), a large 3-ring-binder for the teacher’s guides, a 1” 3-ring binder for each student (if using the notebooking version), crayons/colored pencils and plenty of printer ink.
I used this program with my 11, 7, and 5-year-old children. We did the notebooking option and worked on one stop a week. Some stops we could do in one day while others took two or three days to complete. It does take some time to print everything and get it all prepared. I would suggest setting aside a several hours one day to work on it if you want to do it all at once or an hour or two a week to get the next few stops ready. Since it is digital you can print as many copies as you need for your own family.
Overall we all really enjoyed this curriculum. My 11-year-old enjoyed the activities but I think she is almost too old for it. Since I just had a baby I had her leading most of the activities while I oversaw, which worked well. My 5-year-old was interested in the more interactive activities but the reading and timeline were a bit over his head. This wasn’t a surprise and I didn’t require him to do everything with us, just let him join when he wanted to. My 7-year-old was the perfect age for it. She was able to follow along and understand all of the reading and activities and enjoyed it all.
This curriculum is easy to use and incorporates a variety of learning styles. It is also very flexible to fit a variety of ages and abilities. It can be used as your only history curriculum or as a supplement. We will continue to work through the stops in this curriculum and will likely use other HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Studies. Home School in the Woods just released their newest Passport to History: Ancient Greece and have Ancient Rome in the works so there are plenty of options to study!