I love history. As a free-wheeling homeschooled kid, I learned history in a fun, engaging way. I read about it. I learned history not as a list of events, dates, and places, but as a colorful array of stories about people. I've tried to pass this idea of history on to my kids: that it's about people, their successes, their failings, their hopes and plans and cunning schemes. That it's full of stories of love and hate and unflinching courage in desperate times. So I'm always on the lookout for curriculum that uses this view of history. Therefore, one of my favorite history-producing companies is Home School in the Woods. And I was excited when they asked us to review Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt.
Project Passport is their newest line and it is amazing. I've used their products before, an Activity Pak that we reviewed, a Time Travelers study that we used a few years ago and that I'm pulling activity ideas from for a co-op class this fall, and, of course, their Timeline Figures that I absolutely love.
- a text to read,
- an "itinerary" which lays out the lesson in order and tells you, the teacher exactly what to do and when. These contain graphic details, directions, illustrations to show you how it's supposed to look, symbols that tell you what kind of activity it is, and where to find the printables that you need
- 2 or 3 activities that can be: booklets or foldables for your lapbook; adding to your timeline; printing and playing a game; cooking; or making a craft
WHAT I LIKED:
The bits of reading are not very long, but they are meaty. They held my kids' attention and they came away with real information.
The texts are not dry fact sprinkled with dates and place names but are glimpses of the lives of real people told simply and briefly. It often inspired my kids to dig deeper and learn more.