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Monday, March 19, 2018

Ancient Greece History (Home School in the Woods)~ Review

Hello my lovely readers. I may have mentioned on here before that I live with two history lovers. History was not one of my favorite subjects in school. My grades was certainly a reflection of that. Thanks to homeschooling I have now come to embrace a love of history. Lately, we have been having fun learning history through two hands-on Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods.

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Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines. They have all sorts of “hands-on activities to make learning history fun”. Home School in the Woods now offers many of their hands-on history projects Á La Carte. With this new feature, you are able to purchase single projects for topical studies instead of having to purchase an entire unit. You can “choose from a variety of projects that include creative writing, 3-dimensional and authentic crafting, games, timelines, lap booking, and more!”

Having experienced using great products through reviewing The Old Testament and The New Testament Activity-Paks, I was excited to try out some  Á La Carte items to go along with our studies of Ancient Greece. For this review, I chose the Ancient Greece Timeline and the Greek Weekly Newspaper. Both of these projects are part of their “Project Passport: Ancient Greece” unit. They are PDFs that can be downloaded to use once you’ve made your purchase and are sent a link through email.

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The Ancient Greece Timeline is “a way to keep track of all that your student is learning” while studying about Ancient Greece. He or she will be able “to keep track of all the people, places, and events of this time”. This is not your ordinary timeline you may have been used to seeing in school. It is “scrapbook style” photo album. You can see the photo album layout with our pics up above and the one below. It comes with over “100 figures, predated lines, and a teacher’s key”. This project is geared towards students in grades 3rd-12th and costs $6.95. This is a fairly quick and easy project because you are basically just coloring the images, cutting them out, and gluing to the background pages where indicated.

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The first thing you’ll want to do before getting started is to read the Introduction and Tips. Here you will see a list of supplies needed, instructions on exactly how to print out each section, and how to put it all together. They suggested hole punching the timeline to put in a 3-ring binder. I opted to just put sheet protectors in my son’s binder then added the pages inside them (even though I printed the background on colored cardstock like they suggested). We had never done a timeline this way before. This timeline took my son a week to do (it could be put together sooner depending on your student). It was easy to put together and, my son said he liked doing the timeline this way because it was much neater for him. The times we had did timelines before it was difficult to fit all the written information on the page without running out of room. These “Snapshot Moments in History” are better organized on the pages.

Ancient Greece Timeline & Greek Weekly
The Greek Weekly Newspaper is a creative writing newspaper your student can use for a review of his studies on Ancient Greece history. He or she will have “the opportunity to report on the news as it happens”. This newspaper features articles, advertisements, and illustrations for him to fill out in his own words. This project is geared towards students in grades 3rd-8th and costs $2.95.

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The Greek Weekly is 12 pages. This PDF also comes with a list of supplies needed, printing instructions, and tells you how to put it together. If you have a pencil, colored pencils (or whatever your child prefers to color with), clear tape, plain white printer paper, and a printer that prints black and white, then you have all you need to do this project. My son is out of the suggested age range for this, but it was a great supplement to what we are learning about Ancient Greece.

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It took him about 2 weeks to finish his newspaper (timeframe depends on what your student can handle). He worked on 2 pages each day during the week. There were many things he remembered from our studies that he could write about. Other times he had to go find out about the things he didn’t already know. That’s a plus because he not only had to put his creative mind to work, but he had to do some research as well. He really enjoyed the project and was so proud of his final paper in the end.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Some other interesting Á La Carte titles are Greek Life! File Folder Game, and New Figures of the 20th and 21st Century. To read about these and so many other Á La Carte products reviewed by members of the Homeschool Review Crew, click on the banner below to see what my Crew Mates had to share.

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2 comments:

Kristen H said...

These look really interesting. Great ideas for studying Greek History.

Mrs. Rhodes said...

These are fun to do. We surely will miss doing these types of projects once he graduates.

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