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Schoolhouse Review: Home School in the Woods

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For the past five weeks the 4 younger kids and I have traveled back in time using Home School in the Woods. We used their Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt and are having a wonderful trip!

We received a download version but if you prefer they also sell this Project Passport on Cd as well.
Home School in the Woods Review
Home School in the Woods Project Passport: Ancient Egypt has 25 Stops or lessons. You can do as many or little Stops during the week. Some Stops have more activities than others.

At each Stop you and your children will learn something new about Ancient Egypt. The first two Stops you are preparing for the trip. You will prepare luggage, make your passport, create a map to take along, prepare your timeline, and  familiarize yourself with travel tips and so forth.

At other Stops you will learn about Egyptians everyday life, agriculture, trade, education, science, medicine, great builders, governing the land, religion, the first Dynasties, and so much more.

While on your journey your student will create a lap book, fill a timeline, ‘receive’ postcards, create a newspaper, make edible projects and 3-D ones too, and take audio tours.

Terms used:
  • Snapshot Moments=timeline
  • Scrapbook Sights=student notebook
  • Postcard=child will ‘receive’ a postcard
  • Audio Tour=listen to Mp3 for example one tour was: Touring Down the Nile
Ancient Egypt Project Passport World Studies Ancient Egypt
Here is what a Stop looks like:
Stop 5: Everyday Life-Part III~ in this Stop you will read about Everyday Life focusing on graves, pyramids, Valley of the Kings, mummies, funerals, and sarcophagi. This is provided so you don’t have to find books or resources yourself.

The Snapshot Moment is to color, cut, and place the First Step Pyramid is built timeline figure to the timeline.

Add to the newspaper by writing about Making Mummies, make an advertisement for Sabet The Sarcopha-Guy, and another advertisement for the Mummy-To-Be-Shop.

For the lap book your child will create a layered booklet of an Egyptian Mummy.
3-D project (not all stops have a 3-D project) you all will make a mummy, sarcophagus, and canopic jars.

And lastly is an audio tour which you can listen to at any time of course.

Some Stops have less activities for instance Stop 6 which focuses on agriculture, trade, and transportation only has the reading pages, adding the the newspaper “The Kemet Chronicle”, and make a souvenir (a reed boat). 

An optional book list is included. From the list of books I chose about 4 picture books to use and found a few audio books. I purposely chose not to use too many read aloud books. I did this to see if the program could be used as a stand alone history unit without adding a lot of other books and still have enough information for the kids. I thought there was enough details I felt if one didn’t want to add book it would be enough.

Not only is there a few pages at each Stop to be read to the children but there is also the audio tours and most of the activities have information as well. For me there was plenty of information that I felt we didn’t need to add lots, and lots of books.

With that said though, if you want to flesh it out with picture books and a few read aloud books and/or books that you would like the kids to read on their own to really dig deeper, you can do that as well.  The beauty of this program is you can add to it or just use it as is. Either way you will enjoy the hands on learning.
Home School in the Woods Egyptian Menu
How we used Project Passports in our homeschool: My goal was to complete 2 Stops a week. At that pace it will take us about 12 weeks to complete. At the time of writing this review we are wrapping up Stop 8.

2 Stops a week was perfect for us. This doesn’t mean we only worked on this twice a week though. There is a fare amount of coloring, cutting, and gluing.

On the weekend I printed everything we would need for the Stops that were to be completed that week. I three hole punched them and put it all in my 3-inch teacher binder.
Most weeks we worked on our Project Passport: Ancient Egypt 4 days a week. Some days all we did was color. While they colored I would read the information for that Stop.

Another day we would assemble the activities. What I liked and so did the kids was seeing a finished product and adding it to our binder.

I worked on Project Passport with 4 boys ages 10, 12, 13, and 14. They all enjoyed using Home School in the Woods but did think there was a lot of coloring. Many of our projects are either partially colored or not colored at all.

My daughter Annette didn’t join in with using Home School in the Woods because she is busy wrapping up her 9th grade year, she did say that she would have loved to have used the Ancient Egypt Project Passport.
Home School in the Woods Review
Final thoughts: I loved the flexibility of this program. You can use as much or as little as you like. You can add to it and go on some rabbit trails which is really easy when studying mummies, pyramids, and other Ancient Egypt stuff. For the purpose of this review I chose not to go on rabbit trails or add in extras. If I had we’d still be in Stop 5 with learning about mummies. With 4 boys using this,  yeah, mummies are super fascinating.

There is a lot of prep work for mom with printing and even afterwards with helping put the activities together but it’s fun. I helped out with some coloring, cutting, and gluing (for us it was double sided tape!) and really enjoyed sitting with my boys (after all they won’t be young forever).

With 4 boys there was much coloring which meant half colored projects but when all assembled it all still looked pretty impressive!

Project Passport: Ancient Egypt did get my guys reading about Egypt on their own. Lance even wrote his name in hieroglyphics, I thought that was pretty neat!

I do recommend a long-reach book stapler. I love mine and have had it for years. It comes in handy when making lap books because you don’t get that fold when trying to staple on the spine of the book. Another item I would highly recommend is double-sided tape the one that is narrow. Glue sticks are great and we used them too but I absolutely LOVE double sided tape!

Before you get started on  your trip you will want to make sure you have your supplies like colored paper and cardstock, glue stick, liquid glue, color pencils/crayons, clay, acrylic paint, etc. Do make sure you plan a few weeks (Stops) ahead so if there is something you don’t have you have time to purchase it.

Many item for the projects one will most likely have in a well stocked craft closet but there are a few things that you will need to purchase or can be substituted.

If you don’t mind the prep work and are looking for a hands-on Ancient Egypt history study, I encourage you to check out Home in the Woods, I’m looking at using The Old Testament with my boys next. And I’m so tempted to purchase their timeline binder. It looks amazing!!!
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