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Schoolhouse Review: Box of I.D.E.A.S.~Pearl Harbor

Box of I.D.E.A.S. is a great way to teach all your children together. As the website says, "Designed to get kids off the computer and around the table".

For this review I received a World War II Pearl Harbor (Physical Box). The cost for this item is $79.00. If you prefer this in pdf format you can order that as well for $49.00. The recommended age for these wonderfully put together Box of Ideas is 9-16. You can find Box of Ideas on Facebook, so feel free to 'like' their page.

My family loves learning about history and with 5 boys, well let's just say the Pearl Harbor Box of Ideas was an exciting thing for them. They were very interested in this review item.

What's in the box? Great question! In the Pearl Harbor Box of Ideas I received 10 modules. All very organized in baggies.
 The module titles:
  • Before Becoming A Base
  • Beginning of a Naval Presence
  • A Week Before the Attack
  • Day of Infamy
  • Day After the Attack
  • Weeks After the Attack
  • Six Months After the Attack
  • A Year After The Attack
  • Victory Over Japan
  • Decades After the Attack
Each module includes:  
*Introduction, this is usually about 3-5 paragraphs that you can read to the children.
*Extensions, about 2-3 activities or assignments to further extend their study on Pearl Harbor. This is great for the older students to research and write summaries, reports or essays. In the Day of Attack module one of the extensions was to have the child carry a memo pad recording facts and then to have the child right an objective report the next day. Another time the kids researched an endangered animals.
*Weblinks~two or three weblinks are provided. These are always great for the more visual learners.
*For Your Portfolio~this is a worksheet. There is usually only one worksheet per module.These are not just fill-in-the blanks type of worksheets. Our first one was measuring pearls, another one has the student read a headline and articles from a newspaper, then pick 4 statements of facts and 4 statements of opinions.
*Activity Cards~almost each module has a pack of activity cards to play a game. Our favorite so far was the timeline cards. Many of the Activity Cards have actual photos of Pearl Harbor.

How we used it in our home:

I used one module a week. For example with module 5~Day After the Attack:
Monday~I read the the introduction and went over the extensions. The children and I discussed what extension they would like to do. They had all week to complete it.
Tuesday~was weblink day. I would look up the links provided and we played games with the Activity Cards. Sometimes we'd play as instructed and other times we tweaked the game.
Wednesday~was worksheet day. Sometimes we did this orally, other times each of them did a portion of the worksheet. We would use the Activity Cards again.
Thursday~I would read some library books or if there was more to do in the module then we would continue. Some modules have more to do then others.
Friday~we usually didn't do any Box of Idea stuff.

The children would work on their extension throughout the week as well.

Box of Ideas is a great supplement to go along with your current studies, take a few weeks off and do something different, or keep your children busy during the summer days. I can also see my very creative sister (she homeschools too) flesh this out and make it a full blown unit study for a semester by adding lots of books, copywork, making lapbooks, and adding notebook pages.

We started this program in the summer, two of my children were visiting their aunt in another state, so I mainly used this with my 10 and 11 year old sons, Caleb and Brent. Lance (8yrs.) wasn't really interested but he'd hang out with us occasionally.
We enjoyed reviewing Box of Ideas~Pearl Harbor WWII. Using the timeline activity cards and reading what happened that day, gave us a small glimpse into that horrific day in 1941. I was able to help them understand the devastation, the lives lost, and how war affects people.
For this scatter brained, not-very-creative mama, there are a few things I would have liked to have seen included. A list of  books to read or one main spine that could have been read throughout the program. A suggested schedule would have been helpful. Give more ideas with using the activity cards (I'm not very creative) and maybe add a Dover Publishing coloring book.

I do appreciate all the research that went into putting the Pearl Harbor box together. 

The Schoolhouse Review Crew was also blessed to review Box of Ideas on Salt as well. So hop on over to the Schoolhouse Review website to read more!!!

**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.


  1. I think you did a great job! You got really creative with how you did the lessons with the kids. I wouldn't have thought to spread it out over the week like that. They look like they had lots of fun learning.

  2. What a great review! Love the timeline chart! We are loving the box also!


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