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Home School in the Woods Time Travelers World War II Review

My boys love learning about wars. My son Brent particularly is interested in World War II so being picked to review Home School in the Woods Time Travelers U.S. History Studies: WWII came at a great time for some fun summer learning!

We have used Home school in the Woods in the past and have always enjoyed our studies. Their timeline figures are amazing!


This is a downloadable product. The intended target grade levels for the Time Travels series is 3-8 but I am using it with my high schoolers. What is great about Time Travelers is you can choose books to up the grade level. There is an Additional Resources page with book suggestions or you can use google to find some books, documentaries, etc.

If you are looking for some hands-on-learning with your kiddos and love maps, timelines, making food of the era, and don't mind some cutting and pasting than read on because Home School in the Woods history notebooking and lapbooking might just be what you are looking for to add some fun-schooling to your days!

The unit study is well put together. Although it can be overwhelming at first with all the pdf links~ Home School in the Woods makes it extremely easy to follow.

Here is how it works (or I suggest how to get started): I only print five lessons at a time because otherwise, it's too much paper for me. I also prefer to print out all the Text and Project Pages.

Go to file folder that says 'Menus' (right above PDFs), hit Lesson Projects 1-5 to start. A window will pop up with everything you need for each lesson.

The way that is simplest for me is to print the Text Page and also print the Project Pages. Once I have the Project Pages in front of me I can read exactly what I'll need to print and how; like do I need cardstock or colored paper etc. The Project Pages will tell you if you need to print on cardstock or regular printing paper, if double-sided and so forth.


Everything you need to get started will be on the Project Pages. Scroll down to the bottom and there will be Main Menu, Teacher Helps, and Project Photos.

IF, you prefer to print all the text out at once, then you'd go to PDFs, find the file for Lesson-Text, click on it and print away! You can do the same for Projects, Masters, etc.

And Lastly, if you do well with a tablet, iPad, phone, or any other device, you can get away without printing the Text, Project Pages, and Keys ~saving paper and ink. I don't do well using devices so I print almost everything. I have tried in the past to use less paper but it's too hard for me, not sure why but it is.

Another handy thing to print is the Lesson Plan Schedule, with this click the PDFs, then the Intro-etc file, then you will see the pdf for Lesson Planner, click and print. Now you can see all 25 lessons on one page!

Now that you have some tips with getting started let's get into how to use your Time Traver WWII Unit Study!

This unit study is pretty amazing! There is so much included in it. You get a timeline, timeline figures, copywork (or use it as dictation for older students), fun projects, recipes, your student will make a "newspaper", do some map work, and of course put together a lapbook!

There is even an Additional Resources page that gives you book and movie recommendations.

25 lessons are included. Depending on the age and the abilities of your child(ren) the lessons can span up to a week. Some with fewer activities may be completed in less time and others as mentioned may take the whole week. For instance, Lesson 8 has eight total projects from copywork to making a felt Garrison Cap! This one you might want to spread out over the course of a week.

The lessons basically walk you through everything, all you really need to do for planning ahead is read what materials you will need and what pages to print (I print five lessons at a time).

Here is an example of what a week might look like (lesson 8 example week):
~ Monday: Copywork and the timeline
~ Tuesday: Do some writing by completing the Frontline News
~ Wednesday: Mapwork and complete a project which would involve coloring, cutting, and creating an overlay together of the way soldiers dress.
~ Thursday: Complete two projects the You're in the Army Now and Soldier's Basic Field Manual.
~ Friday: Your child will make the Garrison Cap!

So as you can see one lesson may have (not all have that many activities) enough projects to last a week or so. You can easily make Lesson 8 last two weeks by adding books and movies and doing fewer projects.

The Lessons Project are pretty consistent:

1) Penmanship "Words of World War II: this is copywork.

2) Notebook Timeline: each lesson will have the names of what timelines to cut and paste to the timeline.

3) Frontline News: fun creative writing assignments ~writing articles for the "Frontline News" ~ Read an article about creative writing with newspapers!

4 - 8) Activities ~ not all lessons will have this many activities.

Although the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies target grade is for 3rd-8th I used it with my high schooler as summer fun learning. Brent was the most interested so we did it together. We met daily and while I read the Text Pages he would color, cut, or paste depending on the activity/project. Once I was done with the reading I'd help him complete the projects.

We worked on this at least three times a week but aimed for four times a week. We had hoped complete our lapbook to show you all how it looks when done, but we didn't (I do plan to have a follow-up to this review with the completed lapbook).

I've had some questions regarding using the Time Travelers with older kiddos in high school. We actually are planning to use their Civil War study but just as an add on for fun. As for high school credit in history, I'd have to say no. You would really have to beef it up with more research and writing. A few things you could do:
  • Use copywork for dictation and/or find longer passages
  • Cut out the newspaper photos and images and create your own newspaper in a notebook so your high schooler can write more than one paragraph. Have them do some research before writing their article for the "newspaper"
  • Vocabulary words, have your child write them out, add what part of speech, the derivative, and write a sentence, etc.
  • In the Your Service Record Book, add more journal pages, research real people from WWII and add their stories, add their Medals, Citations, and Decoration dates, their Battles and Campaigns.
That's my suggestions but again, do your research with what your state requires. If you have younger kiddos working on this and your high schooler would like to join in that would be ideal as you'd really have to flesh this out to make it high school creditworthy (and use more than one Time Traveler Studies)

My thoughts on Home School in the Woods Time Traveler's U.S. History Studies, love it! So much thought went into these projects, notebook, and lapbook. My kiddos and I like how some of the documents and pictures are "real" from old newspaper clippings and such. Makes it more fun when the items "are" from the time. 

To get an idea of some of the recipes in their lapbooks, read Adding Interest to History with Recipes! Some of my kids' favorite recipes have been from homeschool in the woods. Ethan often requests the Honey Cake Basbousa from the Ancient Egypt Project Passport pack!

Add some fun hands-on-learning with Home School in the Woods!

I created a video that goes over most of the supplies you will need to complete this pack. Feel free to watch that on my YouTube Channel. I plan to make another video once we complete our lapbook and notebook.

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