Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company with multiple product lines designed to engage the student and help bring history to life in your homeschool. For this review, we were given the opportunity to use the Make-A-State Activity which is part of the Activity Paks series. The Make-A-State Activity Pak includes a variety of activities that once completed will be assembled into a lap book. The Activity Pak includes all the instructions, both state specific and generic templates used for completing the activities and a bonus folder game that has a couple variations for different ages. The Make-A-State Activity Pak is intended for Grades 3-8. Monkey and I used it together as a way to learn more about our state, California.
How We Used Home School in the Woods
When I first opened the downloaded file, I will admit I was quite a bit overwhelmed. This was our first experience with Home School in the Woods and with lap books in general, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.
The easiest way to get started is to open the start.htm file. It will open in your web browser, but rather than pulling information from the internet, it is pulling files from the Images and PDFs folders in the downloaded file. The Start.htm file is like a clickable Table of Contents.
I found it was much easier for me to keep track of what I needed to prepare in advance and what we needed to do with each activity by printing the “Project Directions.” With this printed, I could either use the clickable Table of Contents (from the Start.htm file) OR just navigate to the PDFs I needed directly from that folder. I would focus on one activity at a time, following the instructions for printing.
My only complaint would be that the files are all organized by activity, sometimes with more than one states information included on a page. Not a big deal if you are going to be creating a lap book for every state, but since we were focusing on just California, we were wasting paper and ink. I would have liked it to be organized by state, but that’s just a personal preference and might make the double sided printing harder.
We decided to finish out the activities as worksheets and focus on the research aspect of the project. Rather than getting answers from the provided State Page, we would discuss what information we needed to complete the activity and then decide what search terms we wanted to use. This approach worked much better for us.
This is one that I really wanted to love, but Monkey just wasn’t on board with. Originally, I had planned to start with California and then move on to other states where we have family living or where we have travelled. Since it was a struggle to get him engaged with the activities and it became more of a hassle than a fun introduction to the states, we will be putting this one aside for now and will consider re-visiting it once he is older. It wasn’t that he wasn’t ready for the information, he just wasn’t interested in the coloring and cutting and constructing – you know all the parts that seemed like fun to me!
If you are already familiar with lap booking and your child enjoys the construction aspect of it, then I would highly recommend Home School in the Woods. I was impressed with how much was included in the activity pak and the high quality of the materials.
More Hands-On History With Home School in the Woods
- The Old Testament
- The New Testament
- U.S. Elections
- 20th Century in America
- Wonders of the World
- Benjamin Franklin
- New World Explorers
- Colonial Life
- The American Revolution
- The Early 19th Century
- The Civil War
- Industrial Revolution through Great Depression
- World War II
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