My kids enjoy learning about History. Out of all the subjects we study, History is easily the favorite between both Garrett and Ashleigh. However, we all know that history can be extremely dry in its presentation sometimes.
|Too cute - Luggage and Passports for our "Trip"|
I should mention here that this Unit Study takes much preparation ahead of time before starting. Each student will need their own binder (we're using 2 inch binders) and a binder for the teacher.. You'll also need printer paper, colored cardstock and a fresh ink cartridge in your printer because there is a lot of printing to be done. Luckily, Homeschool in the Woods provides step by step instructions with each "Stop" which tells you how to properly assemble each step (even telling you the easiest way to print all the pages for easily assembly). Most everything, with the exception of the craft projects can easily be kept together in the binder. But once everything is printed out, it really makes for a nice, colorful presentation that is very impressive. From timelines, newspapers (where the students write the articles), paper crafts and such, there's a lot of opportunities for making this project a very unique keepsake crafted towards your own child. Kids even get to decorate post cards from various characters important to the time period and keep them in a post card rack that they assemble and keep in their binder.
After our discussion and our lunch was done, we would then spend about 20 to 30 minutes working on activities for the "Stop" . Some stops had audio "tours" where a guide would conduct "interviews" or describe sites and sounds for various happenings of the time which we listened to while doing the activities. Some activities included map work or coloring, while others were more of creating crafts representing the time period.
Probably our absolutely favorite activity so far has been learning about the different classes of people of the time and how they dressed. The kids had so much fun coloring each class, cutting them out and then making puppets with each one. (The instructions called for gluing them to popsicle sticks but I could not for the life of me find ours so we improvised with lunch bags.. lol). What a fun project!!
It also happened that after studying the classes and talking about Knights and Castles that we went on our trip to Walt Disney World. While there, we happened to have lunch at the restaurant Be Our Guest which was designed to look like a castle and had suits of armor in it.. Sooo, when they kids saw this, it immediately brought back to mind our discussion about these things and made the kids that much more interested in them. I had to admit, even I was impressed with how much they had retained from these discussions and how well they were able to recollect many of the details that we had discussed. It was also really cool, as a homeschooling mother, to be able to see their excitement to have our history lesson brought to life before their eyes.
On a really cool, unrelated note, these suits of armor talk, sing, hum and even sneeze.. The kids thought that was so neat.. LOL
Since we had the Digital downloadable version of the Project Passport, the entire curriculum was
|Copy or one of the Itineraries. Click the image for a better view|
|Screenshot of browser based interface|
|Some of the many projects to be made during the Trip through the Middle Ages|