In the past, the kids and I have used selections from the Project Passport Ancient History series from Home School in the Woods. However, for the last few weeks, the kids and I have been learning about American History and the Early 19th Century study from the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies .
If you are unfamiliar with history studies from Home School in the Woods, they are period focused studies that have multiple components to help students learn. Through the course of the study, students are presented a wide variety of activities: notebooking, lapbooking, crafts, copywork, creative writing, cooking, maps, timelines and more. This particular unit study over the Early 19th Century contains 35 various activities for the kids to complete as they learn about the invention of Morse code, the Erie Canal, the Louisiana Purchase, the California Gold Rush, the Alamo and more.
Each lesson contains Text Pages and Project pages. Each lesson begins with a briefly written lesson written in an interesting, story style format. This format is reminiscent of "living storybooks" or a Charlotte Mason style format.
We have been using the study as more of an enrichment curriculum for the last few weeks to go along with our current history curriculum. Because of this, we have been shooting to complete 2 lessons each week and using the 5th lesson (Craft Day) to catch up.
For each kid, we are using a 1.5 inch binder with a pocket in the front cover for them to keep the components together. They can then tuck their lapbook in the pocket and all other work is hole punched and kept together inside. The study has printable binder covers as well as a printable strip for the spine of the binder that's available in both black and white or color.
The kids keep their timelines, writing samples,the song book which contains the lyrics of various songs important to the time period and the Westward Weekly, which is the creative writing project that allows kids to paraphrase what they are learning as if they are a reporter writing for a 19th century newspaper.
The kids also keep a ziplock bag with their Factfile cards in the back of their binder where they can keep them together and organized for easy access.
Here's a close up of a few of the Factfile cards..
The lapbook portion of the unit is filled with small mini books, popups and more that help reinforce the material learned in each lesson. We used different color folders for our lapbooks: blue for Ashleigh and red for Garrett. The cover features a panhandler from the California Gold rush. We even used some gold leaf for the gold in the pan on our covers.
Inside the lapbook, the kids keep their activities such as minibooks and popup folders. The folder is designed to have four surfaces inside in addition to a center map.
The map sits in the very center of the lapbook. Using clear overlays, the kids create a map with multiple levels showing things such as the growth of the United States as it expands westward and major trails used to travel throughout the west.
Other activities include copy work using the McGuffy's Eclectic Third Reader. We've really enjoyed this portion of the activities as it has given Garrett an opportunity to improve his handwriting (he hates writing).
|Ashleigh and her field guide|
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