I love, absolutely love, unit studies! We started using unit studies when we first began homeschooling and my daughter got quickly bored with just textbooks. We have incorporated them in ever since. If you are not familiar with unit studies, it is basically a fun way to learn a subject and including all studies by focusing on that particular subject. Some subjects are easier to do that than others. I love that we are usually studying a science or history topic but can include excellent literature, writing, art, music, geography and sometimes math in with the study! My youngest has a huge fascination with knights and when I was given the opportunity to receive Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages. This is my first experience with Home School in the Woods and in one word – wow!
About the Product
First, let me give you just a few of the details and then we will get down to the nitty gritty. There is a lot included with this study!
Formats Available: CD for $34.95 or Download for $33.95 (Mac & PC Compatible)
Suggested grade levels: 3-8
The unit study is designed to be used for 8-12 weeks. You can download the Scope and Sequence here.
For this review, we received the digital download for The Middle Ages. (Project Passport World History Study is also available for Ancient Egypt and Renaissance and Reformation.) You will need to have some basic supplies – a printer, ink, colored paper, white paper, cardstock, scissors, glue stick or double stick tape, stapler, 3-ring binders (for students and a big one for teacher). I also used my laminator quite a bit.
This picture is from the website, I’m sharing it because I only have a black and white printer and I want you to see how colorful and pretty it can be. Personally, we added color by using more colored paper and used colored pencils and markers.
In the Trenches
First, you need to plan to set aside a few days to get acquainted with the curriculum and to prepare everything. There is a lot to assemble but once you get everything in order, the rest will go very smoothly.
A word of advice: Do not just jump in and start printing. There is a digital folder, “Travel Tips”, you NEED to read this first!! Then read each Itinerary for what is needed and how to print out what’s needed. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.
The study is broken down by “stops”. Basically, these are your lessons. For each stop, you will gather everything you need for what projects you want to do and read the lesson. There are tons of activities that you can choose from although my kids wanted to do them all, you don’t really have to. The activities are broken down by:
- “Scrapbook of Sights”
- snapshot moments
- audio tour
- active participation
- edible project
- 3-Dimensional project
Everything is well organized so you do not need to get overwhelmed. At a quick glance, you can see what activities you have to choose from and there is no pressure on how much time to spend on each stop. The first couple of stops is just preparing everything for your journey. As you travel, and make your stops, you learn so much. During your journeys, you receive postcards to get first-hand accounts of events, help write articles for the newspaper, build a lapbook, make a timeline, even hear interviews and so, so, much more!!
Since I showed you the inside of my Teacher’s Binder, let me show you how I arranged my student’s (The boys had their own luggage folder but we only made one student binder to keep everything else in.)
We all love this!! There are so many activities to choose from that kept learning fun and interesting. The actual lessons were rather short but very informative. After spending time at the very beginning organizing everything, it was simple to use. We will definitely be keeping up with this publisher as this was our first experience with them and I was very impressed.
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