Captain was so excited when I told him we were going to work on another Hands on History program from Home School In The Woods called HISTORY Through the ages Project Passport World History Study: Middle Ages. It has been so much fun and the perfect subject for him at this time. They are recommended for grades 3rd - 8th and Captain loved it although he is at the lowest age range.
This program is easy to use and the instructions are very clear. It is a lot of printing at first buy it slows down after you get everything set up. I like taking my laptop to my printer so I can print each page off one at a time, changing the type and color of paper as necessary. After that I took a few minutes each time we prepared to complete a 'stop'. The program is broken down into 'stops' 25 of them in total. Not each stop is has the same amount of work but are about similar subject matters that go well together. Because Captain is only 8 we didn't always work through a whole stop in one sitting.
Captain's had a few 'favorite' parts of the program. He loves his timeline and is excited to add to it every stop. He also loves the hands on recommended activities especially building his own castle out of sugar cubes.
The program is designed like a vacation. Each lesson is a stop on your journey. There are things to read (written like a guidebook), worksheets to fill out and audio to listen too. Captain really enjoyed the audios. They are like audio theaters with sound effects and a 'tour guide'. Some of them he has listened to more than once.
Captain has a ring binder notebook that he keeps all of his work in. We keep everything in the one folder as he prefers not to make a lap book. I like this as it keeps everything together.
Captain really enjoyed learning about how people were not allowed to dress above their station. He told everyone that day that in the Middle Ages a poor person would be put in the stocks if they bought fancy or expensive clothes.
The great thing about this curriculum is that it contains so much information it is really easy to customize. You can add more information for an older student and miss some of the coloring assignments. We Captain we completed a lot of the easier coloring and writing assignments and skipped some of the harder assignments. For example when completing the time line I printed the pictures with the writing instead of the blank, whereas with an older student you can print the picture and the child can write all the details.
We love this program and I am definitely interested to get the other passports. There is an amazing new one on Ancient Greece and one coming next year on Ancient Rome!
You really need to check out the rest of the reviews! Each of the topics are full of so much information.
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