I actually can't believe it has been a year and a half since we worked on the Ancient Egypt Project Passport Study, as my son and I both refer to it as if it were much more recent than that. Because of our previous experience(s), this is one unit study that I can pretty much guarantee my son will enjoy completing. Of course, he loves history, so that helps, but really, the care that is put into the Home School in the Woods projects ensures that just about everyone will find something to appreciate.
As a mom with an artistic bent, I LOVE the gorgeous woodcut illustrations. My son, who is less than excited at times about coloring things in, appreciates that the woodcuts look just fine in their black and white condition ;). If my Eldest had these studies available when she was younger, she would have jumped at the chance to color these lovely illustrations.
While younger children will need help completing and assembling the elements in the study, the instructions are clear enough that a child in the older "middle school" age range will be able to do most of the work themselves.
The project utilizes both notebooking (A "Scrapbook of Sights") and a lapbook format. The Scrapbook includes some of the larger chunks of information including a timeline and a newspaper to be filled out by the student as they travel through the study, a postcard gallery, and more. There are also a variety of lapbook elements (which we are still "collecting") which will be put together when the "trip" is over, as a final project.
|Sample of some of the projects and elements for the Scrapbook and the Lapbook|
There are multiple options for some of the lapbook elements, which I greatly appreciate ~ blank spaces for older students to write in information themselves, and others with the information already printed, with only the need to assemble the element. That works well for my writing-phobic youngest.
As the teacher, you can access the instructional information directly on the computer or print out your own teacher's notebook, for ease in taking the schoolwork with you wherever you go.
Of course, a study that covers multiple Centuries will be jam-packed with a huge amount of information, but especially this study, that covers the explosion of thought and industry during the Renaissance Period. Here is a list of the "stops" on this trip, just to give you a good idea of what is included:
|Gorgeous pastel artwork done by youngest, with a beautiful paper frame! LOVE it!!!|
- Laying the Foundation/Introuduction
- Italy and Da Vinci
- Everyday Life part 1
- Everyday Life part 2
- Renaissance Art
- Famous Artists of the Renaissance
- Music of the Renaissance
- Literature, Drama, and Shakespeare
- Science, Math and Astronomy
- Exploration Part I (The Americas)
- Exploration Part II (Africa, Asia, and Around the World)
- The Early Reformers
- Martin Luther
- The Thirty Years' War
- Zwingli and Switzerland
- John Calvin
- France and the Wars of Religion
- Henry the VIII
- Henry's Children
- Civil War
- Knox and Scotland
- The Counter Reformation Part I
- The Counter Reformation Part II
- Final Stop, Packing Up, Assembling Lapbook, Travel Brochure
WOW! So much stuff to "see" and "do" it takes my breath away. Really! Even though we're already working through this unit, just seeing it written out makes me excited to keep going! So many interesting topics and activities to work through.
I do encourage you to go back and check out my most recent reviews (linked above), as they give some of the nitty gritty regarding the project layouts and how to navigate the electronic format. You can check out a scope and sequence for this study for a more thorough look at what is covered in the more than 50 projects and activities, as well as download a sample of a stop, and see some more detailed photos.
Not So Nutty Nitty Gritty
- Company: Home School in the Woods
- Product: Renaissance & Reformation
- Ages: 3rd - 8th grade
- Price: $33.95 (Download) $34.95 (CD)
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