By now everyone knows how much we LOVE Homeschool in the Woods. Their products offer students an amazing way to learn history that is hands on, and the lessons really stick with you because of that. We have had the great fortune to review for them several times. We also have used several Time Traveler American series before becoming a review member. So you can probably imagine the girly squeal I unleashed when I found out we were chosen to review the Make-a-State Activity-Pak they now offer. And I will fully admit to having a VERY difficult time choosing my top picks for this review. The Review Crew was given an amazing selection to choose from, and I really had to think and pray hard! I'm really thinking we need the Old Testament Activity Pak and the New Testament Activity Pak, as well! Maybe even the Composers or Artists paks! And about 8-10 other options haha!
The Make-a-State pak includes a "Name that State!" file folder game as well as recipes, state facts, and all the printables you need to create an amazing state themed lapbook! There's also a suggested reading list, in the event you want to stretch this out and read more about each state.
After printing, I set down to organize. The same pages are included for the states. So you don't have a folder for each state or anything like that. Your student will be tasked to finding the information on their own for the most part, so they will also be learning a lot in the way of research. So each state becomes its own hands-on research project.
I printed out multiples of each page so that I could spread them among the states we would be doing first. Then I organized everything into separate file folders, so each state would have it's own folder, and all the print outs for each state were held within. This made life so much easier! Mr. B had everything he needed in each folder, and there was no waiting for anything. I highly recommend having everything ready to go so you don't have to stop mid lesson to find glue sticks or to print a needed page.
Mr. B has been so excited over this. He said he could spend all day long coloring the states haha. He colored the state post card pages to show the kind of landscape they have in different areas. So he has them various shades of green to distinguish the types of forest and trees, there are red splotches to indicate more urban areas or areas with higher population, etc. He has put a lot of effort and time into a task that should have been relatively quick and simple. It's really great!
Mr. B uses these in a variety of ways. I've printed on multiple copies of the regional pages. He uses these to color in graphical representations of population, climate, poverty, education, water, etc.
See what I mean about the graphics? I love them.
Homeschool in the Woods is now offering an A-La-Carte option, too! How cool is that?! This is where you can get just a few projects for a specific topic, but not the entire study. If you go now to the a-la-carte page, and enter in promo code alacarte, you can receive a FREE Eerie Canal project to celebrate the 200th anniversary!
U.S. Elections Lap-Pak
Project Passport Ancient Greece
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