Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Home School in the Woods REVIEW

Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte products
Home School in the Woods is one of our FAVORITE vendors. We were recently blessed with three choices from their  Á La Carte line of products. These are tidbits taken from their larger series that are available for purchase, individually. I have noticed a few projects that seem to be exclusive to the  Á La Carte line. 
These projects are fun, hands on, and full of educational value. For this review we received: 
Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte products
Martin Luther's 95 Theses - This project includes a beautiful file folder project that features history concerning the life of Martin Luther, a list of his hymns, and all 95 Theses. We were talking about Martin Luther and Reformation Day. This project would be a great one to do on that day! This was designed as the 500th Anniversary Project.
Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte products
The New Testament News: The New Testament News is a really fun way to approach biblical history and study. The layout is like a newspaper, including ads! Your student will be tasked with writing columns and editorials, even drawing up ads, that go in the newspaper. 
Home School in the Woods  Á La Carte products
The Old Testament Tribune: Similar to The New Testament News, The Old Testament Tribune features a newspaper-like layout that draws in your student and has them writing articles in the paper.
How We Used This:

We first tackled Martin Luther's 95 Theses. We've been talking about it a lot, because I realized we hadn't covered that in history for some reason. 




I didn't find the directions as clear on this project as on projects in the past. Maybe it was because we were both sick at the time, and I wasn't firing on all my brain cylinders. I'm not sure, but it wasn't hard to figure out on my own. The steps gave us a bit of issues because those should be on card stock, and I was out. Overall, we both had a lot of fun working on this together. That's what I love about these projects. We can work on them together, and I can teach him the lesson while we laugh and color. 
With that said, I'm the horrible homeschool mom right now because I keep forgetting to pick up "scrolls" for the newspapers! I want to use real wood dowels, and every time I got to the store, I forget them! So for now, it's a flip paper. 


These are pictures of both The Old Testament Tribune and The New Testament Times. My son HATES to write anything. Seriously, he hates it. I only asked him to do one half of one sheet for a day's lesson, and he did everything I had printed out! He refused to let me put any color on the pages. He said newspapers were supposed to be in Black and White HAHA! I love how these make him think critically, and creatively, and encourage him to do the one thing he hates the most: write! 

Overall, we love Home School in the Woods. We've never had a product we didn't love, and I'm pretty sure we have almost everything they offer. I really want to try out the Literary Genres Lap Book Mini-Study! We also have the Erie Canal Lap book Project that I want to do, again. OH! And the Get Your Kicks on Route 66 File Folder Game looks like a ton of fun! All of the projects look GREAT! They are creative, educational, and beautiful works of art. 



Does Home School in the Woods Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

We received the digital download. You can print and work as you want. You can choose to omit what you want, or add in more if you'd like. That's up to you, of course. I wouldn't omit anything because it's all FUN! 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

This would easily cover multiple grades. I could see little kids working along side their older siblings, even into high school. I'm an adult, obviously, and I enjoy working and learning along with Mr. B. There are no hidden fees, but this includes ONLY the PDF files needed to complete the projects. You are responsible for all printing and materials such as paper, colored pencils, glue, tape, file folders, etc. needed for the projects. We had everything on hand already.   


3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long? 

It's NOT boring. Mr. B LOVES it. It's great for special needs learners because it's so hands on and easily adaptable.   


4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

YES! There are dozens of choices to choose from! 


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US Elections Lap-Pak
Project Passport: Middle Ages
Project Passport: Ancient Greece
Make-a-State Activity-Pak

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