So for this review, we received a digital .zip file containing all of the files to download and print off. I prefer the digital download to the physical disc because I can't tell you how many times I've lost our discs! We have several Time Travelers series on disc, and I MUCH prefer the digital downloads! Now, if you are without adequate internet service, or if you're on the go a lot, then you'll want those disks. This file was over 300MB in size, so that could take a while on a slow connection.
Ok...here's my one and only "negative." Home School in the Woods powers that be, if you're reading this (and why wouldn't you??? Hello? My blog is AWESOME!) PLEASE do something to make it easy to just batch print! I would LOVE to be able to open the PDFs link and just print all of the masters at one time. Actually, it'd be amazing to have them all arranged per stop. So...Stop 1 file, Stop 2 file, Stop 3 file, etc. It would be so much more user friendly for moms like me to just say, "Ok, we're on stop 3. Let's print off everything we need!" I know some things require colored paper or card stock, but copying or choosing those, or arranging the paper as needed in the printer, would be a heck of a lot easier than printing off all of THIS (photo below) one file at a time.
That's like a whole ream of paper. One...file...at...a...time. So, Home School in the Woods, you know I love you dearly. You know I have almost everything you offer, do me a favor and make this happen. PLEASE? It'd be great!
So, we attempted to batch print. Having an IT guy is handy, right? Wrong. He did do a massive batch print and...nothing was in order. We had M1-1 then M13.5, then M8-2, then M 25-2. We spent about 4-5 hours all together printing, then sorting and putting everything in the proper order. I almost never print everything out all at once, and this time I did...I'm not sure I'll ever do that again HAHA! It's great now that it's all finished, but whew! Was I ever exhausted after that!
So, after we sorted everything I then put it all into nice little packets. It's a lot better for Mr. B to have little packets to work on, on his own. I did NOT include the masters, only the Travel Itinerary and the text pages. This way he could see what he needed, read the lesson text, and go from there. I keep all supplies readily available to him, and I hole punched and stuck everything else in a 3 ring binder for easy access. If he needed to copy onto card stock or colored paper, I helped him do that, but we also found it was easy to glue onto the card stock at times, too. I wouldn't suggest that with games or larger diorama style activities, but for things like the post cards it worked very well.
We love the lessons and hands on activities. Seriously, when you're building a Home School in the Woods lapbook, it is a true work of art. I love them. I keep each one we do, and hope that one day we will be able to sit down, when Mr. B is all grown up, and look at them together again and remember the fun time we had making them.
Here are a few photos of a couple of things we did.
You have the option to print this in color, or in black and white. this is the guide book cover, and there's also the lap book cover and spine covers, too. I prefer to print in black and white, then color it in as we want.
Each stop on your journey back in time includes a Travel Itinerary. this is basically your directions for the activity you will be doing for that section. It includes a bit of history, too, but the real history lesson is found within the text pages. There's also suggested reading, too, but you don't HAVE to do all of that if you don't want to. I like to have Mr. B really get into the parts that interest him the most. So we may work on one stop's topic for a week or so before moving on to the next, while others we may do in a day and then move on.
Like I said above, we were able to skip the travel case and passport parts of Stop #1. Stop #1 is really your base stop that sets up the rest of the series of stops. You will do a LOT of printing here since you're printing out the entire time line that will be used in future stops, and other things that are going to be used later on. Speaking of the time line....I think it would be a lot of fun to laminate the time line, and the pieces, and use adhesive Velcro so you can use it over and over again. I keep saying I'm going to do that, and I keep never doing it. One day...one day I will!
The time line pieces are pretty small, but we really like to color them in. I think it makes it look so much better.
It doesn't even have to be perfect. Just toss on some color, and poof! Pretty!
This was a fun, yet tedious project. I couldn't find the Exacto knife because M had used it. But this was a fold over booklet that adheres to the lap book, and it taught about the upper and lower halves of Ancient Egypt. I must not have remembered this from my school days, because I didn't know there were two parts!
The book folds up to look like this, and then you open one side and there's the text, Open in again, and inside you learn about the crowns worn by the rulers, and how they were combined.
The one on the right there will just be the all red one.
Overall, I can't recommend Home School in the Woods enough. We've reviewed several of their products over the years, and love them all. This is definitely one of those curriculum companies that when someone asks what we're using, Home School in the Woods is ALWAYS on the list. I tell every new homeschooler about them, and urge all my veteran homeschool friends to try them out. They offer A La Carte options, too, so that you can just get a project here and there to target what you're specifically working on, too. As I mentioned before, we've used a coupe of others in the Project Passport World History Series, and we own several Time Travelers American History disks. I think we also have a disk full of map outlines, too! Home School in the Woods has been a staple in our homeschool since very early on, and I think they'll be here for years to come! I can't wait to get my hand on their newest product, Ancient Rome!
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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?
The lessons build on each other so I wouldn't skip any or jump ahead at all. You can work at your own pace, and even omit activities if you want. We frequently will delve deeper into topics of interest, and speed through those he doesn't find as interesting.
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?
There are no hidden fees, except you will have to have supplies on hand such as paper, folders, crayons, colored pencils, double sided sticky tape, scissors, glue sticks, etc. This will cover multiple ages. I'm honestly not sure of the "intended" age range, but I could easily see grade school through high school using this. As an adult, I even learn from it and enjoy it!
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
This is PERFECT for special needs learners! It's hands on, fun, entertaining....and you can work at your own pace. If you need a sensory break, by all means put the colored pencils down and jump on the trampoline for a while! Those with fine motor issues may need assistance with the cutting and coloring parts.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
This would be great for any study on Ancient History.