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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday February Warm Weather


Home School In the Woods Ancient EgyptReview #hsreviews #history #unitstudies #AncientCivilizations #lapbooking

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Reviews
History is my kids favorite subject. They love stepping back in time to see how people used to live. Alaina was thrilled to use HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt from Home School in the Woods. She has used The Middle Ages from Project Passport in the past and liked Ancient Egypt just as well.

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Reviews
History Through the Ages Project Passports is a group of World History Studies that students will use the same passport to travel to Ancient Egypt, The Middle Ages, the Renaissance & Reformation, and their newest title Ancient Greece with Ancient Rome becoming available in 2018. It is recommended for children in 3-8th grade and covers History/Social Studies (Cultural Studies), Language, Geography, and the Arts. It is available on a CD or a download version.

The Project Passports start with your preliminary travel plans that include an introduction to the program and travel tips to help get you started. There is also additional resources as well as a Travel Planner: Quick Stop Guide. The lessons are actually called Stops and the reading is the Guide Book Text. The Travel Itinerary includes the projects and directions and sometimes there is an audio tour for that Stop.
HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Reviews
Alaina has been traveling to Ancient Egypt this time and in the past she has been to The Middle Ages. Since this is her second Project Passport Study she used the same passport and suitcase she made the last time. There are 25 Stops or lessons in Ancient Egypt lasting 8-12 weeks, but you can spend as much or as little time on each stop as you would like. You could very easily go through one lesson a day or depending on the ages of your children and the resources you add it could last longer. There are timeline pages and figures to print as well as postcards, dining guides with recipes, games, souvenir craft cards used to create crafts to keep as a souvenir, and pockets to fit them all inside the lapbook.

We received the download version of the program and it is very easy to use. After unzipping the files I had access to each file folder of the PDFs, MP3s, lapbook, and images. Or I had the option of viewing all the files in order in a web browser. From there I could click the link and open the pages that needed to be printed, read, or viewed. There are colored photos showing exactly how to put a lapbook together making this perfect for beginning lapbook users. The directions for printing each page indicates whether it needs to be printed double sided, on cardstock or colored paper. There are also photos to indicate exactly where each project should be placed within the lapbook.
Alaina learned about every day life in Ancient Egypt including what they wore and ate, how they worked and played, their education, medicine, architecture, their government, and what they believed. She completed maps, made crafts, cooked recipes, and colored post cards from famous people. I sat with her each day we started a new Stop and printed the pages she needed then she would complete her reading and projects on her own. There were a few stops we completed in one day and there were other ones she wanted to spend a couple days on. She wants to read as many of the books listed in the resource section as she can. We already own several of them, but she hasn't read them all. She is currently into cooking, so she said her favorite part of this study is Dining Out Guide.

Besides the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Studies we have used from Home School in the Woods we have also used HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections and HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-On History Activity-Paks: Composers. We also own the HISTORY Through the Ages A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures Creation to 21st Century for several years and have used them often.

Members of the Homeschool Review Crew received all four Project Passports available at this time. Be sure and read those reviews on the Crew Blog.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Alaina loves to make cards and she is always trying to be funny. These are a few of the cards she made for Valentine's day this year.

She looked on Pinterest for some ideas and I think she did a very good job. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wordless Wednesday Double Arch


The Art of Cursive Logic Coloring Book

My girls love to color detailed pages. We just received a few sample pages of The Art of Cursive Logic coloring book and they love them. 

Delaney used the Cursive Logic cursive handwriting book a few years ago. She already knew how to write in cursive, but she wanted to spend more time perfecting it. She really liked using that book to help her & she loves the looks of the sample coloring pages from Cursive Logic. If this book had been available when she went through the cursive book she would have rather had this one. Not only could she have improved her penmanship she could also color some beautiful pictures.

The Art of Cursive Logic Coloring Book will have 64 pages and will include shortened lesson pages along with the coloring pages. The coloring pages are very beautiful and contain cursive letters, groups of different cursive letters, and phrases written in cursive hidden in the picture.

This book has not been ready yet. There is a kickstarter campaign going on and you can be in on that to help get this published. They are very close to reaching their goal and you can make a pledge until February 22. If you would like to receive a sample page all you have to do is share this link on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I received a few sample pages free of charge from Cursive Logic to peruse in order to promote their kickstarter campaign. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Beside the Refrigerator Storage

If you are like me you spend some time on Pinterest. I have seen the cabinet that slides in beside the refrigerator several times and though I should do that. My husband helped me this weekend and I am very close to being finished. I chose to use peg board for my backboard in case I have room to hang anything up. 

Here it is unfinished. We added dowel rods for each shelf to keep items from falling out. 
I am trying to decide if I want to paint it white like the fridge and the wall or if I want to stain it to match the cabinets. That is why I have the white cardboard tucked in there to see what it would look like. Mike also has a nice thin board he will cut to cover up the 2X6 on the sides.

I will have an updated post with my measurements and finished pictures when I am completely done. 

What do you think? Stain? or Paint?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pencil Sharpener Giveaway #pencilsharpener #sharppencils #lovetodraw

In November we started using a Best Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies. After using it almost daily for the last couple of months we still love it! My girls have sharpened their school pencils, colored pencils, and their drawing pencils of all different degrees of hardness. I read out loud every evening to my family and Alaina always draws while I read. Now not only does she settle in the living room with her pencils, paper, and erasers now she brings our purple pencil sharpener with her.

We like it so much I wanted one of my readers in the United States to have one also. If you don't win the Best Pencil Sharpener you can purchase one at Classroom Friendly Supplies

Just enter the Rafflecopter below. 
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Disclaimer: Classroom Friendly Supplies has allowed me to giveaway one of their Best Pencil Sharpeners. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation. 

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