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Monday, February 20, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review: HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

This year we are using a curriculum that's main focus is on geography. I have really missed teaching history and was very excited to see Home School in the Woods on our upcoming vendor list.  We were chosen to review HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece and have been working on it over the last several weeks.

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

This was not the first time we have used a product from Home School in the Woods.  In 2015 we reviewed the Project Passport Ancient Egypt Study.  In 2013 we reviewed their Great Empires study.  I have used their timeline figures for years (they are the best I've ever seen!) and have also done the History Through the Ages Time Travelers American History Study: The American Revolution.  We have loved every product that we have used from Home School in the Woods.

The HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport series is for students in grades 3-8 but younger and older students can use it as well.  There are 4 different Project Passport Studies so far: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, The Middle Ages, and Renaissance and Reformation.  Ancient Rome will be coming out in 2018. In each of the studies, students pack their bags and travel through time to experience the life and culture of the people during the time period through a variety of projects and activities in 25 different stops.  Each study should take around 8-12 weeks to complete, but the pacing is entirely up to you.

The Guide Book Text for each stop has 2-3 pages of information about a topic.  Your Travel Itinerary gives the instructions for all of the projects at each stop. The Scrapbook of Sights is a binder that your student will add projects to.  Souvenir Cards have instructions for hands on 3 D projects.  Throughout the study students make projects that they will add to a lap book at the end of the trip.  There are also several audio tours included in each study.  Travel Tips, Travel Planner, and an Additional Resources list are also included.

Each of the Project Passport titles can be purchased as a download for $33.95 or as a CD for $34.95.

Topics included in the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece include:

Laying the Foundation
The Archaic Period
Greek Government
Everyday Life
Farming, Business, and Transportation
Education, Oration, and Literature
Medicine and Disease
The Arts
The Greece-Persian Wars
The Golden Age and the Peloponnesian War
Sparta, Thebes, and the Coming of the Macedonians
Alexander the Great
The Hellenistic Age
The Greeks and the Jews
Rediscovering Ancient Greece

You will need several supplies to complete the study such as: a 3 ring binder, cardstock (colored and white), paper (colored and white), folders.and double sided sticky tape.  You will also need basic supplies such as colored pencils, glue, and scissors. If you choose to make the souvenir projects you will also need the supplies for those.

I have been using the Ancient Greece study with my 7,9,11, and 13 year olds.  Some of the stops we have completed in one day but others we have spread out to 2-3 days.  Since we already did the Ancient Egypt study we already had our luggage folder and passport ready.  Instead of printing out all of the pages for all of the children, we decided to work together on one Scrapbook of Sights and one Lap Book. I chose not to print the Guide Book Text out, I read it aloud from the computer. 

Here are a few photos of what we have done so far. 

Here are a few of the items in our Scrapbook of Sights:

A Timeline




We have also been working on pieces to add to our Lap Book at the end of the study.

We have also made a diorama of the Agora.

We are really enjoying the Passport Ancient Greece study!  The text provided at each stop in The Guidebook Text is a perfect length for a wide range of ages.  We love the timeline and mapping activities.  Each of the items added to the scrapbook of sights and the lapbook helps to bring alive the topics being read.  My children love the audio tours! 

The instructions are clear and easy to follow.  Photos of each of the activities are included so you can easily see what they look like when they are completed.  The most difficult part is printing everything out for each of the projects.  You can not print everything all at once, each page has to be printed separately.  I think the finished product is worth the time that is invested and it is something you can continue to look back on. We have learned so much about the life and culture of the Ancient Greeks.  We look forward to finishing this study and can't wait for Ancient Rome to be released next year.

To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!

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