Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Review of the Make-a-State Activity from Home School in the Woods

I must confess that I have not had Little Miss focusing very much on geography yet for school.  It isn't because I didn't want her to learn about geography, it is more because I usually don't focus on it until about 4th grade.  So I was very excited to receive access to the Make-a-State Activity from Home School in the Woods to review with Little Miss.  The Make-a-State Activity is part of the Activity-Paks series from this company which includes: Make-a-State, The Old Testament, The New Testament, Composers, and Artists.
Hands-On History Activity-Paks: Make-A-State, History, hands-on, hands on lap book, lapbook, elections, hands on learning, U.S. history, United States, United States history, Time Line, Time Line Figures, Biblical History, Ancient History
Home School in the Woods is a family run company that was created when the Pak family began their homeschooling journey.  Amy saw a need to make history come alive and not bore her own children, so she dove in and started pulling together resources.  She used the resources she pulled together and others she created to start the business.  Now her whole family is involved and they each have their own unique role at Home School in the Woods.
Hands-On History Activity-Paks: Make-A-State
The Make-a-State Activity-Pak can be purchased as either a digital download, like we received, for $18.95 or a CD version for $19.95.   You can use it to study any state in the U.S., including Washington D.C.  Using this Activity-Pack, your student creates a lapbook for each state you choose.  There are 20 projects for each state and each projects uses a variety of methods such as creative writing, illustrating, coloring, research, and mapping.  The projects include learning about:
  • Key State Facts
  • Origin of State Names
  • State Motto
  • State Symbols
  • State Song
  • State Wildlife
  • Regions
  • State Landmarks
  • State Geography
  • State Government
  • State Seal & Flag
  • State History
  • Famous People From...
  • Native Tribes
  • State Industry/Agriculture/Climate
  • Sports Teams
  • State Quarter
  • Recipes
  • State Vocabulary
  • State Timeline
This Activity-Pak can easily be used along with state study, books, or history curriculum you are using.  It includes an introduction for the teacher, the directions for each project, lapbook assembly instructions, photographs that show the completed projects, bonus "State Pages" that give basic information about each state, a bonus "Name That State!" File Folder Game, and a list of other suggested resources for further state study.  It is recommended for grades 3-8.
Little Miss was very excited for us to get this review to work on.  She really wants to learn about geography and she loved the last HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece that we got to work on earlier this year.  She couldn't wait for me to print off the directions and her first project so that she could get going on this review.  We chose to work on the State of Michigan first because it is our state and since we just moved here, we don't know too much about it.  She started with coloring the lapbook cover page and learning the Key State Facts.  This gave me the opportunity to show her how to look up things online and how to find good information when you are searching online.  After this first project, we continued on at the pace of  one to two projects a week.  This pace allowed Little Miss to soak in the information she was learning and it allowed her to do extra research when she found facts that interested her about our state.

Little Miss decided that she wants to do all the projects for the lapbook and then put the book together all at one time.  She thinks this way will be easier for her to make sure she has room for each project.  She completes a project and cuts it out and then puts in her file folder that will hold all of her work until she completes all 20 projects.  She is currently half way through the projects and is trying to decide what state she wants to work on next when we start the school year this fall.
My daughter loved this Make-a-State Activity because it is hands-on history which Home School in the Woods is all about.  She learns better and retains more information when she does the types of projects that Home School in the Woods produces.  These projects are just the right length for her.  They hold her attention and she doesn't get overwhelmed because they are too long or too in-depth.  She is learning because she is doing and it requires her to find the information.  Some of the activites have pre-printed items or blank ones depending on the level of your student and how much of their own work you want them to do, but I have been having Little Miss use the blank ones and doing the work herself.  I appreciate all the different options with this Make-a-State Activity-Pak.  It allows me the freedom to add as much or as little to this study with the extra resources that I want to for Little Miss.  I can customize it for what works best for us.
We are huge fans of the hands-on history approach that Home School in the Woods uses in their products.  They offer a wide range of products for students of all ages.  We have personally used their U.S. Elections Lap-Pak and it taught my son a lot about the election process last year.  Both of my kids are interested in other titles in their Lap-Pak Series.  Like I mentioned before we have also reviewed their Project Passports series and liked that one too.  Little Miss is interested in more of that series too.  I am also excited about their new A La Carte Projects they are offering.  They have made approximately 50 projects available to purchase A La Carte style.  These are smaller projects and games that fit into their larger studies, but it is a great way to purchase some of the individual projects to work on without having to purchase a whole unit (although the whole units are great too).  Right now they are even offering a FREE A La Carte project on The Erie Canal when you use the discount code alacarte at checkout.

We definitely recommend the Make-a-State Activity we reviewed.  My son has been asking me if I can add this to his school this fall to even though he is going into 9th grade.  I'm all for it.  You can learn more about all of the different products that Home School in the Woods has to offer on their website.  You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.  You can learn more about the Make-a-State Activity we received here.  I highly recommend that you click on the banner below to read the reviews from my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew because we got to review many of their different series.  I know I will be checking out the reviews so I can decide which series I need to add to my upcoming school year for each of my kids.
Hands-on History {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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