Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Review of the Wonders of the World Hands-on History Lap-Pak from Home School in the Woods

I have learned in our home school that if I can make learning fun, my students learn better and tend to retain more facts.  This is why we have enjoyed so many of the products that Home School in the Woods has developed.  Since we have liked using their products in the past, I was curious to see what my daughter would think of Wonders of the World from the Hands-on History Lap-Pak collection from Home School in the Woods when we received it for review recently.
Home School in the Woods
Home School in the Woods is a family run company that understands homeschooling since it was created when the Pak's began their own homeschooling journey.  Amy saw the need to make history come alive so that  her own children were not bored.  She started pulling together resources and used them along with others that 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.
A Glimpse of Normal

A Glimpse of Normal
Wonders of the World is just one of the Hands-on History Lap-Pak.  They also offer Lap-Paks on The 20th Century in America, U.S. Elections, Benjamin Franklin, and Knights.  The Benjamin Franklin and Knights Paks are designed for children in grades K-2 while the other three Paks are designed for grades 3-8.  The Wonders of the World Hands-on History Lap-Pak that we received is a combination of reading and hands-on activities.  It also includes the audio files of the reading if your student prefers to listen and follow the text.  There are 23 lapbooking projects included in this Lap-Pak.  The projects include coloring, cutting, writing, drawing, and research among other skills.  It teaches your student all about Ancient Wonders, Medieval Wonders, Modern Wonders, and Natural Wonders through the reading and projects  This Lap-Pak is available as a digital download, like we received, or you can purchase the unit on CD.
A Glimpse of Normal

A Glimpse of Normal

A Glimpse of Normal

A Glimpse of Normal
Little Miss has been using this Wonders of the World Lap-Pak.  I thought it would be a great way for her to learn some history on topics that might not be covered in our other history work.  I started by downloading our copy of the Wonders of the World and then I found the "Start" page which is a like a cheat sheet for parents/teachers.  The "Start" page is a quick way to find everything you need for this lapbook in one place.  It is a quick guide to printing each page, project, and the reading.  It also has links to the audio reading so you can quickly find them for your student to listen to the reading.  The "Start" page has everything listed in order and there are pictures you can click on that show you what the finished project should look like.  I am so glad it was included as it made it easy to get the right things printed for each project.  I started by printing the reading booklet because I knew that I wanted to do a combination of reading aloud and listening to the audio text.  So some days I would have her read about the wonder we were studying and other times I would have her listen to the text being read aloud instead.  We don't always listen to the audio files (they match the printed reading exactly), but we are still in summer mode so I thought the audio was a way to keep this fun.  Then I started printing up the various projects.  I printed things ahead and just kept them clipped together until we needed them.  This way I knew for sure I had everything on hand that we needed.  We worked through a project a week.  We have been bouncing back and forth with the Ancient Wonders and the Medieval Wonders.  Normally I would not have done this, but Little Miss saw some of the project pages I printed and started asking questions about Stonehenge and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I decided to work on those while she was curious about them.  In addition to those 2 projects she worked on the Statute of Zeus and the Temple of Artemis.  She read or listened to the reading for each of these wonders.  The reading is full of information and it is written in a way that keeps her attention while she is learning.  We have also worked some on the Timeline in the Wonders of the World.  We have not completed it yet because Little Miss wants to add to it as we study each wonder rather than doing it all at the beginning.  Like the other Home School in the Woods products we have worked on Little Miss's favorite part of this Lap-Pak has been the hands-on activities and projects.  I feel like the projects help her understand the material and retain the facts since she isn't just reading on a subject.
A Glimpse of Normal
I have really enjoyed this Wonders of the World Hands-on History Lap-Pak.  It is something we can work on at our own pace and we don't have to work in any particular order which led to us changing up the projects I thought we were going to complete to the ones that Little Miss was asking to learn about.  I love that this is okay and easy to do with this product.  It allows Little Miss some choice of what she works on which makes her happy.  I appreciate that this product keeps her attention and keeps her interested in the material she is learning about.  I love the "Start" page of the Lap-Pak because it makes my job easier since everything is laid out for me and I can quickly find the link to what I need to print.  I am also grateful for the "Suggestions of Other Resources" which I found in the introduction.  It has several books and links that I want to dig into with Little Miss in a month or so when we officially begin our school year.  Like every other Home School in the Woods product we have reviewed, I feel like the Wonders of the World is extremely thorough and well-written.  I find myself learning as much about Wonders as Little Miss is which is a great thing.  We have completed 4 projects so far and I plan to finish the other projects as part of our history class when we start up school again next month.
Project Passport Ancient Rome
We definitely recommend the Wonders of the World Hands-on History Lap-Pak from Home School in the Woods.  It makes learning about the wonders of our world a lot of fun and it covers so many wonders different time periods that it makes you want to learn more.  We are also very excited about Home School in the Woods' latest project, Project Passport: Ancient Rome.  This project completes their Project Passport Collection.  We got a chance to try our their Project Passport: Ancient Greece last year and it was great.  Home School in the Woods is truly one of our favorite companies for hands-on history because they offer so many different product lines.  They have the Project Passport World History Series, Time Travelers American History, Hands-on History Lap-Paks, Hands-on History Activity-Paks, Hands-on History Activity Studies, and their À la Carte Timelines.  There is truly something for everyone.  Home School in the Woods is definitely a company that we check out for our history needs.  You can learn more about them on their website, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.  You can learn more about the Wonders of the World that we received here.  You can also learn what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew thought of the products they received from Home School in the Woods by clicking the banner below.  We got to review many of their products so definitely check out what my friends are saying.
Hands-on-History, Project Passport, À La Carte Timelines and Time Travelers {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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