Once upon a time, I intensely disliked the study of history. I could hardly bear the thought of cracking open a history textbook. One thousand other things beckoned me to come hither – to spend my time with things more pleasant. As a homeschool mom, I had to overcome my fear of history boredom, for I witnessed early on that we had a young one who tended to perk up at the sight or sound of anything historical. Fortunately for me (and for him), most of our significant history studies have come from reading “living books” and completing fascinating studies by Brimwood Press… and Homeschool in the Woods.
When I gave our sixth grader an option of completing any special projects of his choosing this year, he asked for a) history, and b) the Time Travelers series from Homeschool in the Woods. These American history studies are the preferred favorite of our family’s enthusiastic historian, Stephen (age 11). (Affiliate links are used in this post.)
Recommended for grades 3-8, The American Revolution offers an in-depth, hands-on learning experience comprised of 25 lessons that can spread across 5-10 weeks (or more). The study covers the politics and conflicts that launched our nation, including Colonial beginnings, the French & Indian War, problems leading up to the revolution, the Continental Congress, General Washington, women of the war, specific battles, important persons who fought for the cause of liberty, and more. As part of this study, we investigated important documents such as the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, which has tied in well with our memory work the first few weeks of this school year (weeks two through five, to be exact) and will tie into our memory work once again at the end of this school year.
While younger students would need more assistance with the projects, older students like Stephen are able to handle the majority of the unit study independently, which is the reason our family has been able to incorporate this into our school day. (Stephen is almost always the reason we embark on history studies as a family. He coordinates projects and readings. It’s his passion. His passion is my blessing.)
- 11 Lap Book Projects, including pop-ups and layered books on things such as George vs George comparison, Whig vs. Tory comparison, pie book of tax acts, tea troubles, women of the war, and important figures
- Mitchell’s Map
- Shadow Puppet Play
- “The Daily Bugle” Newspaper
- Franklin’s experiments: music of glass, optics
- Candle Dipping
- Make a Haversack
- Cut a 5-Pointed Star
- Make a Colonial Flag Floorcloth
- Colonial Recipes
- Miniature Soldiers
- Notebooking Activities
- Accordion Timeline with Timeline Figures (photo at the top of this post)
- “Tribute to the Revolution” Party
But our family favorites are definitely the file folder games!
A final note: Just as soon as Stephen wrapped up his study of the American Revolution, he pulled out The Early 19th Century Study… on a Saturday… as one thousand other things beckon him to come hither. I’m thankful for a child who stretches us beyond what I would normally plan to do, and I’m thankful for Homeschool in the Woods for making it all the more enjoyable.
- New World Explorers
- Colonial Life
- American Revolution Study
- Early 19th Century Study
- Civil War Study
- Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
- World War I
- Homeschool in the Woods 20th Century Lap Pak
- Benjamin Franklin Unit Study (for grades K-2)
- Homeschool in the Woods New Testament Activity Pak
- Renaissance & Reformation by Homeschool in the Woods
- Middle Ages Project Passport by Homeschool in the Woods
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