I recently mentioned a project we completed five or six years ago covering the Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. Here’s the other project we completed that same semester, and it fascinated our oldest son so much that he became a little World War II expert over the span of just a couple of months. These two studies remain some of our favorite memories from our oldest child’s elementary school years…
Have you ever wished for a simple and engaging way to embark on a crafty, hands-on history study with elementary-aged children?
Four years ago, our family pieced together a hands-on history unit study covering American events, people, and places of the 20th century. Now that we’re revisiting the 1900s with our memory work again this semester, we’re looking back through our previous work, and… boy! This was such a fun and interactive way to learn American history (and art and science)! We not only learned about historical events related to our history and timeline memory work, but we also learned about medical advancements, sports figures, food, and fashion, just to name a few. It’s one reason our family has so enjoyed our Homeschool in the Woods studies – not only have we learned so much, but we’ve also enjoyed revisiting these memories as we look back through the treasures of our past studies!
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The 20th Century Lap Pak unit study / activity packet (downloadable or on CD-ROM) includes reading and activities for…
Historical Events & Movements, such as World Wars, the Great Depression, NATO, the Space Race, National Disasters, and Civil Rights (including Brown vs. Board of Education):
Advancements in Medicine, Transportation, and Science/Technology
Art Movements & Architectural Accomplishments
Fashion & Dining (with recipes to try!)
Modern missionaries, music, 20th-century authors & literature, and sports figures
and summarizes everything with a Timeline of the 20th Century
This hands-on history study includes detailed instructions for printing and assembling each activity…
along with a booklet which includes readings that correspond to each event/activity.
For those in Classical Conversations, this project activity pak has several tie-ins to this semester’s memory work but is a simpler option than the more in-depth Time Travelers study of the Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. Overall, it’s a fantastic way to get a chronological overview of U.S. events during the 1900s.
Things we’ve enjoyed about the Homeschool in the Woods project paks:
- Great overview of subject matter
- Creative graphics and papercrafts that encourage retention of the events/people/places
- Detailed instructions (with illustrations) explaining how to cut, fold, and assemble the pieces
- Hands-on method of learning some extra history (and a touch of science and art and music)
- Includes a timeline, and we love timelines around here!
- My children love making the pieces and playing with the pieces long after it is finished (which incorporates a good deal of review)
The suggested grade level for completing this project pak is Grade 3-8, but our younger (Grade K-2) children have also enjoyed participating in these projects. If you’re not sure if you or your children would enjoy a unit study such as this one, visit Homeschool in the Woods to see photos of all the projects and to download the free samples of Timeline Figures, Time Travelers, Project Passports, and Olde World Style Maps by visiting the individual product pages. (In fact, we tried out several of the freebies before we ever purchased a Homeschool in the Woods unit study.)
I totally mean it when I say we love these studies! This has been our favorite way to learn history. Even to this day, we continue to find ways to work them into our schedule – either over breaks, over weekends, or on an occasional afternoon. Here’s a sneak peek at other Homeschool in the Woods Studies we’ve completed thus far:
Timelines: Studying History through the Ages
Using Homeschool in the Woods Timelines for Challenge
Artists Activity Lap Pak
Studying World War II
Composer & Orchestra Study
New World Explorers: Columbus and the Age of Exploration
Colonial Life: Handicrafts in History Studies
American Revolution Study
Early 19th Century Study
Benjamin Franklin Unit Study (for grades K-2)
Renaissance & Reformation by Homeschool in the Woods
Middle Ages Project Passport by Homeschool in the Woods
Homeschool in the Woods New Testament Activity Pak
Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
If you have questions about any of these studies, be sure to give us a shout!
If I could give one piece of advice to parents of young children, it would be to enjoy exploring with them. Feel free to nurture a love of learning by pursuing some interest-led activities, regardless of what the critics may say. Six years ago, our oldest son (who is now 14) loved lapbooking and unit studies. He loved paper crafts and building things and history and timelines and maps. After laying a foundation of memory “pegs,” we would take off on learning adventures simply because of his insatiable appetite for “knowledging,” as he would call it. I started to doubt my decisions, thinking that maybe what we were doing wasn’t classical because it wasn’t just a stick and the sand. I wondered if it was just busywork – a waste of time when we could instead focus on learning more Latin vocabulary. But six years later, I can attest that these are some of our most cherished memories. It was not time wasted, but was time absorbed in the love of discovery and learning. Now as a teenager, Stephen has asked to return to these studies during his free time this summer to finish the two Time Travelers studies we never had the chance to tackle. And so… this month, we’ve been in the midst of a world of exploration, literally.
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So the adventure has been the Homeschool in the Woods New World Explorers Time Traveler Study, a hands-on history learning experience for exploring the world of… New World Explorers. It includes 25 lessons for learning about the age of exploration, including…
:: A timeline of the Age of Exploration, along with Explorer Profiles. The 24 explorers included in this study are: Brendan the Navigator, Leif Eriksson, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Juan Ponce De Leon, Vasco Nunez De Balboa, Francisco Pizarro, Ferdinand Magellan, Giovanni Da Verrazano, Hernando Cortes, Jaques Cartier, Hernando De Soto, Francisco Vasquez De Coronado, Sir Francis Drake, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Jean Ribaut, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Smith, Juan De Onate, Samuel De Champlain, Henry Hudson, Vitus Bering, and James Cook.
The story of each explorer (and the overall story of the Age of Exploration) is provided in the lesson text, but the study also includes a list of books for further research and exploration.
:: Map overlays for 11 of the 24 explorers. Map overlays provide a way to see the different exploratory routes taken by New World Explorers.
:: And multiple projects, activities, and games to spark a child’s (and adult’s) imagination.
What I love about these activity studies is that there’s something special for each of our children’s natural interests. While our oldest enjoys the timelines, maps, and papercrafting projects…. [Read more…]
Our oldest son is in Classical Conversations Challenge I. As the years pass and he takes on more and more responsibility (and as he also surpasses my height), I’m fully aware that his childhood is fading into a collection of memories. Six years ago seems so recent yet so distant. One moment there’s an eight-year-old sitting in front of you struggling to write a three-sentence paragraph and another moment there’s this young man with a deep voice pointing out the logical fallacies in your arguments and teaching you a bit about Latin subjunctive mood. I’ve been suffering from a bit of nostalgia lately, pondering memories I so cherish that all I can do is pour them out here in words and photos that don’t do them justice. Sometimes as parents we can get so caught up in the things we wish we’d done differently. But there are some things I absolutely don’t regret. [Read more…]
The 20th Century Lap Pak unit study / activity packet (downloadable or on CD-ROM) includes Lapbooking activities for…
1. World Wars
2. Other Conflicts: In the Americas & Global
3. Political Events
4. Movements that Made a Mark in History
5. Modern Missionaries
7. The Stock Market Crash of 1929
8. Science & Invention in the 20th Century
9. Medical Advancements
10. The Space Race
11. Art Movements of the Modern Era
12. Accomplishments in Architecture
13. 20th-Century Authors and their Literature
14. Music of the Century
15. Transportation in America
16. News & Media of the 20th Century
17. Sports Figures Who Made Their Mark in History
18. People of Interest
19. Diner Menu “Dining through the Decades”
20. Fashion through the Decades
21. Slang Terminology
22. Timeline of the 20th Century