Homeschool In The Woods has an amazing setup for homeschool history. Study resources ABOUND in their materials and you can win your own New World Explorers History program! I LOVE their goodies. They’re like a decadent ooey, gooey desert and you can eat it without any consequences. Hush, we’re back on GAPS and I’m craving some today. 😉 You can read my review too for further details.
Anyways! Homeschool In The Woods materials are basically a homeschool cirrcumlum over history minus the boring & dry. These are hands on materials people. I’m talking making a pirate boat, baking hardtack, creating dioramas, declaring a time when you do nothing but Talk Like a Pirate and say words like Thar She Blows, Scallywag, and you hold your pointer finger like you’ve a hook for a hand. Yes, I see we have pirate issues in my home now.
But, there’s other things..like learning all the different maps and seeing how all these people traveled, where they “passed” one another, where they should have turned to find something different. It gets you and the kids to thinking about how brave you’d have to be. After all….there were sea monsters out there! I have a hard enough time figuring out N,S,E,W amongst landmarks I can’t imagine it surrounded by a sea of blue.
We also talked about how exploring all these foods from new worlds would have been so exotic and intense. After all, potatoes and peppers weren’t a normal fare. Could you imagine biting into a pepper, feeling the heat and burn and wondering if you’d just bit into hell itself? The trust you’d have to have in another. I always wondered especially about the Kings and Queens. How easy would it have been for an assassination attempt when bringing “exotic” foods and plants back. I know…I’ve been watching too many documentaries about the rise and fall of kingdoms.
The kids really enjoyed them too. Tyler loved all the navigational things. Making the magnet was probably the coolest thing as was the knots. I was REALLY afraid I’d walk in the room and he’d have the girls hogtied. He didn’t…as far as I know. Rhea loved the clothes, the sea monsters and mermaids, and the freedom to make her own lapbook. Sunshine loved that she could participate too. She colored a lot, made her own flags, sea creatures, maps, helped with cutting out the explorers for the timeline and placing them where they should go. She also loved when the kids would read to her about the explorers and she enjoyed sharing new words she learned from the vocabulary with family. (Oh yeah…score 1 for the homeschoolers. 😉 )
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