My seven-year old daughter, Miranda, and I recently did a product review on a unit study about Knights that was one of the Hands-on History Lap-Paks from Home School in the Woods that I will give you all the details about right here in this article.
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Homeschool In The Woods Hands-on History Lap-Paks: Knights Review
Homeschool In The Woods has many different products that really bring history to life in a hands-on way. I was given the Lap-Pak about Knights to review. Each Lap-Pak includes projects on a topic for one completed lap book as well as a printable booklet to read. The completed lap book helps to guide the study by having something tangible your child can see and touch and maneuver.
How We Used It
So I received a downloadable product that I downloaded onto my desktop computer. You need to have an Adobe product to make this work, but if you do not, they include a link to get it. This is the first time Miranda has ever done a lap-pak of any kind and the first time I have reviewed Homeschool In The Woods, so I was a little concerned whether I would do it right. I need not have feared though, because there are step-by-step directions for each project and for the lap book assembly. They include printable masters to complete each activity. Here is an example of one…
There is a menu of everything you should be looking for in your downloaded files.
This is a photo of some variations of how a lapbook could be completed.
We printed the cover of the lap book and Miranda colored (markered) that while I read the booklet to her.
Here is the beautiful cover on her Lap-Book. She was so proud of it, she wrote her name on the front cover.
Every time we sat down to work on it, I would print a project for her to work on and I would read to her while she was cutting, coloring, gluing, taping or whatever she needed to do. During the weapons part, she really wanted to get the colors right, so I had to slow down and re-read that section many times. She was disappointed that they didn't mention the colors of about three of them, so she guessed.
She is kind of a perfectionist and she really liked the puppet of the knights in the tournament section and the labels on the right with the glossary, so she was afraid to color them because “it might look ugly”. So I let her leave the parts white that she did not want to color. This is what her completed lap book looks like on the inside.
She was very worried about getting “the knighting ceremony” section “just right”. We did have to print the page twice with the sword because she colored the first one and was really disappointed in it and wished she would have left it white. She carefully pushed the golden peg through the paper so that the sword would move up and down so the king could “knight” the kneeling squire, who we learned was probably between the ages of 18 and 21. My oldest child is 19 and Miranda was surprised that someone “that young” (in her mind) could be a Knight!
“I liked that I can make the book to play with and then play with it while Mom is reading to me, but I don't like it when Mom has me say the big words out loud.” (she had trouble with “pilgrimage” and “chivalry”)
This is a really neat idea for teaching children to make the story “come to life”. Miranda is a visual and hands-on type learner so I think this was perfect for her. I am curious to try more of their products and am pleased that many of them are under $10 and I could have them in an “Internet Instant”!
Other Products from Homeschool In The Woods
I was thinking my older 7th grade son would enjoy something like this and noticed there is an Ancient Rome pack that will even have a CD in Fall 2018. It is a little more expensive, but it is a 12 week program, so I can see why!
They also have a complete Project Passport collection to check out as well.
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