If you are looking for a hands-on way to study history, then Homeschool in the Woods has something fun called Project Passport. Project Passport is a series of homeschool curriculum units that help you and your children immerse yourself in a specific time period with all kinds of active learning opportunities.
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Project Passport – The Middle Ages
We had the opportunity to try Project Passport – The Middle Ages. The Middle Ages is a great choice for us since this is a time period we haven’t looked at much either at home or at homeschool co-op classes. We’ve never done a Project Passport either and have just started. But we’ve done enough of it to give you a glimpse and introduce you to a fun option that you might enjoy!
As you’ll see below in the photos, Project Passport is detailed. There is a lot here including activities, projects, audio tours, games, a lapbook, and more.
First up is my binder to keep all my paperwork in. There are 25 Stops along the journey that is meant to take 6-12 weeks. So in my binder I’ll keep all of the reading material that goes with each stop as well as the Itinerary, etc.
For Caroline, we assembled the Passport and Luggage Folder.
The student keeps a Scrapbook of Sights.
Caroline opted to put the Snapshot Moments in History Timeline in the binder rather than tape together something long to display. As we go through the lessons, she’ll cut out the pieces and add them to the timeline and color them.
This will overlap a bit with the Timeline Trio we already have from Homeschool in the Woods, but that’s okay. I believe this will be much more detailed for this specific time period. (Read my post about that here: History Timeline for Relaxed Homeschoolers.)
There is a 12 page newspaper called The Medieval Times.
It has a lot of clever sections that we will fill in as we go through the lessons.
This will make a nice collection of what we’ve learned along the way and is a good fit for a creative child’s learning style.
Like all of the Project Passports from Homeschool in the Woods, there are lots of interesting hands-on projects that go with the various Stops along the way. If you aren’t familiar with Project Passports, you can read more about them here with lots of photos: So… Just What is a Project Passport?
There is also a video with lots of picture you can see right here!
I think we will have a lot of fun going through this. But if I could change two things, it would be these.
One, I wish everything came all printed. Getting all of this organized requires quite a bit of printing, cutting, and assembling. Since David and Caroline enjoy that more than I do (and it’s easier for them), I simply gave those tasks to David and Caroline. Overall, it is worth the time because all of the pieces will help create a memorable unit. But know that you will have to spend a fair amount of behind the scenes prep work time.
Two, I wish the teacher/parent materials were easier to read. I found the font tiny and hard to read. Maybe this won’t matter to other (younger eyed – LOL!) moms and this is unique to me. But I honestly found the materials a little overwhelming because I felt like I had to struggle to focus while reading it. We’ll use the materials because I think there are a lot of value in them, but I wish the parent part was a bit more user-friendly.
I hope you enjoyed this peek at Project Passport from Homeschool in the Woods. Be sure to check out all of the opportunities they have for you and your family starting with the Project Passports collection.