{Homeschool Product Review} ~ Project Passport World History Studies

History is one of my favorite subjects to teach to my students. And so when I was given the opportunity to review a product from the  Project Passport World History Studies from Home School in the Woods, I was thrilled. I chose the Ancient Egypt Passport.

This was perfect timing for us. I teach history chronologically, and we take four years to go through all of history. This last year, we finished up modern history and my now 18 year-old daughter finished up high school. I only have one more student, Nutsy, and she has exactly four years left of school to do another history round in.

I decided that Project Passport Ancient Egypt was going to be the perfect way to whet her appetite over the summer for ancient history. This is meant for grades 5-8, although I could see younger students benefiting too, as well as older students also.

The Project Passport series is a super fun addition to your history studies. Within this program there are "Stops". Each Stop is basically a lesson, where your student does a variety of hands-on activities. Throughout all of the Stops your child will put together a notebook of all of their work, which includes a timeline and a lapbook.

In the Ancient Egypt passport, there are 25 stops. This is a digital product that came as a PDF zip file. After unzipping, you hit Start and it goes to the main web page for your particular passport. There is some preliminary information you do need to read; how to correctly print off all the pages, materials you will need (card stock, stapler, glue, double stick tape, paper fasteners....) and an explanation about how this whole thing works.

There is a bit of work to do right in the beginning. But I spent only about a half hour and had the first three Stops all printed out. The printouts are PDF's and are conveniently labeled at the bottom by Stop, so you know exactly what Stop each printout goes with.

For each Stop there are two main components: the Guide Book text and the Itinerary.

Below, you can see how each Stop is set up online - all of the printable PDF's are also listed right below.

The Guide Book text is a readable text. For each Stop there are 3 pages of text to read. These pertain to what is being learned in that Stop.

The Itinerary tell you how to use all of the printables and what tasks your student needs to do.

So how does this really look and how did I implement this?

Like I said above, I spent some time preparing all of the printouts for the first few lessons. When we sat to work, we followed the Itinerary. The first Stop is all about prepping some of the things you use throughout the program. First, we put together the Timeline.

We chose to make the accordion-style timeline.

In each Stop we continued to add figures to our timeline as suggested.

We did find though, that there were things on this timeline that did not have figures. One thing that would have been nice was to have more of these figures to cut out and place. But having the timeline gave us a great overview of the timing of all the events.

We also put together a large map, which was also added to on some of the Stops.

And we put together our notebook.

We placed all of her activities and papers in here.

We also sat and read the Guide Book text. You will begin in Stop #1 by reading about the first humans in the area and the importance of the Nile. In the next few Stops, you'll learn about everyday life (education, caste system, employment). I was so excited when I saw that Home School in the Woods is from a Christian perspective, so we did read that the first Egyptian's were most likely descendants of Ham, Noah's son.

Other things you will read about are the pyramids, hieroglyphics, medicine, art, religion, and then multiple Stops go briefly through Egyptian history.

Many of the activities you do in the Itinerary are for the lapbook. Here, she made a piece that shows the different jobs that Egyptians had.

This will go into the Ziploc bag and at the end, she will create a lapbook with all of these components.

This was one of her favorites - an Egyptian cookbook!

There are enough recipes in here to make an Egyptian feast. Making food to bring more interest to history is a passion of Home School in the Woods, as you can see at this blog post on food and history. Check it out for a few recipes!

Another of the things you are working on in this Passport is a newspaper. These are also assigned in the Itinerary and by the end, your child will have a completed newspaper filled with articles and illustrations.

One neat thing about this: you do not need to do every component to make this work. Of course the more you do the more you can put in your notebook and lapbook, but if you come across an activity that you don't want to do, it's okay. This happened for us in Stop #3, where you can dress like an Egyptian. You can actually print off a collar, head covering, amulet and more, for both boys and girls. Nusty was not interested in doing this part, but we still talked about what they wore and how that might have felt.

There are so many activities in this series! I also loved that they kept with the travel theme - one neat thing included were some MP3 files. These were dramatized audio clips of a tour down the Nile. Your child will also collect postcards throughout their journey, just like you would on any trip. And because this is a trip, your child will create their very own passport, complete with their own photo.

I have to say that Nutsy absolutely ate this program up. We spent three days a week on this and are planning to finish it by the end of August. I have found that most of my kids love hands on activities, which make the subject come alive for them. And the products from Home School in the Woods are perfect for this.

And another neat thing? Since this is a downloadable PDF, you can print off as make copies as you want, for multiple students. There are a few other Project Passport places to visit and their newest, Ancient Rome, just became available.

Project Passports are a great way to make history come alive for your students. I highly recommend this hands on way to learn. Other Crew members reviewed not only the Project Passports, but Time Travelers US History and also their Timeline Collection. Check out what they thought by clicking below!

World History (Project Passport), U.S. History Studies (Time Travelers) and Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures  {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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