Mom.. please, can we make more???
This was the refrain I heard when using the Great Empires Activity Study by Home School in the Woods. We have been doing this study as part of Schoolhouse Review Crew. We worked on the Vikings and China.
Product: The Great Empires.
Pricing: Download $18.95, CD $19.95
Age Range: Elementary
Text, videos, activity, menus. This sums up the way the study was set up. A timeline is also provided so you can fill in the figures as you study them. The download link had PDF files which included texts, projects and printable activity pages. The projects lists included recipes, games, maps, hands-on projects, crafts and list of reference literature for further in-depth studies.
Learning how the Vikings influenced the world around them the lad found absolutely fascinating. Since the people were afraid of the Vikings they learned better ways to defend themselves. The lad was so intrigued by that idea that he wove it into his play for several days after that. The Vikings inspired a boat trip on a rainy day.
We also made a surprising discovery. Our recipes for this part of the study called for Egg Drop Soup and Spring Rolls. My very fussy, extremely cautious of new foods, lad LIKES Egg Drop Soup!!!! I learned that hey... Spring rolls are fairly good (especially with plum sauce), but the lad very much disagreed with me. He gobbled up the egg drop soup and all was right in his world. :)
My overall opinion
My son found that it was enough information. I parsed out the information to him. I watched videos with him in between reading the textual facts. Some of the facts were simply too dry to just read to him in one sitting. We used videos to make the learning become more real.
I will continue to use this study but I can see myself supplementing it. Using things like the Great Wall 3-D puzzle to show difficult it was to make the wall, and how they had to defend it. I would anticipate doing more of that sort of thing. BUT that's me and how I do things. This study would stand alone quite nicely as it does teach the basic facts to elementary age children. I just want more....
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