This boy melts my heart! Colby had a 101 fever and pneumonia in this picture but he is still smiling.
We are so lucky to be able to use another Home School in the Woods product. This year we have been able to use the newest project passport called HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece. It’s a mouthful so I’ll just refer to Ancient Greece from now on. In case you aren’t familiar with these projects there is also Ancient Egypt, The Middle Ages and Renaissance & Reformation currently available. Ancient Rome is in the works and should be out in. 2018.
So what exactly is a Project Passport? It’s a whole lot of fun, information and learning packaged into a zip file or a disc for you to use. It’s basically a trip through time to which ever of the topics you chose from above. You will learn through 25 stops on your vacation through Ancient Greece.
Every stop is considered a lesson. Each lesson can take as long as you need. Older kids can get through a lesson in a day or two while younger kids might need up to two weeks. When you purchase the downloadable files you are sent a zip file. You are also given a link to the files on the internet. On the web page it’s very easy to see what needs to be printed out for each lesson.
The suggested age range for these projects packs is third to eighth grade. The reading and information for each lesson is great for all ages. For younger children you will want to work together as the information goes pretty in depth. You can see a sample of the text in the picture below.
Each stop has a variety of activities for your student to participate in. If you like lap books then you will be in Heaven! If your kids are older there are plenty of activities that don’t include cutting, pasting and coloring pictures. In the Ancient Greece pack there are ten different recipes to try. You can build a diorama, paint a Fresco or learn about the different constellations.
At the end of the passport pack there are additional suggested resources. This allows you to supplement or explore deeper avenues of study that are of interest to your kids.
My World History Thoughts
Home School in the Woods did not disappoint with their newest addition. I am continually amazed at the research and details that are put into all of their products. You cannot help but learn new information just by reading the text provided. The projects are filled with information and more facts to learn. I mentioned before that you can do as many of the projects as you want. We personally are not huge into lap booking. If I’m honest I’d say that I really don’t like it at all. That being said I have a daughter who loves cutting, pasting and coloring so I knew this would be right up her alley. I have used other Home School in the Woods products so had no illusions as to the amount of printing and work that goes into setting up the passport.
Before I reviewed my first product for this company I thought the price was a little high. $35 for a download? Trust me when I tell you that they could easily charge double and I’d still pay it. The versatility is amazing and to have all those resources in one place is truly worth the small investment you make.
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I was recently given a gift certificate to check out different Valentine’s Day products at Uncommon Goods. I was able to check out three different items I’ve had my eye on for awhile. I’d like to tell you a little about Uncommon Goods before I show you what I selected. The company was started in 1999 as a way to feature unique products that are in harmony with the environment. Based in the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal the mission of the company is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. Most of the products are made in the USA and half of the products are handmade.
The first product I selected was the Butter Churner ($30). We’ve been buying raw milk for a couple years now and each bottle has all the cream that rises to the top. It’s a beautiful thing to see in my fridge. I have not made much use of the cream by itself even though I’ve wanted to. I thought this would be a fun project for the girls to help me with. They’ve both made butter in mason jars with a marble before so this was much easier for them.
This is a sturdy churner! It will take about ten to twelve minutes to get your fresh butter. You can pass it around the family if your arms get tired. The directions say to let your cream sit out for two hours so that it is room temperature and I highly recommend following that. The colder it is, the longer you will churn! Included in the directions are recipes for Cinnamon Butter, Parmesan Basil Butter, Chili Butter and Buttermilk Fruit Scones.
The second item I chose was a Portable Cheese Melt Utensil but it is no longer available so I won’t go into to much detail on it. We love fondue around here and this is a fun way to make cheese melt fast. It’s basically a little plate with tea lights under it to keep it nice and warm. There is a fondue for two set that is still available if you are interested.
The third item I chose was Liquid Glass Thinking Putty. This stuff is silly putty for grown ups! It’s absolutely crystal clear in the container and then turns a milky color when you play with it. I’m seriously bummed that Riley left the putty out and the cat rolled on it. Cat hair and clear putty don’t really mix well so it had to be thrown away. When my brothers and sister come over we pull out the putty while we are talking after dinner. It’s a fun way to provide tactile support for those who need it, plus it makes us feel like kids again!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there are so many gift ideas available. 314 of them to be exact! If you want to narrow it down a little bit there are some great gifts for men or husbands. Of course if there is a gift guide for husbands you can be sure there are some gift ideas for the wives as well.
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I HATE New Years resolutions. In fact a couple years ago I decided my only resolution would be to never make another resolution. That being said there are some things that I need to change. Specifically I needed to start eating healthier. We took some family pictures last month and while I knew I’d gained a ton of weight seeing it in pictures really drove it home.
I figured I’d try Medifast because of all the amazing success stories I’d heard. One day into it and my stomach hurt so bad I knew this wasn’t going to work. Turns out my gallbladder does not love Medifast at all. I don’t really have time to go have surgery right now so that means I needed to go a different direction.
Years ago I tried the MyFitnessPal app. I liked it but got tired of tracking calories so I quit using it. There have been some updates to it since I tried it last and it is much easier to use now. I especially like the scanning feature. It’s really easy to scan a barcode and it pulls up all the nutritional information for you.
I still have a hard time adding in my own recipes but I’m getting better at it. I’m happy to report that I’m down 6.2 lbs just by watching my calories! That might not seem like a big deal to some one else but to me it’s a huge deal. I haven’t gone down on the scale in three years before this month.
I don’t really have any accountability partners like with Weight Watchers or something so I’m hoping that by posting about it I”ll feel more accountable to myself. If you’d like to join me on my getting healthy journey that is not a New Years resolution, I’d love to have you along. Tell me in the comments what you are working on . If you want to use MyFitnessPal also let me know and I’ll figure out a way to add you as a friend. If you know how to do that let me know please.