Project Passport World History Study: Middle Ages Review

 

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As part of the TOS Review Crew I was given the opportunity to review their hands-on activity based history unit, Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages.

I was super excited to check out this resource because Bram loves just about everything from the Middle Ages. Castles? Knights and armor? Trebuchets? Oh yeah! But, before I dig into my impression of this study, let me give you some background information.

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What is Project Passport: Middle Ages?

Project Passport World History Study: Middle Ages is one of three unit studies on world history. In addition to the Middle Ages, Homeschool in the Woods currently offers Ancient Egypt, as well as Renaissance and Reformation. They have plans to add Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

Each Project Passport consists 25 lessons, ending with the big shebang, a beautiful lapbook for which your student has slowly been creating pieces during the 8-12 weeks it takes to complete each study.

Depending on your student’s age and ability level. Each lesson can take anywhere from a day or two, to a week to complete. This study was designed with third to eighth graders in mind.

How Does It Work?

It’s easy! Project Passport: Middle Ages is available via download or CD. With the download option, in a few quick clicks you can have your curriculum ready at your fingertips.

The teacher is provided with a syllabus, instructions, reading text list and an easy-to-understand (and implement) schedule.  The student benefits from a large array of of printable, as well as hands-on, activities.

After your child creates their passport and “luggage folder” the adventure begins. The student is immersed in an historically-accurate world of story and activity.

Also offered are some great audio selections. Perfect for lunch time entertainment.

My Impression

Middle Ages Study

Honestly, when I first opened the Middle Ages file, I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed. I’ve never done a unit study like this before. And there was a lot of information.

A whole lot.

But I quickly realized the beauty of this set up is that you can choose to use Project Passport: Middle Ages in two different ways. You can

  1. use it as a thorough yet sweeping overview of this time period and finish it in the recommended 8-12 weeks. Or…
  2. get really deep into this study, hopping off on untold rabbit trails for a really in depth study.

Second, I was impressed with the scope. A great deal of pertinent historical happenings are covered. And that’s not easy to do, being that the Middle Ages include such a large chunk of our historical timelines. They start at the fall of the Roman Empire, which segued into the Dark Ages, and cruise through everyday life, arts, church, Crusades, knights, and more.

It’s comprehensive!

Lastly, I liked the quality and variety. The reading text and audio suggestions are really good. You’re not reading from a dry textbooks. These are living books that help bring history to life!

And the projects are fun quality as well. Even though this is a downloadable/CD curriculum, these projects are more than your run of the mill, cut and paste worksheets. You make stick puppets, and postcards, and even 3D items (like a catapult). Like I said, fun!

My one and only complaint is that there is a lot of printing. One day, I’d love to see a pre-printed book option. 

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I hope you’ll take the time to check out Project Passport World History Study: Middle Ages, one of several history studies by Homeschool in the Woods. This is a wonderfully in depth, stand alone, period study, or it would be a great project-addition to any middle ages curriculum.

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Homeschool Planet Online Planner Review

As part of the TOS Review Crew, I was given the opportunity to review the Homeschool Planet Online Planner from Homeschool Buyers Co-Op.

Homeschool Planet

As I work-at-home, homeschooling mom, I’m busy. Between homeschooling, household chores, the kids activities, caring for grandpa, and running a business….some days I feel stretched to my limit.

Okay, I’ll be honest, most days I feel stretched to my limit. And sometimes, I’ll drop a few balls. Do you feel the same? Do important details sometimes fall between the cracks?

It’s okay. It happens.

But, the best  way to prevent dropped balls is to be organized. I’m happy to report that Homeschool Planet is a truly easy way to get organized. Want a streamlined schedule for the whole family? You can try it free for 30 days. I’m sure you’ll like it.

What is Homeschool Planet?

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In a nutshell, Homeschool Planet is an all-in-one, online planner. It allows you to easily input schedules for you, and every member of your family. It’s fully customizable from it’s look, to it’s display. You can use it to keep yourself organized and your kids on schedule, track grades, track hours, and build transcripts.

You can even keep your grocery list on there. Whew! That’s a lot of options.

How Do You Set It Up?

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Set up is easy. You simply create a profile for each student or family member.

Then you can add school subjects from their pre-formatted list, or create your own. Next you select the time and day you’d like that subject to appear on the calendar.

You can select every week day, or specific dates with the click of a button. Not only can you enter school subjects, but you can add activities as well, like Awana or Karate…whatever you add will show up on the calendar.

I literally had my 7 year old’s core schedule entered in a few short minutes.

What Special Features Does Homeschool Planet Offer?

Okay, you might be thinking, my book-planner lets me do all that (by hand), but what else does Homeschool Planet offer?

  • Email and Text Message Reminders: The daily schedule can be emailed or texted too members. This is especially perfect for on-the-go days chock full of co-op, errands and appointments. Your schedule will be available on your phone, wherever you are.
  • Resource Lists: You can keep a list of all the books, DVDs, etc you use in your homeschool. This will be helpful for end-of-year evaluations.
  • Separate Log-ins: If you have an older child you’re trying to teach responsibility, or a high schooler that is self-led, you can give them their own log-in. They can log-in and manage their time. Responsibility!
  • Messaging: You have the option of messaging your students, and vice versa, from within the planner. What an easy way to give reminders and encouragement.
  • Rescheduling: If your student falls behind or needs a sick day, you can reschedule assignments with a few quick clicks.
  • Printable: You can view and print your schedule by the day, week or month. You can also select to print the schedule for the whole family or by individual members.
  • Tutorials: This is one of the most user-friendly planners I’ve found. But if you get stuck, they have plenty of tutorials to help you use this planner and all of its features.

Pricing


Homeschool Planet is $65 a year. Now, I know that sounds expensive when you compare that to a $9.99 book planner. But I think it’s worth it. The time, energy and headaches this will save you is worth the investment.

You can try it free for 30 days. So, go on, check it out, enter your students and give it a shot. If you like it (and I think you will) you can then choose from the $6.95 monthly option or the $65 annual option.

Remember, you can access your planner from any computer, the browser on your mobile device and be emailed/texted daily to-dos. Your schedule goes where your go.

Overall Impression?

I’ve tried quite a few planners in my many years homeschooling. And while I could find things I liked about each of them, overall they were confusing, time consuming and cumbersome.

Homeschool Planet has been the most user-friendly online planner I’ve found so far. It’s super simple to set up, yet customizable and comprehensive. I’m impressed.

If I could describe this planner in only one word, that word would be EASY.

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