Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.With products like The Knights K-2 Lap-Pak from Home School In The Woods, it becomes so easy to add Hands on History to our studies.
Home School in the Woods is a family owned and operated company, born out of Amy Pak’s time as a home schooling mom. Here is some of their own history.
My son enjoys the materials from Hands on Home Schooling, as you can see from the other reviews we have done on projects from this company here.
These studies are very versatile. You can put them into a lap Book made out of file folders, which we have done, but you could also put them into a binder, which “The Artist” chose to do this time.
We received a zip file, and once opened, found the pdf files with the directions and all of the project masters. The first thing I always do with these products is to print out the project directions and the lap book assembly page. This way, I don’t have to go back and forth to find out which projects are to be printed out on white or colored paper or card stock, and how to put them together. The assembly directions show how they should be placed in your lap book.
There is a story which can be printed out in booklet form or full page, if you wish to put it in a notebook, which is what we did. Along with the printed out story, there is an audio file so you can just listen to the story, of read along while listening, which is what my boys did.
While the Knights (K-2) pak is marked as being k-2, it really works for any age. I actually feel that children at the K-2 level would probably need an awful lot of help with the cutting and assembly. “The Artist” chose it because he’s done a number of the other paks in the past, and he is interested in that period of history.
He enjoys the crafty aspect of the projects, and getting to use stuff from my paper crafting stash to do them.
“The Batman” did the coloring here. With his disabilities, he has very poor fine motor control, but he wanted to be included so “The Artist” did the cutting and assembly while “The Batman” did some of the coloring. He stopped when it got more detailed because it hurt his fingers and hands.
Here is the first project. This is assembled in such a way as to be able to lift the flaps to get to the information.
Here, you can see someone being knighted with a moveable sword, a castle with a drawbridge which lowers, and a pop up scene under the castle.
Next, we have another interactive project. As you can see, the knight’s helmet moves to show you information about what a knight is.
Here we see information about the weapons a knight would use.
More information about knights:
And here in this collection of projects, the student is instructed to design their own family crest.
The blue background with the mitten and the fish (pike) is because we are originally from Michigan. The blue green and electric blue are our favorite colors, and the red is for the blood of Christ as our foundation, with a cross and the shed blood.
The other projects on this page are, as you can see, about the crusaders and famous knights.
Amy Pak has a very good blog post about teaching with Lapbooks that is a must read!
As you can see, this is a wonderful hands on tool for learning history. We have enjoyed many of the lap paks from Home School in the Woods!
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