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Make-A-State Activity-Pak From Home School In The Woods {Review}

Adding in the Make-A-State Lap Book from Home School in the Woods‘sHands-on History Activity-Paks series has been the perfect hands-on addition for our studies. We have reviewed other products from Home School In The Woods, and you can read those reviews here.

We have been wanting to learn about all of the states we touched on during our big move from Michigan to New Mexico, so we chose to begin with Michigan, since we were all born and raised there.

HSITW MI 5

We like the Hands-on History Activity-Paks because while they are Lap Books, they are not HUGE Lap Books. This works for us because we deal with short attention spans around here.

The Make-A-State Activity-Paks come in more than just the Make-A-State Lap Book. Also available in this category are:

  • Artists
  • Composers
  • The Old Testament
  • The New Testament

Each Activity-Pak is available for download at the price of just $18.95. This is an excellent price, as it gives you the opportunity to print as many copies as you need for your children, to re-use it when younger children are ready, and in my case, to re-print pages that got messed up for whatever reason

Before “The Artist” began the Michigan Make-A-State Activity-Pak, I got out the file folder (only one!) he would need. I then printed out the pages showing the placement of everything in the Lap Book. Then, I printed out the pages which told, in order and with small pictures, which activities to do and in what order. I used THAT to tell me which pages to print out for him. I also let him into my paper crafting stash to choose what color card stock he wanted to use for the two inside pages of his Lap Book.

Once everything was printed and contained in the folder, I had “The Artist” begin doing the projects.

Having never been really successful with using glue sticks on Lap Books, one of the supplies we keep on hand is double-sided tape. Other supplies you may want to have on hand (and probably already do, if you are a home schooling family) are colored pencils, crayons, scissors, regular pencils, printer paper and card stock.

This Activity-Pak has 20 activities to create for your Lap Book:

  • Key State Facts
  • Origin Of State Name
  • State Motto
  • State Symbols
  • State Song
  • State Industry / Agriculture / Climate
  • State Wildlife
  • Regions
  • State Geography
  • State Government
  • State Seal & Flag
  • State History

And more!There also some bonus pages:

  • State Pages to help with some information for your chosen state (though it will still be necessary to research information which is not included)
  • A Name That State file folder game to print out, assemble and play.

Even though all the people in our immediate family were born and raised in Michigan, there ended up being things we either did not remember, or just didn’t know. I just asked “The Artist” about that and he says that he only knew (without looking it up) one famous person from Michigan, didn’t know much in the Industry / Agriculture / Climate section, or what the state seal looks like. So, even if you elect to study the state you live in, you might be surprised at how much you will learn!

Here is “The Artist” showing me page by page, his lap Book.

Home School In The Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines which are as follows:

Project Passport: Ancient Rome study has been release ahead of schedule, and is now available for download here. The now complete Project Passport collection is available here.

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Hands-on-History, Project Passport, À La Carte Timelines and Time Travelers {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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White House Holidays Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC . . . Review

White House Holidays Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC are a great way to keep learning happening while taking a break from regular history studies, or, for those who generally use unit studies as the core of their homeschooling, a great way to get history and social studies in for the entire year!

Given that two of my boys are biracial, I chose to focus on the Martin Luther King Jr. unit study. We will do this again around the time of the MLK holiday, as well, because I think it’s more important to learn about the person being honored than it is to get a day off from school. It’s always irritated me when schools close for the MLK holiday, rather than spend the day learning about the reason the holiday exists!

As I looked over this unit study, I decided that we would take the entire review period with this. The author, Jill Hummer, has written unit studies which are so very rich in information, primary sources and things to do that we could literally make these unit studies our entire history and social studies curriculum for the whole year!

As I said above two of my boys (“Mr. loquacious and The Puzzler”) are biracial. They came into our family when they were eight years old. We have even before their adoption when we had just our older boys, had many discussions about the past, when black people could not drink from the same water fountains as white people, or eat in the same restaurants, had to ride in the back of the bus, etc . . . We later after adopting the twins talked about how back then, we would never have been permitted to adopt them. This particular one was brought home to them during an episode of The Waltons that we were watching. I think this has been the best study for us to begin with.

One of the things I especially love about this study is that it shows a black family who is able to reach a successful level of living. Martin’s father earned a good enough living as the Pastor of a good, giving church to provide for his family. The children did not have to go out to work (as children), quitting school to help keep the family going. This is because his parents were frugal, and never lived beyond their means.

Mrs. King did have to raise her children in the days of segregation and discrimination, considerably worse discrimination than exists now. However, I realized that some things don’t change too quickly. We have had to have the difficult discussions with our boys who are people of color about the extra need for them on how to react if stopped for any reason by the street. And ladies will still pull purses closer when black people, especially boys and men are near, and they will be more likely to be watched in a store. It is sad that we haven’t come further than that.

Of course we homeschool, however they were quite shocked to find out that they would not have been permitted to go to the same school as white children even as late as 1957, the year before I was born. Three years previously, the United States Supreme Court handed down Brown v. Board of Education, making it illegal to segregate black children from white children. State Governors refused to comply, and in 1957 Little Rock, Arkansas,  Governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to surround the city’s Central High School on the night before school was to start. He told the troops to stop nine black students—the first to attend Central High, from stepping into the building. He was convinced to withdraw them by President Eisenhower. When the students tried to go to school, riots erupted outside of the school. Eventually President Eisenhower  sent in 1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock for a year to make sure Central High was integrated and that the students and city were kept safe.

All four of my boys were astounded that this was just one year before I was born! They were further shocked that black people were kept from voting, even for a while after that.

There are so many good activities for students to do in each lesson, that we don’t want to miss any! I can see this study taking us some time to get through, because I have special needs kids, but also there are SOOO many rabbit trails we find ourselves going down, and my boys have lots of question I don’t want going unanswered. This is one big positive to doing these studies as a homeschooler, because we don’t HAVE to finish within a specific time period. we can take our time, and learn about every single question they have, even if learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the holiday set aside to honor him takes months!

All of the White House Holidays Unit Studies teach about how they were declared Holidays by presidents. This is unique to me because at the same time we learn about the holiday, we learn about the presidents involved, and why they declared them, what they meant to the presidents, etc . . . The other White House Holiday Unit Studies From Silverdale Press LLC are:

I am very much looking forward to including all of these into our school year to come!

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Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers & White House Holidays Unit Studies {Silverdale Press LLC Reviews} 

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