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Products like the Time Travelers U.S. History World War II Study from Home School in the Woods makes it easy to add hands-on history to our studies. I was very excited to use this study with two of my boys. Keep reading to see how it went.
What are Time Travelers U.S. History Studies
First, what is Home School in the Woods Time Traveler study? Each study is a series of pdf’s that can be used for your history study of a particular time period or activities to supplement your history curriculum. There are two basic activities that are provided with the study – A notebook and a Lapbook. The notebook provides craft activities, copywork, a timeline, and short snippets of history in the study. Most of the pdfs will require you to print out however there are also pdf lesson texts to go along with each lesson. In total, the study I reviewed, World War II, had 25 lessons.
While we reviewed the World War II study, Home School in the woods has many other studies like Colonial life, Civil War that cover the standard US history periods. In addition to Time Travelers U.S. History Studies, there are numerous other studies available from Home School in the Woods. For instance, now would be a great time to check out the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak which is studies the US elections which allows your student to follow along with the upcoming elections.
How we used Time Travelers U.S. History Studies
I was so excited to be able to review World War II study with my boys since they have been begging me to study World War II. I also enjoy learning about World War II so it was also exciting for me.
There are numerous projects you can do with your students. You can do as many or a few as you like. We used the study as a unit study for World War II. I really like the variety of projects provided by Home School in the Woods. There were variations you could do that involve different amounts of work. Since we are still working on cursive I chose to have my boys do the cursive copywork that was tracing as shown in the picture below.
Most of the projects involved printing and cutting out paper. Your students can color the projects or you can just use colored paper when you print out the projects. The timeline is especially helpful as you study different events.
Use on the iPad.
Initially, I was going to put all the lesson texts on the iPad so I could just read them from the iPad instead of my computer or printing off. So I added some of the pdfs to my iBook library.
Then I could access the pdf’s from my iPad since my books are on iCloud. (You may need to have later versions of iOS for this to work.)
I found out due to the iPad screen size and my eyesight getting worse that the texts were not as easy to read on the iPad. This was due to not being able to increase the font size on the pdf. It would have been nice if there was an iBook for all the text that could utilize increasing the text size. What I did find worked well on the iPad was to put all the instructions for the projects on the iPad. Then I could just pull up the instructions on the iPad for reference while my boys were working on the projects. The picture below shows what one fo the project instructions looked like on the iPad.
Overall my boys and I loved the Time Travelers World War II study from Home School in the Woods. We loved the projects and the lesson texts that you read for each lesson. The only thing I didn’t like was all the different pdf documents but all the content and projects were excellent. (The advantage to individual pdf’s is that you only need to download what you need to the iPad to minimize storage issues since there are a lot of pdfs with the study.) All the lessons were well organized so you could easily find what you needed for each lesson. If you are looking for a History curriculum or projects to supplement your history curriculum I would highly recommend the time travelers series from Home School in the woods.