Homeschool in the Woods Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation Review

Homeschool in the Woods is no stranger to homeschoolers around the world. Their history products and timelines (both download and physical) are very well known and loved. Homeschool in the Woods now offers Project Passport World History Studies.  As part of the TOS Review Crew, we were given the opportunity to review Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation (PPRR).

We received the download version ($33.95). It is recommended for grades 3-8, but I believe it could be used by younger children as well.

Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation Review

Let me start with WOW! At first I was overwhelmed by the amount of printing, organizing and prepping that is required just to get started. Once I unzipped my files, I went straight for the Introduction PDF. The one page intro was helpful but I still had a lot of unanswered questions. That is where the Travel Tips came in.

There is a lot of lingo used with the pages that really threw me off at first. But referring back to the Introduction and Travel tips helped.

Some of the lingo used:

  • Travel Tips – teacher helps to brief yourself on the lessons and supplies needed
  • Travel Planner – 3-page overview of all 25 lessons
  • Travel Itinerary – this is kind of like the teacher guide for each individual lesson
  • Guide Book – your collection (preferably a binder) of the master printables, keys, maps and texts
  • Stop – these are the lessons (lesson 1 = Stop 1)
  • Snapshot Moments in History –  timeline and newspaper the student completes
  • Scrapbook of Sights – the student’s binder that houses all her projects

What else is included?

Along with all the printable PDFs needed for the above papers, you’ll get:

  • engaging text to read with each Stop
  • lots of lapbooking projects
  • recipes from the RR period
  • games
  • art projects
  • audio tours and more!

How we used Project Passport

I have been busy planning the 2015-2016 school year and one thing I didn’t have covered was Jules’ history. She will be starting 7th grade in August. When we were given PPRR to review, I knew it would be fun but I wasn’t sure it would be enough material for a complete middle school history course.

After reading and reading and planning and planning, I can tell you YES! It is definitely enough. Actually, there’s probably more than enough here. Also included with the plethora of information is an Additional Resources file. There are a multitude of books, movies, audio books and music to choose from if you’d like to enrich the course.

According to the Travel Planner, the Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation should last 6-12 weeks. With all the extras you could easily stretch it to be a year’s worth of history.

Jules and I spent a couple hours getting her Scrapbook of Sights and my Guidebook printed and together. We also printed out the first five Stops worth of texts and other printable pages. She read the texts aloud to me and we did the stops together.

Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation Review

We discovered a couple of months ago that she really enjoys making lapbooks. Let me tell you, this course is full of them!

A few of them include:

  • Ptolemy vs. Copernicus
  • Reformation Station
  • Da Vinci – The Ultimate Renaissance Man
  • Influences of Music During the Renaissance
  • If Henry VIII had a Wallet… and more!

We enjoyed learning about Leonardo Da Vinci while we put together the first lapbook. Being a foodie family we also enjoyed learning about the food of the Renaissance! Making the Springerle Cookies in Stop 4 was fun. They weren’t near as pretty as the pictures provided but they tasted good!

Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation is a wonderful program. She and I have both really enjoyed it. Thank you Homeschool in the Woods!

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