I have fond memories of using products from Home School in the Woods with Bookworm when he was in upper elementary and middle school, so I was glad to try Time Travelers U.S. History Studies: The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression.
About Home School in the Woods
If you don’t know about Home School in the Woods, it is an amazing homeschool company that focuses on history and hands-on projects. They have four main lines:
- Time Travelers U.S. History Studies
- Project Passport World History Studies
- Hands-On History Activity Paks
- Hands-On History Lap Paks
Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of reviewing several of Home School in the Woods products:
About The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
Like all of the Home School in the Woods products we’ve tried, this one comes with text (a few pages for each lesson), activities, a time line, and lap book projects to make.
The lessons included in this product are:
- Railroads, Gold, Snow and Fire
- Wars in the West
- A Gilded Age
- Innovations and Inventors
- Project Day 1
- Immigration in America
- Work Conditions Worsen
- The Arts
- America Continues to Grow
- Project Day 2
- Interesting People
- War on the Islands
- The Progressive Era
- Other Happenings: Part 1
- Project Day 3
- Other Happenings: Part 2
- World War I “The Great War”: Part 1
- World War I “The Great War”: Part 2
- The Roaring 20s
- Project Day 4
- The Stock Market Crash & The Great Depression – Part 1
- The Stock Market Crash & The Great Depression – Part 2
- Project Day 5
- Pulling Together the Lapbook
- Wrapping Up the Unit with a Depression Era Dinner
Not only is this material comprehensive, but it also includes fun facts and meal suggestions.
What We Enjoyed about Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
I loved, loved, loved the Depression Era recipes that were included in the project days, though some I don’t think I would ever want to make! We did make and try the Potatoes and Hot Dog recipe, and the kids enjoyed it. (I think it will be added to our regular meal rotation.) We found some other fun, historic recipes to try on the Home School in the Woods blog.
I also love that this curriculum is multi-sensory, as I believe that it really helps reinforce learning. Students do a combination of creating, writing (in the form of newspaper articles), and reading a brief history synopsis in each lesson.
Finally, I also enjoyed that there are several Project Days interspersed throughout the curriculum to allow time to catch up on projects.
As much as I have always loved Home School in the Woods curriculum, I find that using it with my dyslexic daughter is a much different experience than using it with Bookworm, who is a voracious, confident reader and writer. Even though this curriculum has plenty of activities and crafts (which my hands-on learner loves), it’s still very reading and writing heavy. I had no problem reading the text to her, but since she also has dysgraphia, she had trouble with all of the writing.
While for most learners, Home School in the Woods is a fun way to bring history to life, and one that I highly recommend, for my dyslexic learner with dysgraphia, it probably isn’t the best fit.
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