Home School in the Woods is an award winning publisher of a variety of educational materials for the study of history. Their products are suitable for classroom or home school use. They have created visually appealing timeline materials, lap books, maps and games to encourage and enhance the study of history.
I downloaded one project on the Erie Canal and another on Route 66. The Erie Canal Lap Book project was easy and quick to to complete. The information presented would add to a wide age range of curriculum.
|Route 66 Folder Game|
So my six year old friend and I colored and cut and learned a bit of history and geography related to the Erie Canal together. We made a wonderful little lap book with information and drawings. He has a project to display and share.
The second project I downloaded is a folder game. Using the pages provided, we created a dice and question card board game with the theme of Route 66. Living just a few miles from that historic hi-way made that an interesting activity and one we can relate to as we travel in our own community. The theme made this game fun and creating it essentially from scratch it is possible to make it unique and colorful.
Though I found the concept appealing and the questions to move through the game interesting, it was a challenge to bridge the gap of the ages needed for creating the game and playing the game. To put it all together, dexterity is needed. While playing the game may be directed at someone younger with less fine motor skill. My younger friend who colored the Erie canal lap book found cutting and folding the game pieces difficult. It's not a big deal, but we lost a couple of the game pieces in the process of their creation.With my teen the questions about the places along Route 66 were interesting, playing the game not so much. This download is attractive, complete with directions and fun questions for a game but probably not the most age appropriate for the students I used it with (my young six year old friend and my teen). Both projects seem best suited to use with students in 8 - 12 year old range to be the most effective. With younger ones be prepared to help with the making of the game.