Let’s talk History
. History really should be a pillar in any well-rounded curriculum. It is how we study our world through time and make connections between people, cultures, and countries. To me, it is one of the big content areas that allows for so much flexibility in how and what we study. We love history. For us, it is so much more than reading textbooks and memorizing dates (although we do that, too). History is dress up, craft time, creating writing, drama club, and every subject in one. We were introduced to Home School in the Woods last year when we were on the review crew for their Project Passport to World History: Ancient Greece
(see my review here
). History came alive for my kids, and it quickly became their favorite subject. My son especially loved the timeline activity. So, when the opportunity arose to review some of Home School in the Woods
’ Á La Carte
products, I was eager to do it.
Composers Through History Timeline Composers Through History Timeline
is a five-page foldout timeline starting in 500 AD through the present age. Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modern eras are highlighted, allowing composers to be studied in groups and by time.
We studied composers one at a time, starting with Guido of Arezzo in the Middle Ages. We would read stories, watch documentaries, and listen to the compositions of each composer as we progressed through the timeline.
The Orchestra The Orchestra
is a great file folder activity that teaches students the different instruments and their placement in an orchestra. A picture and short description of each instrument is on a small card that can be arranged in a series of pockets according to what era you are studying. We took this opportunity to study the musical instruments and the families they belonged to.
We used this in conjunction with Composers Through History Timeline. When we studied a group of composers within a certain era, we would arrange the instruments accordingly. We also went on a field trip to the Atlanta Symphony!
Pirate Panoply Pirate Panolply
is a fun file folder game where students learn about the different pieces of clothing and accessories of a pirate while racing to dress their skivvied buccaneer. Each player has a pirate in his underclothes, and they take turns rolling the die, clothing their pirate piece by piece and reading the description of each piece of clothing or accessory.
This was a blast play by itself, but it would also work great in a pirate unit study, on ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day,’ or as a way to add some fun in history class.
So, whether you are studying the Great War or Westward Expansion, Home School in the Woods has a plethora of fun activities to liven up your history lessons. Have you tried these or any of the wonderful Á La Carte items from Home School in the Woods? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Till Next Time,