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Home School in the Woods ~ Review

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This past month we have been learning all about the Great Empires. We have been reviewing the Great Empires Activity Study from Home School in the Woods. We received the instant download, which includes the different empires starting with Egypt and goes through the USA. We printed up the timeline and the figures that go with each period.

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   Prices : Download $18.95 or a CD $19.95

Each Empire comes with a text page that gives you a overview of that particular empire. There is a projects page that directs you as to which other pages you will need to print for each day.

We used this study each day. The first week we worked on Ancient Egypt, on the 1st day we printed up everything and went over the timeline, then we read the text. On the 2nd day we did some mapping, on the 3rd day watched a documentary on Ancient Egypt, on the 4th day we did some cooking egyptcooking and then on the 5th day we made a Cartouche complete with hieroglyphs.



This activity guide is a wonderful Unit Study!! It is so easy to use that anyone could do it and it is so much fun!! The girls can’t wait until we do world history each day. Here I was nervous about teaching them about world history since I wasn’t sure about what to teach and now I don’t have to worry about it. All I need to do is print up some pages, read a bit about that empire and then do some fun hands on projects.

The weeks that followed included; Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, China. And of course they can’t wait to find out what going on with these empires; Arab-Muslims, Japan, Vikings, Mongols, England, Spain, Russia, France, Germany and the Untied States! We decided to follow the timeline and learn about each empire according to it but you could pick and choose which empire you wanted.

This guide is recommended for elementary ages. If you wanted to use it for middle school ages I would recommend using more of the Addition Reading Material list.

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow


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Writing Ole School

So while learning about Sacagawea, courteously of Knowledge Quest. We came upon a few references of Captain Lewis scratching on paper and is little box of supplies. The girls were really interested in what the box contained and so when I showed them the picture from the link that was in the book. We then discussed how they used feathers and ink for writing and then of course we needed to talk about how to make the ink. Immediately a light bulb went off in the girls head.


Amber says“Wait, Mom!”, runs into the other room and returns with 2 feathers, and says “Could we use these for writing?”GEDC1409

We trimmed the tips of the feathers to form a point and Voilà we have a quill!

Of course we then had to go hunting for berries, well actually we went to the freezer and pulled out a bag of frozen blackberries. We placed them in a strainer to thaw, but of course the girls didn’t want to wait so we hurried the process up a bit, I microwaved the berries for 30 seconds and they were ready for straining. We then mashed the berries through the strainer, then we added 1/4 cup of vinegar and stirred. Transferred to a small bowl for dipping.quillwriting

The girls had a blast trying out their homemade quills and ink. It was interesting to see how with the different paper the ink changed color too!

What projects have you done lately??


Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Knowledge Quest ~ Review

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This month we have been aloud reading Sacagawea (Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know) from Knowledge Quest. Knowledge Quest is known for their history and geography curriculum so I knew that this would go right along with our study of American History. We received the complete E-Book in a PDF format, the cool part of this book was that interactive links. While reading the book from the computer, I was able to click on the links and show the girls what we were talking about.

The girls had a real good laugh at me trying to pronounce all the Indian names. They enjoyed hearing all about Sacagawea’s life, they would grab their blankets, (how else would you listen/read a good book), and cuddle up on the couch as I would read to them. 224898_10200217495900265_2055582658_n Sometimes we would be so into reading that we would lose track of the time. They thought it was really funny how she would “talk”.  We even added a few project to do along with this book. Check out what we did here. This book gives an accurate account of Sacagawea’s life and her journey with Lewis and Clark.

I would recommend the book for all ages.

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow


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Abraham’s Journey – Review


This year we have focused on American History. I have really enjoyed teaching the girls all about how our wonderful country was built, the laws the govern it and the principles that it was founded upon.  Being offered the opportunity to review Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream by Inspiring the American Dream just seemed to flow right into our history lessons. It really complimented our lesson especially coming so soon after our field trip to a local museum to see the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit of Journey’s Stories.

 Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream tells the story of a young boy, who through his faith, imagination and entrepreneurial spirit, sets out to achieve the American dream.  

The young man, Abraham goes on a journey to figure out how to raise money to help buy Christmas gifts (if your children believe in Santa you might want to skip the line about the parents not being able to buy gifts that year). Through Abraham’s journey he comes in contact with historical figures, (in the back of the book are short biographies so no need to go research them) that help him to figure out what the American Dream is all about.


So what is the American Dream? That was the question I asked the girls and they answered “To be able to do what I want and be successful at it!”  We talked about the vocabulary terms in the back of the book, I made it like a game, they had to ding in with the correct answer and they collected points for right answers, they really got into it then, I even had to come up with a few other question from the book to break the tie! The girls were pretty interested in the historical figures too. When a new character was introduced, they would stop and ask questions about each person. I LOVE when they get so involved in a story that they want to know MORE!!!!  I then asked “How did (insert historical figure)…. influence your life? Great discussions came next.
You can purchase the book for only $14.99 at  Inspiring the American Dream.
Age Range: All ages. My girls are 7 & 12 and they both enjoyed this book.

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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