Hands-On History

This is a sponsored, compensated post. I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Civil War - Exploring History through Activities

The ability to learn through reading and hands-on activities are truly invaluable. And Homeschool in the Woods, they have some pretty awesome projects to bring history to life. I think I enjoyed our study of the Civil War these past couple of months as much as (or more than) my children.

In the Spring of 2013, we had an incredible time visiting a local historical site that has live exhibits. During Memorial Day, we happened to pay this Village a visit and they were doing a Civil War reenactment the entire weekend. It was incredible.

Civil War - Village

Civil War - Village 2

Why Hands-On History?

Civil War - The Camp Kettle.jpg

Along with reading living books, putting hands to work in order to truly explore and understand history is the best way for children to learn. Allowing them to be a part of history is a wonderful gift we can give our children. Reading textbooks merely offers facts and doesn't allow the child to feel what it might have been like to be in that point of history. To taste the food and wear the clothes brings history to life - it doesn't just live in textbooks, we learn that it's a part of us.

Our Favorite Things

Civil War - LapBook

We really loved the lapbook projects and focused most on those and the timeline.

I can't get over how beautifully detailed the graphics are. I can't say I have ever seen any print outs that were so well done.

The directions have suggestions on what kind of paper to print out certain projects on, and we complied as much as we could based on what we had on hand. In some instances, I got creative and found some pretty unique kinds of paper laying around my house that were passed down to me from my mom and other homeschooling moms.

One such type of paper was made from cotton! We printed our Camp Kettle Newspaper (see pic above the LapBook photo). The cotton industry just so happened to boom right before the Civil War due to the evolution of the cotton gin.

LapBook Details

Civil War - Hands-On Paper Dolls

Civil War - LapBook

Civil War - LapBook Details

Civil War - LapBook Booklet

Also included are all the lessons in text format. I read each lesson aloud and we discussed what was read. Then, the timeline figures from that lesson were found, colored, and added to the timeline. My eldest daughter added to the Camp Kettle Newspaper as headlines were read throughout the lesson.

Civil War - Timeline

Civil War - Newspaper

Included in the projects is a student notebook that each of your children can put together as well. We opted out of doing that this time around simply because there was so much richness in what we chose to do already.

All the lesson plans are already laid out for me. As a busy mom of five, this is a huge help to me. All I needed to do was print out the lesson texts and follow the project instructions. The set up is very simple to use and navigate.

I cannot even begin to express how much I love this Time Traveler. I look forward to adding more of their products to our history lessons in the future.

Here's a quick breakdown of the projects included in the Civil War Time Traveler:

*Please note, this is a CD-R product and materials are not included.

  • 25 Lessons
  • Creative Writing
  • Recipes of the Era
  • Notebook Timeline
  • Factfile Cards
  • Penmanship Pages
  • File Folder Game
  • Notebooking Activities
  • Three-dimensional Projects
  • Authentic Crafts (such as Corn Cob Checkers)
  • 12 LapBook Projects
  • A final "Civil War Jamboree"

If you are going to be learning about the Civil War soon, I highly recommend including this Time Traveler with your studies. It will enrich and bring your lessons to life. They also have Time Travelers for other parts of history. Be sure to check them out in the left sidebar at Homeschool in the Woods website.

Homeschool in the Woods has done such a phenomenal job helping my children explore history through hands-on activities, that I already went ahead and purchased their History Through the Ages Timeline Figures and their Record of Time Timeline Notebook to supplement the rest of our history in a BIG way.

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I cannot recommend them highly enough. And surprise!! I'm doing a giveaway!

Giveaway {CLOSED}

Winner: #23 Shannon

I am giving away one of the following {winner's choice}:

  • The Civil War Time Travelers Study (see it here)
  • The Industrial Revolution through The Great Depression Time Travelers Study (see it here)
  • 20th Century in America Lap Pack (see it here)

To enter:

Leave a comment telling me which pack most interests you from Homeschooling in the Woods. Please be sure your email address is entered into the comment form so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

U.S. Residents only please.

Giveaway will end next Monday, January 20th at 11:59pm EST.