Project Passport Ancient Egypt ~ Review

Over the past few years we have been blessed with the opportunity to review numerous projects from Home School in the Woods.They are an amazing company that creates hands on history curriculum. From timelines, to lap-books, games, crafts, and activities, they have it all to help make history come alive! Your child won’t just learn boring facts and dates. They learn about the lives of the people during the time-period in history. What I have always appreciated about their projects is that there isn’t a bunch of useless crafts that just fill time. Everything they suggest you do really helps the child to learn more and understand a different aspect of history.

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When we were given the opportunity to review one of their Project Passport World History Studies both AJ and I were excited. We picked Ancient Egypt and have had a good time learning and exploring more about the time period.

What Are Project Passports?

Project Passports take your student on a virtual trip to a different time-period in history. There are currently five different ones available. There are; Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome (this one was just released), The Middle Ages, and Renaissance and Reformation. Throughout their journey, your child will learn about famous people, events, inventions, and what life was really like for people during the time in history.

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Each project passport is designed to last about eight to twelve weeks. But depending on how you decide to use it, it can last longer. They are designed for students in grades 3 – 8, but I think older students will enjoy it as well! All of the project passports are available as a digital download, and all but the Ancient Rome one are available on a CD. We received a digital download.

Getting Ready for Ancient Egypt

We have previously used the Project Passport for the Middle Ages, so I had a basic understanding of what we would be doing. Each one of the studies starts off by having the student create a passport and luggage folder for their journey. Since AJ already had them we were able to skip that step and dive right into the lessons. The first stop (lesson) is where you really prepare for your journey. You print off the cover page for your scrapbook of sights (this is the folder where all of the papers are held), the papers for your timeline, the postcard holder, and in this case, a map of Egypt. During stop two you will be putting together the newspaper.

There are a total of 25 stops along the way. To finish in the 8 to 12 weeks you would need to do about two stops a week.  There is a lot of printing involved when you use these. As long as you follow the directions, it is fairly simple to do. I highly recommend reading through the introduction before you start! You will need a folder, plenty of card stock and printer paper, file folders, and other basic supplies to create the different projects.

What Will A Stop Look Like?

Each stop is a little different. Some times there will be more hands on projects, while other times there may be more newspaper writing and activities that go in your scrapbook of sights.  Here is a look at what your 8th stop would look like. Stop number 8 is all about Literature and Writing.

You would start off by reading, or having your student read the text for the stop. Most are about one and a half to two pages long. Stop 8, is two pages long. Your student will learn all about the Rosetta Stone and Hieroglyphics.

The first activity is to add a few things to the timeline. Your student colors different important people or events from history. Then they cut them out and glue them to the correct place on their timeline.

The next activity is to add to the newspaper. In this stop the student will write an article about the Rosetta Stone.

Next up is a postcard. Throughout the stops your child will receive various post cards from famous people of the time. These add a personal aspect to the lessons. The student simply reads the postcard and draws a picture to go on the front of it. Then they add it to their Scrapbook of Sights in their postcard holder. This stop has a card from, King Ptolemy V Epiphanies.

Then it is time for a craft. Your child will make a Cartouche. It is basically a nameplate from Ancient Egypt. The student can either make it on paper, or on salt dough.

In the next activity, they will translate some words from hieroglyphics to English and then a third language.

The final activity is an audio tour. The students take a virtual tour of an Egyptian classroom and see how they learned in those days.

The amount of time spent in each stop will depend on which activities you decide to do and how artistic your student is.

What We Thought

Honestly, AJ hasn’t completed too many of the projects and activities yet. My grandma took a turn for the worse and has just passed away. I had her read through the text, listen to the audio tours, and do some of the paper activities. Once things settle down we will go back and complete the newspapers, timeline, postcards, and some of the crafts. Even though we were not able to do all of the activities, AJ has learned a great deal of information!

The texts for each stop are very informative, the audio tours are very realistic, and the activities she did complete were both entertaining and educational. If you are looking for a fun way to help your student learn about history, Home School in the Woods can not be beat! They offer many other things aside from the project passports. You can learn all about American History with their Time Travelers American History or learn about elections or the Bible.

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