Monday, 27 July 2015

Joseph Haydn {Composer Study - Poppins Book Nook}

This months theme for the Poppins Book Nook is Composer Study. There are so many wonderful resources available today to make studying the composers a pleasure and and an adventure.  Great Musicians Series from Zeezok Publishing is one of my all time favourite living history resources for introducing famous musicians to my students.

This books are 9 x 7 inches in size and have beautiful line drawings throughout.  They are biographical stories about composers. They share a little background about what's happening in the composers life and then insert the piano music for the piece of music being discussed along with a reference to the companion CD.

We use the companion CD's and it's Nathaniel's job to play the correct track at the moment the piece is introduced. The stories are well written and twaddle free.

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We've enjoyed getting back into Composer Study here and would like to encourage you to explore this wonderful genre of music.

What are your favourite composer study books ? Link up and share your resources with the Poppins Book Nook this month.

In August we will be exploring books that were made into movies.


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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Birthday Week ... {HSMJ}

 In my life this week…
  • We celebrated four birthdays this week. 
  • Woot only one month and two weeks to go until our trip!

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My favourite thing this week was…
  • I love to see wonderful adoption stories.  This family waited nine years to be blessed Jacob Chen - An Adoption Story. I love how the new father draws parallels between adopting his son with the way God adopted us into His family through Christ.

 Things I’m working on…

 On the WWW I’m reading…
 Interesting recipes …

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I'm really enjoying the uploaded YouTube clips on TheAnimaSeries Chanel. Today I'd like to share The 4 Identity Myths.


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Monday, 20 July 2015

Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages (400 AD to 1500 AD) {Review}

One of the very first homeschool vendors I was introduced to as a new home educator was Homeschool in the Woods.  I was looking for some ideas on how to do timelines and everyone was talking about the beautiful artwork that Amy Pak does.

Two years ago Nathaniel and I had a wonderful time using Homeschool in the Woods - Great Empires with the crew.  This year Amy launched a new product called: Project Passport World History.

A couple of months back we did some work on the Middle Ages and we've also done some craft things in relation to it so was very pleased and blessed to have the opportunity to work with Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages (400 AD to 1500 AD). 

What we received

The Download

The file size for this pack is 246 MB in a zipped file.  I extracted by right clicking on the zipped folder and selecting extract. I had created a folder and selected the folder and clicked extract.

Once it extracted there were six icons in the explorer. I double clicked on the Internet explorer icon  and the program opened in a new browser window. No Internet connection is needed to use the download.

How we used it

Project Passport: The Middle Ages

You come to a welcome page with some buttons to get started.
  • Introduction
  • Travel Tips
  • Travel Planner: Quick Stop Itinerary
  • Additional Resources
  • Acknowledgements / Bibliography / Usage
I printed these off and had a read. They are a couple of short notes on how to use Project Passport.

Project Passport is arranged in a travel itinerary format. Just below the introduction you come to the first stop of 25. Each stop is arranged in the same manner for ease of navigation.
  1. Five green buttons which are jump buttons down the page to the stops listed. At each STOP you meet interesting people, learn about the events in these peoples lives and pivotal points of history during the Middle Ages presented in fun practical ways.
  2. The title of the STOP.
  3. Guide Book Text is a link to  a pdf which you can print and read to your children about the topic of the STOP. I print these and add them to our notebook.  Travel Itinerary is a link to a pdf containing the directions for the day's activities.   It tells you what to print and has step by step fully illustrated instructions on how to complete the activities you have chosen to do on your STOP.
  4. Through out the page are photo links on the right hand side which open in a new tab.  These show you what the completed project looks like.
  5. Each printable is fully listed and opens in a new tab for ease of printing.
  6. There are a number of icons down the left hand side clearly indicating different aspects of the project.
You have the choice of either doing a Scrapbook of Sights or a Lapbook or you could have one student do each.

The Audio's and  Guide book make this a standalone product to be used to have an over view of the Middle Ages it is well presented and concise twaddle free story telling.

There are more than 50 activities through out which are divided into:

  1. Scrapbook of Sights
  2. Lap Book
  3. Snapshot Moments (timeline)
  4. Postcard
  5. Audio Tour
  6. Music
  7. Active Participation
  8. Newspaper
  9. Game
  10. Edible Project 
  11. 3-Dimensional Project
We have chosen to make a Notebook of our journey through the Middle Ages. Amy's figures are beautifully illustrated with plenty of detail. As we complete a stop we colour in a figure and add it to the Scrapbook of Sights.

A few of the STOPS we've enjoyed so far

We began our journey by making a  brief case to keep our passport safe and travel notes.

 Snapshot Moments a timeline of our journey so far.

This newspaper grows with articles as we learn more along our stops.  Nathaniel dictates to me and I write up his summary of what we've been learning in pre-set spaces.

We made a Postcard Rack which contains postcards to read along our journey from important people in history.

We learned about the classes and clothing and made beautiful puppets. 

Cost of Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages
  • Download (Mac & PC Compatible) $33.95
  • CD $34.95
  • For school and co-op license pricing, please contact Homeschool in the Woods
Recommended Age Range
  • Grades: 3-8

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Over All I thought ...
We are loving our journey with Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages (400 AD to 1500 AD). Nathaniel and I are enjoying the projects at each stop and truly feel as though we are traveling back in time. We are enjoying the snapshot of history each day and the hands on activities.  I highly recommend this product as a wonderful addition to any homeschool history product covering the Middle Ages.


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