By IrishMum on August 12, 2013
Over the last 4 years of homeschooling my boys we have had many highlights. Many, many things that have made school fun and interesting for the boys. One of those things has been History Pockets.
We used The Story of the World 1 along with the Activity Book for ancient history. The book is a delight, and offered the academics we wanted. We supplemented it with a huge list of books, because we love to read. We used the activity book's review questions, color in pages, and maps, but I didn't like the activities. There was too much pre-organising for this lazy-ass mum. I wanted something open and go. History Pockets came to the rescue. My younger three (prep, 2nd grade and 4th grade at the time) love cutting, coloring, drawing and creating. They LOVED History Pockets. They used every single page of History Pockets: Ancient Egypt - Grades 4-6+, colored every picture, map, and did every activity. They usually did repeats of their favourites.
We had hundreds of these guys. I put most of them in my special storage bin AKA the trash, but all the kids kept two.
We made lots of mummies.
See how happy the mummy is?
The outside of a pop-up courtyard,
and the inside.
A little booklet,
and the inside.
Some other activities.
Here are some 'puppets' we made with these pictures.
We didn't make pockets to store the activities, but instead stored each activity in a page protector and put it in a binder.
We also used History Pockets: Ancient Rome, Grades 4-6+ Here Mount Vesuvius is erupting,
some Roman arches,
and a few other things.
A few of the activities form History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3.
My youngest, prep at the time, needed some help with the fine cutting, but he has the fondest memories of doing them, and treasures his Ancient History binder. History Pockets may be a bit like busy work for some like my oldest son, but if your child is like my younger boys it will be a highlight for you both!