Homeschool in the Woods was created by Amy Pak and offers many different learning materials for homeschoolers. Having used some of her materials in the past, I was very excited to get a chance to check out the Hands-on History Activity Pak:Composers for this review!
The composers study includes games, reading, music, and loads of activities to introduce kids to 42 composers. They can also learn about different periods of music, and create a fun lapbook to show off what they have learned. The introduction is very clear, and gives instructions for how to use the program. Of course, parents can always adjust things to make them fit their needs!
What I love about all of the Homeschool In the Woods programs is how well put together and complete they are. Like the history studies we have done before, the composers study is no different. I decided to begin by having my 6th grade son listen to some of the music. Then we studied that particular composer. We also played the games, and he really enjoyed making the composer cards.
The materials for this study need to be printed, and I have found from experience that it is best to print the lapbook materials on card stock. I do not find that this uses up too much ink. Remember, you don’t have to do every activity included in they study, you can always pick and choose which activities you want to use. I typically do not print off the pages that I read to my son, I just read them off the computer.
If you are new to lapbooking, don’t worry! Another great feature of the Homeschool in the Woods Activity Paks are that they include step by step guides for assembling the lapbook, complete with pictures. This makes the whole process so much easier. I was a little confused by this at first, but the pictures made it easy for us to put things together.
We really enjoyed this study. I think this is a great introduction to classical music and composers for elementary aged students. If you wanted to go more in depth with this study, you could easily expand on it with books from the library, and additional music samples. The Composers study costs $18.95 for the download version, and $19.95 for the CD version. This price is well worth it for everything you get. If you are looking for a great unit study on music, check this one out! For more information, visit the Homeschool in the Woods website here: