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One of the things I appreciate about homeschooling is the ability to take short breaks from the main studies to explore a topic a bit more without a lot of preparation on my part. Box of I.D.E.A.s provides just that kind of educational diversion.
About Box of I.D.E.A.s
Box of IDEAs is a company dedicated to creating delightful interactive learning modules centered around random sub-ject areas. Explorers will be irresistibly drawn into critical thinking & knowledge building activities through an amazing variety of fun topics. IDEAs stands for Ideally Dynamic Enrichment Activities.
The kits are designed to get kids ages 9 to 16 together for learning fun and can be used as portable method of learning when you are traveling or need to spend time in waiting rooms.
What’s Inside each Box of I.D.E.As.?
… is filled with interesting topic-focused activity based learning.
… contains 10 (and sometimes more) modules with exercises designed around a captivating aspect of the Box topic.
… provides 10 (or more) engaging and thought provoking portfolio pieces to record the student’s journey through the box.
…. Is packed with many additional ideas and suggestions for delving deeper into an area of interest.
… has a variety of thoroughly researched web links to encourage further exploration of the topics.
… incudes a devotional booklet designed to biblically examine the Box topic.
Our family was provided with the Box of IDEAs World War Two Pearl Harbor. We are studying American History this year, although we are only at the beginning. This particular unit begins with a little history of the area before the attack, time during the attack and some of what happened afterwards.
Modules in this unit include:
Before Becoming a Naval Base
Beginning of a Naval Presence
Weeks before the Attack
Day of Infamy
Day After the Attack
Weeks after the Attack
Six Months after the Attack
A Year after the Attack
Four Years after the Attack
Decades after the Attack
So far we have enjoyed working on a few of the modules, picking and choosing how many activities we will do right now. Beyond a short write up on the specific focus of the module, there are websites for exploration, a game to play, and usually some form of worksheet that can be kept for the child’s portfolio.
The suggested websites for further exploration is the part we’ve mostly skipped for now. Some of the worksheets have been done without grumbling and have given me something to issue a grade for their charter school. I haven’t used the short multiple choice test that is included with the unit, either.
However, the hands on games are the highlight of each module for the boys. Even J tried to get in on the action with a few of them, especially from the first module where the game has a Go Fish variation.
The challenge for me at the moment is keeping together the game pieces to pull out again when we hit World War Two in our current year studies.
Box of IDEAs kits are available in print or pdf format. The print format is great for someone who does not want to spend time printing and cutting. However, my personal preference is the pdf format as I can then easily print just what I need when I need it. I haven’t printed the background pages as we can read that from the computer screen. The game pieces I’ve printed in color (as we have a color laser printer.)
For the World War Two Pearl Harbor unit, the print version is $79 (before shipping charges)and the pdf version is $49. Additional studies available include Eleven, Laundry, Quilting, and Salt with many more in the works. Beyond using them for enrichment in your personal homeschool, these kits would be a great option for cooperative learning.
Disclaimer ~ We were provided with the materials mentioned in this review to facilitate a review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are my own. You can see what other Crewmates had to say about this product and others by visiting the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.