I debated for a while before deciding to review the Ancient Rome Online Unit Study from Techie Homeschool Mom. It looked like an amazing program but our plates were full and I didn’t know if I was up to taking on planning for another program. Thankfully, I decided to give it a try and figured out that I didn’t have to take on planning. It was all laid out and ready to go without any additional work on my part! My fifth and seventh graders were able to work together and begin working their way through the unit study.
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Once I had them logged in to the program, it was very easy for them to navigate. They could complete each section, mark it complete and move on to the next section. Some of the sections had reading for them to complete online, some had activities and recipes, and others had short videos for them to watch. She also included a book club where they could choose a book and then throughout the study they had a chance to answer questions in a comment thread about this book. This gave them the opportunity to read what other students thought about the book.
We are almost half way through the unit study and the only thing that I purchased was a book selection for my son. The activities and recipes are fun and use mostly common household items. For example, they worked on a model of the Parthenon that used popsicle sticks, glue, newspaper, and a balloon. They also made a sun dial using a print out from the website, a compass and tape. I think my son’s favorite activity so far was the Roman honey cake. This was a simple recipe that only called for honey, flour, and eggs. It tasted delicious (especially topped with a little fresh whipping cream).
Each section took my students about 15 or 20 minutes to complete unless it was an activity like the Roman honey cake that required extra time. They were able to work together to complete it, which was a really benefit in my opinion. It saved us time and made it more fun for them. They could complete one section a day or if we had more time that day they could keep working. I really appreciated that it was laid out in such a way as to give us a lot of flexibility. We used it as a supplement to our studies and therefore, did several sections each week. It could also be done in a single week if you made it the focus of your studies that week. Another alternative might be to spend one day a week focused on the study.
This particular study focused on Ancient Rome and included a variety of sub-topics. They started with an introduction, learned about Roman mythology, daily life, architecture, entertainment, Roman military and the Roman language. They are excited about the final section, movie night. She includes a variety of suggestions for movies that feature Ancient Rome.
Techie Homeschool Mom has a variety of studies of historical topics, science, and even artists. These studies are easy to complete either independently or as a family. Once you have purchased them you have them forever, so there is no time limit in getting them finished. Now that I know how easy they are to complete and how much my children enjoy them, I am looking forward to including more of these studies in our home school. Be sure to check out the website to see which studies might be beneficial to your students and check out the other Crew reviews.
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