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Review of Home School in the Woods’ Á La Carte Collection




Sometimes run of the mill textbooks and worksheets do not make the grade and some creativity and variety are needed.  Home School in the Woods offers products that meet that requirement. Because my youngest child is fifteen-years-old finding products that meet her needs are more challenging.  Fortunately, Home School in the Woods now offers many of their hands-on history projects Á La Carte.

Because all our children, as well as my husband and myself, are participating in our area’s homeschool band and/or strings programs, I decided that items focusing on music would definitely meet the bill.  So we selected “Composers through History Timeline” and “The Orchestra”, which is a File Folder Display of the Orchestra across 4 different periods of history in music.  I like doing hands-on crafts such as scrapbooking and crocheting.  So I decided to select “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” for myself.


Our family found all these products to be fun and interesting to use.  “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” involves paper art that uses the 3-dimensional art of rolled paper.  This product was originally created as part of “Time Travelers: Colonial Life”.  This particular product required the purchase of a quilling tool, quilling paper, and an adhesive to attach the paper rolls to the paper.  The instructions were clearly stated, but I did find the quilling tool somewhat difficult to use.  Also, the adhesive is exceptionally sticky which meant my fingers managed to get and stay sticky.  But all in all, I really enjoyed making my one project.  Here are some of the pictures while I was working on it and a picture of my completed picture.

Here is the picture of the finished product.


Next, I would like to talk about “The Orchestra A File Folder Display of the Orchestra Across 4 Periods in the History of Music“.  This product was originally created for the “Composers Activity Pack”.  It examines the way musical instruments were introduced over time and how the orchestra grew to include many of them.  It takes the student through The Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods and includes over 25 instruments along with the conductor.


This product requires a file folder, card stock, an adhesive and scissors.  The most involved part of this product is cutting out and attaching the pockets to the file folder and the cutting out the instrument descriptions and information about the period.  I love how this product is interactive and can allow for multiple periods to be displayed using the same file folder.  Here are some pictures of me creating the file folder and then set up the arrangement of instruments for the Classical Period.

Finally, I want to talk about “Composers through History Timeline” product.  This involves the use of card stock or other paper, scissors and an adhesive.  Students learn about periods of music and the various composers that belong to each period.  It allows for parents and students to go into as much depth as desired for each composer and period.


 Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods also offers selections such as Timeline of the American Revolution and the Renaissance Reporter Newspaper.  So check these out for yourself.  Click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews of the Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods.