How to Organize Project Passport in 3 Easy Steps

We've loved everything we've used from Home School in the Woods {and we've used quite a bit!} so it will probably be no surprise when I tell you how much we love their Project Passport series. The one piece of advice I can offer for using this program is to get yourself organized before diving into all the fun. Take a look at the three steps I use to organize Project Passport {so I don't spend every weekend printing papers and gathering supplies}.

Project Passport from Home School in the Woods is a fabulous history program for elementary and middle school. Take a peek at how I organize our studies with Project Passport.

Disclaimer: I received a free download of  Project Passport:  Renaissance & Reformation for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Home School in the Woods

If you've every used the products from Home School in the Woods you know that everything they produce is high-quality. I really can't say enough about how impressed I am with the excellent images and graphics. We've used many different lapbook printables and the lapbook materials from Home School in the Woods are by far the best we've ever used.

A Look at Project Passport

Every product we've used is well-thought out and offers a wide variety of project ideas. The Project Passport World History series has many choices - from hands-on projects to lapbooks to notebooks - there are choices for all types of learners and ages (perfect for grades 3-8).

Each Project Passport study includes the necessary teachers materials, reading text, project ideas, and even some fun audio tours. It's a fabulous program that is very customizable.

The only {small} drawback is that first moment of feeling slightly overwhelmed when you take a look at all the printables in that Project Passport bundle. But that feeling doesn't last long when you start diving in!

Organizing Your Project Passport Study

The creators of the Project Passport series realize how overwhelming it can be for new users so they created a very nifty feature for their products. When you open your download or CD, click on the 'Start' icon and it will open all the information you need, in the order you need it, right in your web browser. All you need to do is work your way through the files, printing as you go.

You'll want to have some supplies on hand (these are Amazon affiliate links)

Once you have your supplies, it's time to get organized.

Project Passport from Home School in the Woods is a fabulous history program for elementary and middle school. Take a peek at how I organize our studies with Project Passport.

Organize Your Guide Book

Start by printing and reading the Introduction, Travel Tips, Travel Planner, and Additional Resources. The Introduction PDF gives a brief overview of the different parts of the program, the Travel Tips offer some advice and a list of items you'll want to have on hand, and the Travel Planner provides a quick snapshot view of each stop along the way. The Additional Resources page has some good recommendations for non-fiction, literature, audio books, and videos. You'll also want to print the Teacher Binder Cover & Spine and put them on your 3" binder. Then 3-hole punch the other pages and add them to your Guide Book.

Once you've finished with the introductory materials, print and 3-hole punch the Travel Itinerary and Guide Book Text for every stop. Add a Post-It tabbed divider to each Travel Itinerary, writing the number for that stop on the divider. This one little step makes adding extra materials so much easier. Make sure each Guide Book Text is behind it's corresponding Travel Itinerary.

Project Passport from Home School in the Woods is a fabulous history program for elementary and middle school. Take a peek at how I organize our studies with Project Passport.

Plan Your Schedule & Choose Your Projects

Before printing all the projects for each stop, it's a good idea to outline your weekly schedule - how many stops per week you'd like to do, what other projects or books you'd like to include, and any other assignments that fit.

Once you have a good idea of how much you want to cover each week, go through each stop's Travel Itinerary with your kids and highlight the projects that interest them the most. There is a lot to choose from!

When all the projects have been decided on you can start printing the masters needed for each project, 3-hole punching the pages, and putting them behind the appropriate stop. Then, when you're ready to dive into a new stop with your children, all the materials are in one place {and even 3-hole punched for their Scrapbook of Sights binders}.

Follow the printing instructions on your Travel Itinerary pages - some pages will be printed on cardstock or have other printing requirements. This is by far the most time-consuming part - but it will be worth it when all you need to do is grab-and-go whenever you are ready to dive into your history study.

Project Passport from Home School in the Woods is a fabulous history program for elementary and middle school. Take a peek at how I organize our studies with Project Passport.

Add in the Extras & Shop for Supplies

Depending on the ages of your children or how many stops you are planning each week, you can include other things in your history study. I like to make a list additional resource ideas - non-fiction and literature selections for my daughter to read, audio books and read aloud books, and videos from our library or Netflix queue - and include that list in my Guide Book. Every few weeks we order a stack of books and videos to enhance our studies.

I also like to shop for all our projects ahead of time too. I flip back through each Travel Itinerary and make a note of supplies and resources we'll need to purchase. I try to get the shopping done and stored in a box on our shelf - so it's all ready to go when we need it {and there's no last minute scrambling for supplies}.

Then, when we are ready for a new 'Stop' on our journey, I can pull out the tabbed Travel Itinerary, Guide Book Text, and the masters and materials we need. It's all in one place so nothing is lost or disorganized.

Project Passport from Home School in the Woods is a fabulous history program for elementary and middle school. Take a peek at how I organize our studies with Project Passport.

Why we love Project Passport

The Project Passport is such a full and well-rounded program that is easily personalized. You can do as much or as little as you want, add in whatever extras or age-appropriate assignments you need, and completely customize the program to fit your family's needs. We've used it as our history 'spine' and filled it with lots of good books, videos, extra geography work, and writing assignments. Project Passport provides a solid foundation for fun history learning. It really is a fabulous series!

The Project Passport series is available for $33.95 {download} or $34.95 {CD}.

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Tonia L

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