As a Canadian homeschooling family, we are always on the lookout for fun and interactive ways to learn about our country and its rich history. When I was offered the opportunity to review Canadian People and History from The Great Canadian Adventure Company I was eager to jump at the chance.
This new subscription kit series offers a fun take on learning history. Each month your child will receive a package that covers the history of one province or territory up until confederation. The fun twist is that your child(children) will create their own personal history Smashbook! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Smashbooks, they are a bit like a scrapbook but a little more eclectic (does that make sense?)
Once your child receives their first package in the mail you are ready to begin. Because the package contains a ton of resources, including artwork that your child can use to illustrate their smash book, it’s easy for them to get into it right away without having to gather additional books or resources first.
The first unit opens with a letter from Wiskacân welcoming your child and explaining a bit about himself and his people. From there you will find texts, simple games, and artwork. In addition, your child will be asked to find various pictures and information to extend and expand on their learning, all of which will be added to their smash book.
To go along with the units are a Facebook group with additional resources and news about the program as well as book lists that you can use to enhance your child’s learning. It’s also a great place to ask questions (the folks at the Great Canadian Adventure are good at responding) and share information with other families using the kits.
AS you can see from the photo above, kids can decorate and add to their cut and paste pages with colored pencils, markers, stickers, and anything else they would like. It really helps make it all fun and helps them remember what they are learning by working with different materials.
Maps are also included in the package. EJ decided to paste his into the front of his smashbook so he would have it handy to follow along with. You may decide to make copies to use for cut and paste or drawing on as well.
Since the story tells of the grandfather telling stories in his native language, we decided to see if we could find some simple words and phrases online and add them into the book. This was quite a lot of fun and reminded us of watching The Amazing Race Canada when the contestants had to learn about some Wolastoqiyik paintings from an elder in her native language.
We also had some first-hand history learning as we were traveling in Louisiana, in Acadiana to be precise and were hearing about the Treaty of Utrecht. This all tied in together (plus made EJ even more interested in getting his next package that focuses on Nova Scotia) and helped bring the information to life.
Our family has enjoyed using The Great Canadian Adventure Company’s Canadian People and History subscription units in our homeschool but I think any family will enjoy it as a supplement to their learning.
It would also make a nice gift from a grandparent for kids who love learning and getting special packages in the mail.
* I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.