Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Box of I.D.E.A.S. {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

My boys love Hawaii. In fact, my youngest is pretty adamant that he will take me to Hawaii someday! ;-) I think the main contributing factor to their love of Hawaii is that one of their favorite TV programs takes place in Hawaii.

We also enjoy history, especially the Botanist Boy and I. What an awesome way to combine our interest in Hawaii, and our enjoyment of history, than by using the Box of I.D.E.A.S. called World War Two Pearl Harbor!

I had never heard of Box of I.D.E.A.S. before this came up for review. What does I.D.E.A.S. stand for? Ideally Dynamic Enrichment Activities. Each Box of I.D.E.A.S. is ideal for multi level students, particularly ages 9-16. They are designed to get your kids off the computer and around the table, and are great supplements to your current curriculum. They can also be used for homeschool group activities, summertime learning, or as a break from the normal routine.

Each Box of I.D.E.A.S....
  • is easily portable to provide excellent waiting room and traveling activities to create learning opportunities on the go.
  • 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.
  • a timed SAT style summary test.

World War Two Pearl Harbor

One of the games/activities
World War Two Pearl Harbor is an in depth look into the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the events surrounding the United States entry into World War Two, specifically in the Pacific. This box not only deals with the attack itself but everything that came before and after.

Modules include:

Before Becoming A Base - A look at the independent nation of Hawaii and life on the islands prior to and after Europeans and Americans began their explorations of the area. 

Beginning of a Naval Presence - Prior to establishing a military presence in the Hawaiian Islands, the U.S. was more interested in industries such as whaling. 

A Week Before the Attack - This module explores the state of the U.S. Armed Forces prior to the bombing in Hawaii.

Day of Infamy -A descriptive and concise introduction to the actual happenings on the fateful day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor ensuring the United States' involvement into WWII, and introduces your child to President Franklin Roosevelt's famous speech.

Day After the Attack - On December 8th, 1941, America was reeling from the ferocity and utter death and destruction caused during the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Weeks After the Attack - One of the largest salvage efforts in history took place in the weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Every attempt was made to save all that could be saved in regards to the Pacific Fleet, both ships and airplanes. 

Six Months After the Attack - The importance of military intelligence in winning the war in the Pacific is clearly outlined in this module with concentration on the Battle of Midway. 

A Year After The Attack - The aviation industry grew by leaps and bounds with the entrance of the US into WWII. 

Victory Over Japan - A look at the end of the war in the Pacific brought about in large part by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Decades After the Attack - The loss of life and pure devastation wrought at Pearl Harbor was the inspiration for a beautiful memorial and many touching traditions revolving around the USS Arizona which lies at the bottom of the harbor still to this day. 

I was thankful to receive the physical box (versus the PDF format). I love how each module is placed in it's own zippered back. How convenient! Just grab it, and go! I also like that each module has a game/activity. Most of them are already cut apart for you; some of them you have to cut apart yourself.

The boys have enjoyed working on the modules, and learning about this time in history. I think it has made them want to dig a little deeper in learning about World War II in the Pacific.

They didn't really enjoy writing, filling in the information on the "For Your Portfolio" pages. But they enjoyed playing the games, and doing the card activities. I think one of their favorite topics to learn about was pearls, and measuring them.

Be sure to check this out, if you are planning to study World War Two. This will definitely add a different dimension to your study.

Other members of the Crew reviewed the PDF format. Members also reviewed both the physical box, and PDF format of the Salt Box of I.D.E.A.S.

Cost: Physical Box--$79.00; PDF format--$49.00; extra student modules--$4.00.

Contact Information:

Phone: 330-506-9411

Please be sure to check out what the rest of the Crew has to say about Box of I.D.E.A.S.
Disclaimer: As a Schoolhouse Review Crew blogger, I am provided a free copy of the book, curriculum or product to test and use in order to write an honest review. I receive no other compensation and the opinions I share are my own and not influenced by the company in question.
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