Review of WAY Comes Home Kit from HomeSchool Scholastics1:46 PM
HomeSchool Scholastics, an i4 Learning Company sent us their WAY Comes Home Kit to review, and it was the perfect time for us. We had just started our homeschool year, and health and wellness was a concern I had. How would I teach it in a way that was fun? The kit really seemed to solve some of the problems I've had with incorporating these lessons into our laid-back home education days.
First, there is so much included in this kit. It was a huge box that arrived at our home, and I knew that I would be in for a little study time myself as I got accustomed to everything that was inside. This program is marketed as complete, and it really is! There was a thick parent guide, journals, accessories, everything you need for experiments, a poster, DVD lessons, and manipulatives. It really took up a lot of room on my table.
After getting my bearings, it was apparent that this program was going to be a lot of fun. I immediately indentified which levels we would be using with which kids. As the kit was set up, you can do the WAY (Wellness, Academics, and You) program with 3 levels of grades. Since we have such a large family, we made use of all three:
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Each set of grade levels, had a different theme. Safari, Mysteries, and Space!
The parent guide is colorful, well laid-out, and walks you through everything. It's important to note that as we were doing our activities, it took some time, because I was teaching three levels, but many of the activities had some overlap. It really was a family-friendly way to learn principles like esteem, feelings, physical fitness, and nutrition. The kids had lots of opportunities to do hands-on, and some of their favorite lessons included using a scale while we discussed food measurements or listening to their own heart with the included stethoscope!
This program takes some time to do. Each lesson could have easily taken an hour or more, especially with so many levels we were trying to teach. If kids have their own journal time after class, that's another half hour or more. I would try to do this subject one day a week, maybe in place of science, because it really does cover a lot of science-related material. (That may be one of the reasons my boys liked it so much.)
This product is relavitely new, so I was excited to be one of the first families to really have the opportunity to try it with my kids. If you want to know what other great thinsgs the folks at Homeschool Scholastics are up to, be sure to Like Homeschool Scholastics on Facebook, Follow Homeschool Scholastics on Twitter, or Follow Homeschool Scholastics on Pinterest!
You can also see how other families used this program, which I think is a smashing way to introduce so many important health and wellness principles to your family: