Box of I.D.E.A.S. Salt - Review

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"Box of I.D.E.As. is a company dedicated to creating delightful interactive learning modules centered around random subject areas. Explorers will be irresistibly drawn into critical thinking & knowledge building activites through an amazing variety of fun topics."

Suited for kids aged 9-16, topics include: 

  • Eleven (The Eleven Box of IDEAs is an amazing trip through a plethora of subjects. Inspired by the number eleven.)
  • Salt
  • Laundry
  • WWII
  • Quilting
  • Laundry
  • More coming soon!
As a Schoolhouse Review Crew member, I received the SALT Box of I.D.E.As. Physical Box which retails for $79.00.
Includes: 

"Description

Our Salt Box of IDEAs is a comprehensive look at salt and how it has helped to shape history, nourish our bodies and even build and destroy empires. This Box delves into history, geography, science, language, political systems and much more. Salt—something that your children see and probably use every single day—can be a wonderful stepping stone to opening their minds to so very much.
Modules include:
The History Of Salt - A gateway to learning world history through the ages. Take a ‘salty journey’ through time! This module gives an overview of how salt has had an influence in the world in so many ways - from building empires to starting wars.  The portfolio piece gives your child a chance to use their imagination and recreate history how THEY want to do it while the chronology of the activity portion helps them to learn the sequence of world events while having fun playing a game.
The Science Of Salt - Bring science into your home through experiments with salt. Make science FUN!  All the supplies are included in this module to allow your kids to set up their own 'labratory' and investigate the answers to some burning salt questions!  A lab write up encompasses the portfolio piece to go along with the actual experiment activity.
The Salt March -An entre into the history of India and Mahatma Ghandi, one of history’s most important figures.  The history of India is long and storied and this module will open doors for you to direct your kids to a more in depth investigation of this most interesting place - from civil disobedience to a culture so different from their own.  The portfolio piece is a matching exercise while the factual chronology of the activity that deals directly with the Salt March itself will give them greater understanding into this singular act of civil disobedience that helped free a country from foreign rule.
The Salt of the Earth - Your children will love learning about their own country and those around the world as well when they become part of the investigation to find out where exactly salt is produced.  A huge variety of countries are involved in salt production and through the portfolio piece, which teaches graphing skills, to the activity mapping exercise, your kids will enjoy their hunt for the highest, and lowest, salt producing countries of the world.
Need For Salt - Humans and other animals need salt to live - without it we would cease to function.  The key is to get enough without getting too much.  In an effort to teach responsible nutrition and give your kids the ability to quickly and easily read food lables, this module delves into how much is too much and what we actually require.  By finding and listing high and low sodium foods and then making up a daily meal plan while keeping within certain limits, kids can acquire a skill that will serve them well for a lifetime of healthy eating.
Preserving With Salt - When mankind realized that food could be preserved with salt, the whole world changed.  People were suddenly not tied down to one place, exploration was suddenly possible and making it through the winter a more likely event.  This module concentrates on food safety and the facts of preservation - the why and the how as well as key terms.  Math skills come into effect in the portfolio piece while the fast paced board game will make learning the facts of preservation lots of fun!
Too Much Salt - While most people are aware of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, many don't realize just how common salt lakes are.  They are a source of salt and a source of life for many creatures.  Your children will learn all about salt lakes and their functions as well as how they are formed in this informative module.  They will use critical math skills and logic to solve problems regarding volume, area and salinity.
The Wall That Salt Built - Take your kids on a Chinese adventure!  While most know of the Great Wall, few are aware of salt's role in its formation.  The portfolio is designed to make your children use their minds to understand why salt was so important while the activity portion of the module concentrates on the construction of the wall itself over hundreds and hundreds of years.
Where Salt Lives - Salt can be found in several different places from which is it extracted for our use.  This module will take you and your kids to all the places that salt lives before it travels to your local grocery store!  The portfolio exercise will have your children critically reading a newspaper article regarding salt mining and then answering detailed questions about what they have read.  The activity deals with all of the places salt can be found and your child must reason as to where each fact is referring.
The Language of Salt - Salt proliferates our language and that of languages the world over.  Whether a single word, an idiom or a place name, salt is everywhere attesting to its importance throughout history.  This module gives an overview of how salt helped to form many common sayings, names and words.  The portfolio challenges your child to decipher the meaning behind some common salt phrases while the activity has them matching words, phrases and place names with their definitions and origins."






 Studying the "Where Salt Lives" module.



Also available is the Salt PDF for $49.00, which includes:

"Description
The PDF version of the Salt Box of Ideas. Delivered in via instant download in an easy to manage Zip file.
Our Salt Box of IDEAs is a comprehensive look at salt and how it has helped to shape history, nourish our bodies and even build and destroy empires. This Box delves into history, geography, science, language, political systems and much more. Salt, something that your children see and probably use every single day, can be a wonderful stepping stone to opening their minds to so very much.

Highlights include:

The History Of Salt, a gateway to learning world history through the ages. Take a "salty journey" through time!

The Science Of Salt, bring science into your home through experiments with salt. Make science FUN!

The Salt March, an entre into the history of India and Mahatma Ghandi, one of history's most important figures.

The Geography of Salt, your children will love learning about their own country and those around the world as well."

How we used this product:

My daughter is in K12, which is a virtual online school. She frequently finishes her online lessons in just a couple of hours which leaves us having to add extra activities. She loves science, so she is whom I chose to review this curriculum with. We have used one module per week, for the past several weeks. The 3 we have reviewed so far are "Where Salt Lives", "The Language of Salt", and "Need for Salt". We are next planning on studying "The Salt March" module. She would simply grab a bag, and either sit at the kitchen table with it, or take it into her room with her, to do computer research. 
What we thought about Box of I.D.E.As.:
I love the idea of individual lesson bags. The "Need for Salt" lesson actually included a white-board dry-wipe marker, a list of the sodium content of foods, and a "Let's Eat Menu Planner" for use with the erasable marker. It was interesting seeing just how much sodium was in each meal and how much we consumed on a daily basis. Sometimes we consume more sodium that I thought and it seems to be hidden in foods everywhere. We don't eat many processed or pre-packaged foods, but those were some of the worst culprits!

Each bag contains a sticker on the outside with the contents and materials needed as well as salt quotes. Once students are finished with all 10 modules, there is a 3 page exam to test their knowledge. The flashcards included are great to have and were very handy in helping my daughter to study and learn. The links included as a starting point for further research were immensely helpful! I was very pleased with the quality of all the materials I received and think the investment would be well worth every penny! 

I've never used bag activities before, so my only issue is deciding how to store them. I don't really have room to keep them in the box they came from so I guess my next order of business is to check out Pinterest to try to find some sort of organizational system for these kind of lessons. What about you? Do you have a unique storage idea for them? If so, please share what works best for you! I'd love to hear about it!

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