A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

 

Lapbooking is one of those homeschool activities that we have discussed here before. If you have read my post on this, you will remember that cutting and pasting booklets into a file folder does not hold alot of appeal to my boys for some reason. For another odd reason, when cutting and pasting them onto sheets of cardstock and three hole punching them into our notebooks with our notebooking pages, they enjoy it.

And, that’s what we did with our lapbooks we received from A Journey Through Learning. My younger son completed the Reptiles Lapbook with Study Guide for grades 2 – 7. My other son completed The Parables of the King Lapbook with Study Guide for grades 2 – 8 from their “Let’s Study the Bible Series”. Both boys incorporated these lapbooks into their notebooks. 

A Journey Through Learning offers a wide variety of lapbooks and other items covering a wide variety of subject areas and topics. However, for this review, we received lapbooks from which to choose to review.

I’d like to give you an idea of what to expect from these lapbooks by using these two as an example.

Reptiles    Reptiles Lapbook

This lapbook, like the others, begins with notes on some of the folds and dotted lines used to make the booklets, using the study guide, and lapbook assembly instructions. This lapbook includes the following topics to study and write about:

  • What are characteristics of reptiles?
  • How do reptiles defend themselves against predators?
  • What are the different classes of reptiles?
  • Eggs, eggs,and more eggs?
  • What do reptiles eat when they get hungry?
  • What is a food chain?
  • Chameleons are very strange creatures?
  • Tell me about crocodiles
  • Tell me about lizards
  • Tell me about turtles
  • Tell me about snakes
  • Scales! And not the one in your bathroom
  • Beware!Venemous Snakes Ahead!
  • Snake Bite Rescue!

This lapbook is simple and interesting for all grade levels to use because of its variety of easy to use features:

  • variety of mini-booklets and folds
  • study guide with all of the information you need to complete the booklets
  • simplicity of the folds
  • directions and format children can follow
  • not too much information or too many booklets to complete, nor too few
  • report writing component using a form to be placed in pocket holder
  • good solid information covering a valuable spectrum of information

The last section of the lapbook contains suggested additional reading and forms you can use – possibly to put into your notebook (maybe alongside your lapbook pages if you put them on single pages of cardstock like we do), such as

  • a book log for additional reading
  • a simple notes page with three columns for Notes, Information and Comments, and Keywords
  • a higher-level outline notes format page
  • two different narration pages, one for younger children, one for older children

My son in fifth grade really enjoyed this project and found the information in the study guide pages interesting and the booklets fun to complete. His favorite topic to read and write about was the crocodiles.

If you are familiar with the way we do lapbooking, you will see by looking at the pictures below that we place them in a different format than making a lapbook. Here, we ran out of cardstock and used the file folders as sheets of cardstock and hole-punched them to fit into our notebooks. We kind of cheated; but if this works for my boys, that’s what we’ll do.

These pictures give you an idea of the variety of information and the different kinds of booklets included in the Reptiles lapbook.

The cover my son used as a title page, decorated with stickers of assorted reptiles found in this lapbook.

The cover my son used as a title page, decorated with stickers of assorted reptiles found in this lapbook.

First couple of pages of booklets

First couple of pages of booklets

This lapbook is available from A Journey Through Learning in the following formats:

Instant Download for $13.00

CD for $14.00

Printed $21.00

For all you Charlotte Mason fans, there is copywork available to correspond with this lapbook as well.

 

parables of a kingThe Parables of the King Lapbook

 My older son completed The Parables of the King Lapbook with Study Guide. This lapbook also begins as the other one does with introductory information about using the study guide, making the booklets and folds, and the layout of the lapbook.

The format of the study guides is a bit different with this lapbook from the Reptiles one. Each parable comes with two different kinds of study guide pages. One study guide page contains the scriptural passages of the parable from the Bible. The other page retells the parable in a story format using today’s common language. My son read both.
 
The booklets with this lapbook asks a variety of questions that you might ask when studying literature. There are comprehension and detail questions to check understanding and identification of key characters, plot, and symbolism. But, of course, when dealing with scripture passages and especially parables, questions also have you analyze the meaning and lesson behind the story. My son and I think the questions are very good, thought provoking and pertinent to the material and for the age levels of this lapbook.
 
The parables included in this lapbook are
  • What is a Parable?
  • The Fishing Net
  • The Lost Sheep
  • The Ten Virgins
  • The Lost Coin
  • The Sower
  • The Wise and Foolish Builders
  • The Fruitless Fig Tree
  • The Talents
  • The Seed that Grows by Itself
  • The Good Samaritan
  • Jesus is the Vine
  • The Two Sons
  • The Wedding Feast
  • The Leaven
  • The Rich Man
  • The Prodigal Son
  • The Ungrateful Servant
  • The Flowers and the Birds

My son’s favorite parable was The Fruitless Fig Tree. (Which I think is great! Isn’t it comforting to know, that if we aren’t “getting it right” we can ask for forgiveness and go another direction?)

This lapbook is simple and interesting for all grade levels to use because of the same reasons mentioned in the Reptiles Lapbook review, its variety of easy to use features:

  • variety of mini-booklets and folds
  • study guide with all of the information you need to complete the booklets
  • simplicity of the folds
  • directions and format children can follow
  • not too much information or too many booklets to complete, nor too few
  • good variety of parables to study with a spectrum of lessons

I think what I would have liked to have seen to make this lapbook even better and more meaningful because of its content and subject matter would be personal reflection and application. For instance, offer the opportunity to pick a parable or selected parables where you see you can apply the lesson from that parable in your own life, why, and what action you can take to apply that lesson in your daily life. Fill out a booklet with that information and include it in the lapbook in that parable’s section. I think this would be a worthwhile feature for the older children who can think at a higher level and make this learning opportunity more personal.

My son and I are going to go over some of the parables and discuss how we think they apply to our lives at this moment. I’m looking forward to hearing his perceptions and his point of view, especially now in these early teen years when really is starting to look at this on a whole new level!

Just like the Reptiles lapbook, this lapbook also includes items in the last section of the book:

  • a book log for additional reading
  • a simple notes page with three columns for Notes, Information and Comments, and Keywords
  • a higher-level outline notes format page
  • two different narration pages, one for younger children, one for older children

I like the added notebook pages to use alongside these lapbooking elements. You can put together a comprehensive notebook and include those Charlotte Mason methods we love! They also have copywork available for this lapbook too!

Below is a picture of my older son’s lapbook. 

There is a large variety of booklets.

There is a large variety of booklets.

 This lapbook is available from A Journey Through Learning in the following formats:

 
Instant Download for $13.00
 
CD for $14.00
 
Printed for $21.00
 
For more reviews of these lapbooks and others, visit the TOS Homeschool Crew Reviews.
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