A Review of A Journey Through Learning Earth and Other Lapbooks

We received for review The Earth (grades 1-4), and Knights and Castles (grades 2-7) Lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning.  I was sent the color PDFs that I downloaded and printed out on my own computer at home.  Ezra, age 5 reviewed The Earth Lapbook and Noah, age 7 Reviewed Knights and Castles.

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Lapbooking has sort of taken over our homeschooling and if you read the homeschooling section of this blog regularly then you already know that!  We just seem to love getting to dig in deep on any topic we can dream of.  Lapbooks can just be fantastic for that! Ezra seems to particularly enjoy them.  He enjoys the crafty aspect.  I like how everything can be all laid out for me.  Download, print, and go!  That exactly describes these two lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning.  They make lapbooking so easy! They have a very large selection of small and large lapbooking projects all at very reasonable prices in my opinion.
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If you are unsure of how to make a lapbook with your children then you can check out A Journey Through Learning’s video.  They do a fantastic job of breaking things down into very manageable steps for you. It even details for you all of the supplies you will need and just how to get started.

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These lapbooks come complete with pages and pages of study information that accompany each and every little project or mini book that you will place in your lapbooks.  Generally I read the pages aloud to my children while they cut out the pieces for the project.  Sometimes my children would read the pages to themselves.  Either way, after the reading was done we’d come together and I’d assist them with picking the information out of the text that was needed for the mini book or project.  Then they would copy down or paraphrase the information onto the project.

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Each lapbook came complete with a book list that you can use to add to your children’s learning on the topic.  We went to the library and filled our library basket to the brim with appropriate titles, both those that were recommended and others we found on our own. I have to say that this wasn’t necessary.   We are book junkies and adore reading anything we can get our hands on in any topic we are studying, but the study information that came with these lapbooks was more than sufficient.  Ezra completed 3-4 projects per day (he really enjoys this) and finished his 3 folder Earth Lapbook in just about 2 weeks.  Noah’s Knights and Castles Lapbook was a four folder lapbook with many more projects.  He worked through 1 or 2 projects per day and I predict it’ll take him just over a month or so to finish up his.

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Noah’s Knights and Castles Lapbook is described as being meant for 2-7th grades and I would certainly call the material more in-depth and challenging than Ezra’s Earth Lapbook meant for 1st-4th graders.  The reading level is higher and the student has to draw a bit more of his own conclusions to finish each project.  It stretched my 2nd grader for sure and I appreciated that.  In fact it stretched him so much that his lapbook is not quite entirely done.  He is enjoying the learning process and is eager to complete the project, but he and I agree that he needs to move at a slower 1 or 2 projects per day where as with the Earth Lapbook Ezra could complete several in one sitting.  Keep in mind though that in most area’s Ezra does fall 1 or even 2 grade levels above his age at least.

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Lapbooking has breathed fresh air into our homeschooling.  My Ezra just craves in-depth studies and I don’t always have the time to put new things together for him.  I can download a lapbook and he can be off and running in moments.  It truly is amazing to watch that little boy spread his wings with this format.  Lapbooking is the perfect compliment for unit studies and self-directed studies.  A Journey Through Learning makes it very easy as they have, quite literally, done all of the work for me!

You can find these two lapbooks right here… The Earth (grades 1-4, $13.00 instant download), Knights and Castles (grades 2-7, $13.00 instant download),

Here a few other A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks we have completed recently…. Cooking , President’s Day, and Valentine’s Day.

Here are links to a variety of A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks you might be interested in. As you can see, they have a range of topics and something for every age.

Letters, Numbers and Shapes (ages 3-5)
The Earth (grades 1-4)
Knights and Castles (grades 2-7)
Astronomy and Space (grades 2-7)

 

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