Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Journey Through Learning: Lapbooks and Unit Studies


I admit it. I'm a Lapbooker. I love all the little mini books and funky folds. I'd probably want to make Lapbooks all on my own, but thankfully I have kids so I can fold paper to my hearts content and no one will think anything of it.

We used to Lapbook A LOT. Last year, not so much and I MISSED it. You know what I missed most? Having those books to treasure for years to come. Every once in awhile I take out the Lapbooks my now sixteen and eighteen year olds made years ago and flip through them and get all sentimental and misty eyed at viewing their work.

Memories.

Lapbooks create memories and will be treasured long after all the workbooks and worksheets are tossed in the garbage somewhere. I know, some of you are just NOT Lapbook people, and that's okay, but if you are then you'll understand my excitement when I was given a sampling of Lapbooks to try out from A Journey Through Learning.

This company publishes Lapbooks and Unit Studies. These are created by two homeschool moms for homeschool moms (and dads, if they are so inclined!). Most contain all the research already done for you, so you can just print and go. They carry subjects ranging from seasons to science to states. There are lapbooks for holidays and history. They even carry mini Lapbooks, for those who may want a shorter time commitment.

We decided to start with The Desert Lapbook with Study Guide. I printed the instructions on regular copy paper and the Lapbook illustrations and books on card stock. I find the card stock to be longer lasting and since we're creating memories, it's worth the extra cost to me.

I found the instructions easy to follow but am not sure if that would be the case if I were new to Lapbooking. Newbies may need to Google Lapbook folds for a quick course in the folds and cuts. We cut and folded and sat down to get started with the Study Guide.

The Study Guide consists of information regarding the topic that the student can read (I was creating one book with four children, so I read aloud) and then use to fill out the mini books. Sometimes the requested information was easy to find, sometimes it was much more difficult. The child writes the information into the mini book and then glues it onto the file folder. Directions for placement are given.

This is a cut, fold, and fill in type study. My kids enjoy drawing and coloring and the like, so they were rather disappointed in this. I have a friend whose kids despise coloring, so this may be a better fit for them. This type of Lapbook is a good alternative to reading and answering questions, it adds a bit more creativity, but it's not going to be enough for the more "artsy" family.

We are enjoying our Lapbook (we're not quite finished) but I do think we would have enjoyed it more had we added to it. This would be a nice jumping off point for a study of the desert, but I don't feel was complete enough in itself for us. When we try another one, I will order a few books on the topic from the library to fill in and supplement. This is fairly easy to do and would really make it a fuller study.

Instant Downloads of these studies are $13 each, the CD format is $14, and the printed version is $21. They do carry several holiday options and I've always found the upcoming Thanksgiving/Christmas season to be a wonderful time to take a break from regular studies and create Lapbooks.

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