For the past year or so, our ten-year-old daughter has been interested in studying sea creatures. She was so happy when we were picked to review Apologia Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day Lapbook from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks. This is just one of their many Apologia lapbooks available on their Apologia Curriculum page. This lapbook is used along side of Exploring Creation with Zoology 2, Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day from Apologia. It's one of the books from the Young Explorers Series.
The file was easy to download and instructions for printing were easy to follow. We print one lesson at a time, so we only have to store a few pages while we are working on the individual sections. She was so excited that I had to pace her lessons out or she may have completed an entire lesson in one day. I want this curriculum to last our entire first semester, then we will be going on to another lapbook after Christmas.
I love how you are given a list of materials needed to complete the lapbooks. We were able to make a basket full of our supplies, so she can just grab it every day knowing she won't have to search for anything. Our basket includes:
- Our printed lesson pages
- Our book Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
- Colored file folders (13 for this particular project)
- Hole Puncher
- Crayons and colored pencils
Our daughter is an independent person. She loves doing everything on her own. I have given her an itinerary to follow and off she goes. Each day she reads the required pages in her book ( the pages she needs to read are highlighted in bold text on the top of each mini-booklet page), then she follows the instructions on putting her lapbook together. The directions are easy to understand. She has not had any issues so far.
After completing her daily activities, she brings it to me so I can check her work. There is an answer key in the back of the lapbook. They also have a list of suggested reading to go along with the study. After we make sure she has all the work done correctly, she has me take a picture of her and her lapbook, she so can see her progress.
If you have a student who enjoys hands on projects, lapbooking may be for you. Our daughter doesn't realize how much she is learning as she completes each lesson because she is having so much fun doing it. She has never enjoyed science class, but now she can't wait to work on her science lessons. A Journey Through Learning lapbooks are fun yet educational. They keep the child involved in each assignment. They have made my job much easier. No more whining when it's time to do science.
Shhhhhh, don't tell my daughter, but these lapbooks also incorporate writing and critical thinking skills. By following the directions on each page, they are exercising their thinking skills. As they write the answers in the booklets, they are practicing their writing skills. This is a wonderful bonus!!!
So, have I peaked your curiosity yet? Are you wanting to learn more about lapbooking? If you want to learn more about these wonderful educational tools, please check out A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks website or you can find them on their social media pages:
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