A Journey Through Learning Review

  If you’ve visited my site for any length of time, you know I LOVE lapbooks.  (I even went on TV at Life Plus Homeschooling to talk about it!)These fun, interactive, educational (and test-free!) units incorporate all the best learning methods while providing a portfolio assessment that can be kept for years as a treasured memory of learning days.

I was pleased with the quality of the products from A Journey Through Learning.  Having written more than a few lapbook units myself, I know just what I want in a program!  The unit I received – The Earth – far exceeded my expectations.  The product description says:

Learn about the Earth, what the Earth is made of, the Earth’s crust, sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks, the Earth’s 4 spheres-lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere, how the Earth moves-the days and the seasons, parts of the Earth, landforms-continents, mountains, valleys, and plains, how mountains are formed, the atmosphere, the water cycle, ocean zones- photic, abyssal, disphotic, hadal, the ocean floor- continental margin, continental shelf, abyssal plain, ocean trenches, and volcanoes.

The unit contains 42 pages, and only requires 2 manila file folders, scissors, glue, and coloring utensils of your choice.

There are also units covering the themes of “Spring”, “Knights”, and “Early Learning”, as well as Express Books for just $1 and a monthly $5 Lapbook!

The units can be purchased as downloads, which is a real benefit for educators of multiple students, or if you’d like to reuse the unit at a later time.  They can also be purchased in print for a few dollars more.  Ideal for grades 1-4, students can typically complete a unit in just one month (working on 1 page per day on the activities).  The instructions are super-easy to follow, and activities are dedicated on their own pages, so no cutting into your reading text!

In a few short weeks, you can go from study guide to interactive personalized book!

If you aren’t familiar with lapbooks, just think of a collection of mini-books.  Each one is dedicated to a different topic or learning objective.  The student focuses on one of these per lesson, then compiles them into a “book” made from a file folder.  Presto!  All the lessons are demonstrated in a compact, colorful arrangement that students can’t wait to share with family and friends.  There are also lots of tips and tricks through the website’s video lessons, and I have a previous blog post about it HERE.

My kids both love lapbooking, and were pleased to add this one to their collection.  A Journey Through Learning takes the work out of designing these lessons, and just lets you get straight to the fun!

Just a few of the highlights of lapbook units from A Journey Through Learning:

  • Thematic, integrated units of study
  • Color illustrations
  • Easy-to-Follow directions
  • Excellent informational text to accompany each activity
  • Additional suggestions for Poems, Songs, Activities, and Supplemental Reading
  • Two purchasing options (Downloadable = $13.00, Printed Booklet = $21.00)

You can read more experiences right HERE, at SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com, and in the words of Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton, “Don’t just take my word for it!”  Read these other great reviews by parent educators like me!


The “Right” Homeschool Method

I’ve been so impressed with the quality of HEDUA’s television series “Life Plus Homeschooling”.  I had the privilege of being a guest for four 20-minute segments, each dealing with a different topic of homeschool life.

Below is one of the completed episodes, “The Right Method for Your Family“, which focuses on how parents can choose the teaching approach that fits their family dynamic .  It deals with the following four areas:

  • Textbook-Based/Traditional, Umbrella, School-At-Home, Online/Computer-Based
  • Classical Method, Charlotte Mason
  • Unit Studies, Literature-Based, Notebooking 
  • Unschooling, Self-Directed, Eclectic

You can find more in this series at the HEDUA website, or here on my blog!

I wrote a series of articles dealing with many of these topics, which you can find through the following links:

Related articles

Many thanks to the film production crew and the gang at HEDUA for sharing the wealth of information about homeschooling with the public, and for utilizing technology to help all of us learn more.