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!


Lapbooking Gets a Video Boost

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, “Lapbooking“, which focuses on how educators can incorporate lapbook activities with their literature units .  It was a great opportunity to showcase the literature theme units I authored to accompany Goldminds Publishing‘s YA line of current titles.  The program deals with the following four areas:

  • What IS a Lapbook?
  • What goes into a Lapbook?
  • Where to get materials and ideas
  • Throwing out the Test

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.

Journaling Your Way to an Education

Lapbook Open

The Notebooking Method for Homeschool

I didn’t even realize this was an official method for homeschooling, until I came across it in several sites with its own category listing.  My kids and I have been notebooking (lapbooking) for a couple of years, and I can honestly say that it has taken on a life of its own.  I wouldn’t call it a full-fledged method for us, but it is a significant part of our education!

Notebooking allows children to process what they learn by creating a kind of interactive journal.  It is ideal for covering broad topics or literature units, as information can be disseminated into smaller parcels.  The emphasis is on collecting and organizing information, and documenting student learning.  It is very affordable – costing only the price of a few file folders, some paper and crayons, and your local library card.

Children who thrive with Notebooking:

  • love to follow their own interests
  • enjoy delving deep into an area of interest and exploring it more fully than their peers
  • have an interest in demonstrating or expanding their creativity
  • often enjoy hobbies or interests on their own
  • do not need to prove mastery of skills through written tests
  • are pleased with a tangible record of their achievements

More about the Notebooking Method –

Homeschool Notebooking – lots of free printables

HomeHearts – great ideas on how to use specific subjects in notebooking

The Homeschool House – a glimpse at how one homeschool mom successfully incorporates notebooking into their yearly schedule

Looking for other Homeschool methods? 

Try these other styles in my series:


Charlotte Mason

Unit Studies

Classical Method