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Autumn Lapbook, Activities and Review {A Journey Through Learning}

Autumn

As a member of the Homeschool Crew, I received some lapbooks to review for A Journey Through Learning. The Autumn Lapbook caught my eye right away and we have had a lot of fun with it. Here are a few of the activities we did during the first week of Autumn. Following the activities, I share the finished lapbook and my review.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

We hunted and found several of the items on the list as well as a few cool finds not on the list. The long green bean looking pod was new to us. We talked about our neat finds and also which berries were poisonous and which were safe to eat.

Changing Leaves


During our hunt, I had the kids look for signs of fall and collect the various colors of changing leaves that we talked about in the study ~ green, yellow, orange, red and brown.
We looked for other signs of fall.

Pumpkins

We all agreed that pumpkins was a sure sign of fall. We bought a sugar pie pumpkin, baked it and toasted the seeds. We plan to make a few pumpkin recipes to include in a section of the lapbook.


To toast the seeds, we washed and dried them (using a hair dryer) and added them to a mixture of 4 T melted butter, 2 t worshestershirce sauce and 1 t garlic salt. Then we spread them on a baking sheet and toasted them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes while the pumpkin baked.

Building a Bird Nest



During our scavenger hunt, we also collected items from a list to make a birds nest. We collected willow twigs, strands of hay and grass, cotton balls, string, drier lint and I threw in some raw wool. We used the items to construct a bird nest and then placed it in the willow tree out front so we could watch it through the window.

The Lapbook

Working together.

Cover

Page 1


Page 2

Page 3

The Autumn Lapbook comes complete with a Study Guide and encourages fun hands on activities (as seen above).

Sections of the lapbook include:
  • Lapbook Instructions
  • What is Autumn?
  • Why do Leaves Change Color?
  • Foods of Autumn
  • My Fall Recipes
  • The First Thanksgiving
  • Autumn Joke!
  • Fall Vocabulary Words
  • Symbols of Autumn
  • My Favorite Nature Items
  • Building A Bird Nest
  • A Day Outside in Autumn
  • Migrating South
  • Helping the Birds
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Labor Day
  • Grandparent’s Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Interesting Things About Fall
  • Migrating Birds (swallow, hawk, goose,
  • martin)
  • Back to School
  • Fall Maze
  • Describing Autumn
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Trees in Autumn
  • Leaf Rubbings
  • Answer Key
The study guide was very easy to follow and the lapbook was full of color and graphics. I did not find an "Answer Key," but I did find some additional resources at the end of the lapbook guide, such as suggested readings, notebooking and note taking pages for younger and older students.
The Autumn Lapbook is available and priced as:
  • Instant download: $13
  • CD: $14
  • Printed: $21
I received the Instant Download to review. Because this is a full color lapbook, it does require a lot of ink to print. I can never tell how much it costs me ink-wise, though, because I print a lot of things. So, I can't say whether the instant download, cd or printed version would be better economically - it really depends on your printer and the cost of your ink.

The website says it is for grades PreK-7th and the cover says 2nd - 7th. I found it was very easy to include my 4 year old in with the activities and a few mini books.

My favorite thing about this lapbook was all of the hands on activities. If there was one thing that I would change about it (and will for our family) is to include the Fall Feasts of God, the Biblical Holidays, including the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. These holidays are more important to us than any of the holidays mentioned in the study. I assembled the lapbook as instructed, but will simply turn that book around and write in the holidays that are important to us. We also received The Parables of a King, Desert, Reptiles, and Amphibians lapbooks to review. I chose to complete the Autumn lapbook because this is the perfect time of year for it, but I think the other lapbooks are a great addition to our collection of homeschool resources. Viewing the samples and a complete list of products is a great way to see more of what A Journey Through Learning has to offer.
 
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8 comments

Rebecca said...

Wow, what an AWESOME lapbook!! I will def have to make this down the road when my kids are older!

Andi said...

Looks Great and I totally agree about the Biblical Feasts - and how important they are....what a great addition indeed!

Susana said...

This is an awesome lapbook. Your leaves are so pretty--ours haven't even turned yet. Hopefully they will begin with some cooler weather this week.

I LOVE the birds' nest!

Sheri said...

Nice. I like their stuff (well from what I have seen via bloggersville) but I do have their dinosaur one (which we will tie into the GPS review b/cuz they have a dino find and so, being the person that I am-I need to work that in somehow-LOL)...
Nice review. Did any birds take over your nest?

FM Sheri

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

I like it. Very well-rounded. I don't think I'll buy the download, but I do love the ideas. I am stealing them right now! LOL
Thank you for inspiration.

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is a pretty big lapbook and thanks for such a thorough review of it. The scavenger hunt looks like a lot of fun. You are lucky to live in the place where you can find all those things. We are currently hunting for dandelions :)

Janet (Latte Lady) said...

That looks like a good one! We'll be doing it later. We did the Amphibians Lapbook and liked it too!

Can I ask you a question? How do you do your pictures? They look so good when you put several together.

Janet

Tara said...

Fun and pretty!