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.
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 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
- Interesting Things About Fall
- Migrating Birds (swallow, hawk, goose,
- Back to School
- Fall Maze
- Describing Autumn
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
- Trees in Autumn
- Leaf Rubbings
- Answer Key
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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