We recently had the opportunity to review The Greatest Inventors lapbook from A Journey Through Learning. What a fun way to study history!
Now I will admit that my kids are not huge fans of lapbooks. They have never been. Generally we do things a little different at our house. We have had the opportunity to use several of the wonderful lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning. You might ask, "Why keep returning to A Journey Through Learning if your kids do not like lapbooks?" .... Because I love the materials provided!!
The kids and I generally use learning notebooks, instead of the typical file folders that make up lapbooks. A Journey Through Learning provides parents and students with wonderfully written research material. To be honest, unless you are really wanting your child to write extra research reports, the material that is provided in A Journey Through Learning lapbooks is just right for children with short attention spans. It's thorough, but not overwhelming. Depending on who they were reading about that day, I didn't actually bother to even check out a bunch of extra library books. I would look up a short kid's documentary video to go along with the person they were reading about that day and between our reading and the video, we were set.
The Greatest Inventors lapbook that we reviewed was available in a PDF format. The file was very easily downloaded and opened quickly on my computer. That was the most prep that I had, other than printing out the materials that we would be using.
The Greatest Inventors lapbook contains a wide variety of great inventors to study.
This list of historical legends cover a wide list of inventors and modern conveniences that we take for granted. There are actually 18 inventors that you could study. You could easily spend just a week studying these individuals quickly or spread them out over a more extended period and study each inventor indepth and look up some extra hands-on activities and/or videos to go with each. We chose the route of letting the boys do more extensive research and Caty only using the materials that are provided by A Journey Through Learning.
If you chose to go the lapbook route, A Journey Through Learning makes sure to include full instructions on how to create the lapbook and add each of the elements.
Components of the lapbook can be printed in black and white or color. It's your choice. We have done pieces both ways, it usually depend son the ink levels in the printer at that time. But to be honest, the color pieces do look much better if you are creating a book that your student will be referring back to in their studies.
We will continue to work on The Greatest Inventors lapbook, and can't wait to use more products from A Journey Through Learning. Their materials make my lesson planning so much easier since I really need to just choose a topic, then print and go!
I cannot recommend A Journey Through Learning to fellow homeschoolers a lot. They are one of my favorite resources for lapooks and "unit" study materials.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review various products from A Journey Through Learning. Visit the link below to see how they enjoyed these products.