A Journey Through Learning is a home-based company created by
two homeschooling moms, Paula Winget and Nancy Fileccia. They have
developed numerous lapbooks and unit studies covering the following
subjects: Science, History, Social Studies, Government, Holiday,
Seasonal, Bible, Family, Early Learning, and Literature. I had
never used a lapbook before, so I was excited and nervous about
receiving Amphibians Lapbook with Study Guide to review.
To my surprise, it was a fun and easy learning experience for
both me and my children. This product is for grades 2-7 and includes
everything you need to complete a three-folder lapbook for one
student (if using the printed version, which costs $21.00). The
instructions for assembling the lapbook are wonderful. They take
you step by step, with color pictures and easy-to-understand instructions.
Also included are instructions for how to make the different folds,
how to use the study guide and mini-booklets, and how to put the
different elements into the lapbook.
This lapbook can be tailored to your own child and homeschool
environment. The study guides for each topic are one page long
and can be used alone or as a jumping off point for digging deeper.
There is a small book list if you want more information on a topic.
Depending on the age of your child, you may want to add in some
additional reading. I found the study guides to be very thorough;
however, there may be places where your child has trouble understanding
a concept or wants more information than what is provided. The
following topics are covered:
- What are amphibians?
- The defense mechanisms of amphibians
- The order of amphibians
- The life cycle of a frog
- What is a food chain?
- The amphibian food chain
- Amphibian habitats
- The amazing world of tadpoles!
- The diet of frogs and toads
- The characteristics of frogs and toads
- What are frogs?
- What are toads?
- How are frogs and toads different?
- What are salamanders?
- What are Caecilians?
The packet also includes four optional enrichment pages. Your
child can keep track of the books he reads with the Book Log. Nick
Notes helps your child organize information from the study guide.
(Older children can use the Outline Form.) There are two different
forms for narrations; one has a space for a picture, while the
other just has lines.
Overall I really enjoyed using Amphibians Lapbook with Study
Guide. It was as open and go as a lapbook could be! Everything
was right there ready to be cut and pasted into the lapbook.
The graphics were amazing and included actual pictures and clip
art throughout. When we want to do another lapbook, A Journey
Through Learning is the place we will look.