We have been working through The Greatest Inventors Lapbook with Study Guide, published by A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks. This is one of many lapbooks they offer and one of several we have done in our homeschool through the years. A Journey Through Learning was founded by 2 friends, Nancy Fileccia and Paula Winget when they recognized a lack of hands-on activities that covered their favorite homeschool subjects. Convinced by their husbands to make their own materials, A Journey Through Learning was born and they now offer a wide variety of fun, high quality lapbooks, binder builders, and unit studies in many different topics! We were so excited to be given a digital download of The Greatest Inventors to complete.
What is lapbooking all about?
In homeschool circles "lapbooking" is very popular! A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks refers to lapbooking as "educational scrapbooking." Using file folders and printable cutouts the child assembles the lapbook creating a wonderful learning opportunity and a lovely keepsake of their study. You can become more familiar with lapbooking by watching this video on the What Is Lapbooking section of A Journey Through Learning's website! Once we started lapbooking we were hooked and have completed several over the last few years. A Journey Through Learning makes lapbooking simple with step-by-step instructions to guide you through each component.
What We Thought of The Greatest Inventors Lapbook:
We love science and we love history so we were pretty excited to review a study of The Greatest Inventors Lapbook with Study Guide which combined these two favorite subjects! This was our first time creating a lapbook that came with an accompanying study guide and we found it to be really beneficial to our study! The lapbook packet includes a one-page spread on each inventor allowing for you to read and fill in the components of the lapbook patterns. We studied a LOT of inventors including: Johannes Gutenberg, Benjamin Franklin, The Wright Brothers, John Deer, Louis Braille, Eastman and Marconi, DaVinci, Galileo, Edison, and several more! We also focused in on what defines an invention and coming up with an invention idea of your own! In addition to the lapbooking components, the packet also includes detailed assembly instructions with a map of pattern placement, a recommended schedule for completion & tips for various study choices, itemized list of needed supplies, a bibliography, suggested book list for additional reading, book log and extra notebooking & report pages!
This was a one-stop shop for a complete unit study. We were impressed by its simplicity and educational value. The instructions were clear enough that both girls, working together, assembled the lapbook with no adult help.
You can see sample pages of The Greatest Inventors lapbook here.
I do want to share a few more of my favorite things about A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks!
While they offer a wide sweep of lapbooking unit studies and topics, they offer note booking & journaling pages and copywork, plus this is one of the few companies that offers curriculum specific lapbooks designed to match up to your favorite curriculum! Apologia! Berean Builders! Classical Conversations! 4-H! And a whole lot more!
They also offer great Express Lapbooks that can be completed in just one week using a single folder! There are SO many varieties and types of lapbooks and they are all SO good!
Just to give you a small idea of our love, here are the lapbooks that we, prior to this review, have completed in our homeschool!
Prairie Primer - Binder Builder
Classical Conversations Cycle 1 and 3
Science in the Beginning - Binder Builder
My girls enjoy lapbooking!
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