Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ An Overview of the 20th Century from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

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Over the past few weeks, Michael and Therese have been working through An Overview of the 20th Century from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks. They have discovered famous people, important events, and battles fought from the 20th century! This was a perfect addition to our history curriculum.

A Journey Through Learning
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks is a company created by two homeschooling moms. Paula Winget and Nancy Fileccia discussed the lack of good quality resources for homeschoolers over dinner one night. Their conversation lead to the creation of A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks. Their company now offers homeschooling families a variety of resources on a wide range of topics. They have lapbooks that cover stand alone topics (history, art, music, geography), curriculum lapbooks for Classical Conversations, Apologia's Science, 4-H), unit studies, copywork, and notebooking pages. They have a wonderful selection and truly offer homeschooling families a wonderful resource!


Overview of 20th Century Lapbook with Study Guide

For this review, we received a download version of the lapbook An Overview of the 20th Century. Parents have an option to buy an instant download for $8.00 or a printed book for $18.00. This lapbook guide is recommended for students in 2nd-7th grade.

History Lapbooks

An Overview of the 20th Century Learning Lapbook and Study Guide from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks covers a wide selection of topics from the 20th century.
  • Henry Ford
  • Panama canal
  • Suffrage
  • The Wright Brothers
  • World War 1
  • Charles Lindbergh 
  • Roaring 20's
  • The Great Depression
  • Hoover Dam 
  • World War 2
  • Propaganda
  • Life in the 50's
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • First Man on the Moon
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War
  • Y2K
  • 20th Century Technology 

Students will learn about these topics and a few more. Each booklet the students works on comes with a full page of information about the particular topic.So for example, if the students are creating a matchbook about The Wright Brothers, they will have a full page to read all about these famous brothers. Of course additional reading materials are suggested for even more studies. 

Hands-On Learning

A Journey Through Learning

History Lapbook

The project page gives instructions on how to create the book for the lapbook and even has a diagram to show students were to place it in the lapbooks. No confusion. Simple and easy!

20th Century American History

The lapbook offers a variety of hands-on learning. Students will create booklets, complete puzzles, fill in a few blanks, answer questions, try new recipes, label maps, and have opportunities to draw a few works of art.

In addition to the lapbook, the students are given a few more ideas for even more learning!  Students can keep track of the books they have read with the book log. A worksheet is included on writing a biography book report.

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

 To help with note taking and book reports, the study guide includes a NICK note taking worksheet and a worksheet with an outline. These pages are great for students who are learning the importance of good note taking skills or students who may need some additional help...like my two!

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

The study guide also has narration worksheets included for younger and older students. This is a great way to check and see if your students are retaining information they read or if they understand what they have read.
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

American History

 Another worksheet included in the study guide is a page to help students write a report about the wars they learned about. This is a worksheet my kids will definitely be using once we reach the wars of the 20th century.
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks


So What Did We Think of An Overview of the 20th Century Lapbook?

So far, we have enjoyed working through the lapbook. We have used it at a slower pace since we are working through the projects as we cover them in our history class. These small, yet simple projects, add an extra bit of learning to the kids lessons. I think they help  Michael and Therese learn a little more and even learn something new we may not have talked about in class. The hands-on learning helps with boredom and gives them something fun to do with their history lessons.
The lapbook and study guide comes with all the information you will need. A complete list of supplies is provided and very detailed instructions on how to create and put your lapbook together are included.
Homeschool Hands-On Learning

Younger students will need assistance (moms may chose to prepare the lapbook before hand), but older students should be able to work through it on their own with very little help or no help at all. I actually chose to put together the file folders for me kids. I wanted things ready to go for their use. When creating your lapbooks, students and parents may chose to place all the books in the folders at one time and then cover the material. Another option, the one we chose to do, is to create the books and place them in the folders as they go over the topics.  

My only complaint about the lapbook is that they have nothing mentioning the Korean War. With grandparents that fought in this war, I feel that this is an important war for my kids to learn about. I'll probably create small book to add to their lapbooks for this war. Otherthan that we have really enjoyed working through this lapbook and study guide. I'm sure your kids will too!

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The other crew members reviewed a few of the other products offered from A Journey Through Learning. Stop by and see what they thought about The Greatest Inventors, Apologia Elementary Science Lapbooks, Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Junior Activity Book, and the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Book.
Lapbooks for Classical Conversations, Apologia, Inventors & 20th Century {A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks Reviews}


Till Next Time,
Monique


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Saint Thomas Moore

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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After our relaxing days at the ranch it was time to start heading back east! We still have a few places to visit before we arrived home though.

Our next stop was the Theodore Roosevelt National Park! 



This is the least visited park! It's a little out of the way, but it has a wonderful visitors center and you can see Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin! 



It was raining that day, so the sky was cloudy and overcast.
Thanks to the rain, we didn't see any animals.


The fall foliage was pretty to see though.





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Monique

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Saint Claire of Assisi

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Dear Homeschool Mom......

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Dear Homeschool Mom.....

Welcome to the world of homeschooling! It can be exciting, thrilling, lonely, and frightening. Each day will bring a new adventure. It's not as easy or as hard as people make it out to be. Some days will go smoothly, while others days will feel like the train has derailed off the track. But that's O.K., everything will work out.

I'm going to let you in on a few secrets that we have in this little world of homeschooling.
We are not perfect. We make mistakes. If we want to look for someone that is perfect than we better head to church and gaze upon Jesus on the Cross.

We don't have all the answers. We are extremely grateful for Google and the library.

We don't have an unending supply of patience. All you have to do is ask my kids and they will quickly tell you that I can turn into the wicked witch of the west on our bad days. Some days it's just best to stop and do something educational but fun!

We worry about everything...are the kids learning, are we using the right curriculum, are they keeping up with their peers, do they have friends, are they getting enough socialization, are we harming them by keeping them home, will they succeed in college, will they succeed in life, will they grow up and be faithful adults, will they be able to function in the "real" world...the list goes on and on. We all have fears. Even moms who send their kids to school have fears. We just need to let go of fear and trust God.

"Pray, hope, and don't worry."
      ~Saint Padre Pio


We buy curriculum and then change our minds. Many of us have piles of books that we've been barely used. The great thing is that there is always someone looking for curriculum and the chances are pretty high that you'll be able to pass it onto someone else.

Everyone of us has certain fears and concerns. It's only naturally.
Didn't we feel the same way when we brought them home?

We still have one thing in common...We love our kids and want what is best for them. If we don't lose sight of that we will do fine. Will me make mistakes? You bet we will, but those mistakes will be made out of love. Love makes everything better.



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Monique

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Homeschooling Outside the Home

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Whenever you meet someone new and they find out you homeschool, they always ask about socialization. It's kind of funny, because we have never found that too be a problem. In fact,we have found homeschooling to be even more social then school. In years past, we have been part of co-ops, support groups, sports, scouts, etc. There were years we were so busy that schooling actually was rather difficult. As the years have progressed, we've gotten a little wiser. We now limit some of outside commitments in order to get all our school work done. But don't worry, the kids still get out and socialize with people.


This year the kids are participating in our Catholic homeschool support group. This group will provide the kids with field trips, social events, parties for feast days, and options to attend Mass. Both kids are in our churches religious education classes and youth group. The are taking a Founding Fathers class about our government with a mom from our church. Therese will participate in her St. Zita's home ec. club again this year. I'm co-leading the club again this year. A new group for us this year is 4H. We have a homeschool 4H groups that was just started in our area, so we joined. We'll see how it goes. This past summer Therese volunteered at our local library and has decided to continue this year. Michael has decided to offer his service too. On top of all that, we'll still get together with friends when we can.


It looks like a busy year already. I love when the kids are involved in the outside world. It teaches them how to interact with people of all ages. They learn valuable life skills and will learn from the other adults they come in contact with.




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Monique

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Keeping Everything On Track While Homeschooling

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Are you a planner? Or do you just go with the swing of things? I will admit I'm a planner. I love to have everything planned out when it comes to or homeschooling lessons. Each year, around March, I start planning for the next year. I spend the next few months planning the courses, books, and projects the kids will use and work on.

For me planning is fun. We don't use an all-in-one boxed curriculum. Years ago, when we started homeschooling, I never found a set curriculum that worked for us. Since nothing seemed to work for I use, I set out and created our own. I've been doing for so long now that it just second nature to me. I love the freedom it gives me and the kids.

So where do I begin? 

First, I start with the basics. Math, English, and Religion. These three are a must and we don't change too often in our course with these subjects. I consider them the easy subjects to plan. History and science are next. This is were I'm always looking for ideas. Science I'm always looking for a curriculum that the kids will enjoy and in an area of science they want to learn about. I have two science loving kids, so this subject is a big deal for us. For history, we use a classical approach. History takes a lot of planning! Books, projects, movies, reports, etc. all need to be planned out. This takes the longest to plan and I tend to over plan...I'd recommend not doing that. It can be rather stressful if you plan too much.  After planning the core subjects, I start on the electives. Here is were the kids have some say in what they want to study. I always try to include a few classes they want to learn and are of interest to them. Once everything is decided then I move on to planning the lessons and getting everything organized.

To plan out my lessons this year, I am using an online planner from Homeschool Planner. In the past, I used to use spreadsheets to plan everything and then I'd copy the lesson onto a paper planner. I would copy a few weeks at a time. I never wrote the lessons too far ahead or I'd end of having to erase and change the schedule when we missed a lesson or fell behind in a subject.




Now that the kids are older, I wanted a easier way to plan, a way to keep track of their grades, and a way to create a transcript for them. Homeschool Planet allows me to do that. Not only can I plan their lessons, I can add outside activities to the schedule and I get email reminders of everything planned for that day It's made life so easy! The more I use it, the more I like it.





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Monique

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our Must Have School Supplies

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As we head into our 10th year homeschooling, we learned a few things along the way. Over the years, we had a few school supplies that we love and are now considered a MUST have!

1. Pencils....not just any kind of pencils. We love Ticonderoga pencils. They are truly the best pencils. They sharpen well and the points don't keep breaking when you sharpen them. The erasers are great and actually erase! Forget the cute pencils...these are a must have in our house.



2. Binders.... We use a combination of plain binders (white & colored) and fashion binders that they kids get to pick out. I always try to allow them to pick a few school supplies they will enjoy using. Since we don't really get to do the full back to school shopping, I always let the kids pick out a few supplies they would like to use.

The fashion binders are used for our more simpler subjects like religion and poetry. We use the heavier, sturdier binders for science and history. We don't want the binder to fall apart during the year. Our favorite binders for science and history are the ones from Staples. They hold up well and we've been able to reuse them for a few years now.



3. Paper.....All kinds of paper is needed! Construction paper, computer paper (white & colored), card-stock, art paper, and lined loose leaf paper fill our shelves. We do a lot of notebooking and lapbooking so we love having a variety of paper to choose from.



4. Printer....A printer is a must have for us. 




We've had our Canon printer for at least 4 or 5 years now. It has lasted a long time, works well, and the ink is reasonably priced. My only complaint now is I can't find the ink at our local Walmart anymore. Thank goodness for Amazon. I can order ink and have it delivered the next day.


5. Notebooks.....The kids have a variety of notebooks to use for their subjects. Math, English, reports (for note taking), etc. The kids get to pick out all notebooks, except the few that Grandma sends for them. She still enjoys shopping for school supplies, even though this mama has been out of school for 25 years! We have dogs, owls, animals, sports, cars, camo, etc. They get to express their interests and likes. 
For preteens and teens....




Therese has a few of these. since she is an animal lover....



Michael chose car this year....

 

6. Colored Pencils....We the kids were younger we bought Crayola colored pencils. 



We found that they worked well and colored evenly. We still use them for map work and simple projects in our school subjects. 
As the kids have gotten older, I've purchased better quality colored pencils for their art projects.  




7. Quality Art Supplies.....Now that Michael and Therese are older, we can experiment with a wider variety of media in art. I now keep quality paint (acrylic, watercolor, oil), paper (painting, charcoal, mixed media, watercolor), pastels (chalk and oil), charcoal, drawing pencils, etc. Creating master pieces is a whole lot easier when you are using good quality materials.

8. Pencil Sharpener....We have gone through quite a few electric pencil sharpeners. They last a few years (if we are lucky). Our current electric sharpener was one we found at Staples on clearance.

It's lasted for few years, so it has been a great one. We now have a back-up in our house. When my grandfather passed away, we were passed down an old fashion hand crank metal pencil sharpener. I'm not sure how old it is, but it works great! All I know is that it is heavy duty and made in the USA.




9.Good Quality Literature....I love filling our shelves with great books. I prefer the classics. We search used book stores, thrift stores, our library's used book sale, and online sites like thriftbooks.com. You can never have too many books!




10. Coffee, Coffee,Coffee..... This is a must have for this mama! My favorite is Green Mountain Breakfast blend. Do you have a favorite? I'd love to hear about it. I love trying new blends!






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Monique

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