Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks Review

This year will be our second year participating in Classical Conversations. We have really come to love the Classical model of homeschooling, and enjoy having the support and community that come with this program. While Classical Conversations is designed to not need much supplementing, I am always on the lookout for fun things to enhance our learning. We recently received the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Book from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks to try out, and I’m really excited about the possibilities!

Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Learning Activity Book Weeks 1-24

Created by homeschool moms Paula Winget and Nancy Fileccia, A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks offers a great variety of stand alone lapbooks, as well as professional quality lapbooks for well known programs from Jeannie Fulbright/Apologia science, Jay Wile Science, TruthQuest History, Geography Matters, A History of Us, Diana Waring Presents, and more.

The Classical Conversations Activity Book line includes supplements for Cycle 1, Cycle 2, and Cycle 3. The Classical Conversations Activity Books come in a Junior format for grades K-2, and one for grades 3-6. There are downloadable products as well as a printed option, so no matter your preference they’ve got you covered. A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks is not affiliated with Classical Conversations, but Classical Conversations has endorsed their products. These are not meant to be stand alone books, you will still need the Classical Conversations guide to use them.


What We Thought:
There’s a great intro video that explains in detail how to use the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Book. For the downloadable version, I just printed all the pages and three hole punched them to put them in a binder. For each week, there is a history sentence copy work page, a history notebooking page,a page for the memory work sentences in Latin, Science, and English with fun graphics, a science notebooking page, a fine arts page, and a geography page. Our Classical Conversations community hasn’t started yet for the year, but as soon as it does, we plan on using the pages as suggested in the video.

On the first day after community day, which is a Wednesday for us, I will put the pages into a plastic sheet protector so that we can reuse them all week. On Wednesday through Friday, Francesca will use a dry erase marker to fill out the pages. On Monday we’ll remove the pages from the sheet protector and she’ll fill them out one more time. This completed sheet will stay in the binder, so that at the end of the year we have a fun and creative way to look back at all the things she’s learned.

Before we discovered this gem of a book, we would go through the memory work each day and she would just practice saying the sentences aloud. I think the addition of a place to write all the facts each day is going to be a great way to help her cement all of the facts and really retain all of the information. I think this is a great tool and I’m going to recommend this activity book to all of my Classical Conversation friends!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Greek ‘n’ Stuff Review

A daily part of our homeschool day is to spend time in God’s word, usually with a Bible curriculum, sometimes without. I find that it really helps us all focus and sets our hearts in the right place when we start our day reading the Bible and praying. Now that Katie is 13, I thought it would be a good time for her to start spending some time in the Word on her own. I was happy to receive the NIV version of I Can Study Jonah & Ruth Alone With God (13 Week Study) from Greek 'n' Stuff for her to try out!

Alone With GodBible Study
Jonah & RuthNew International Version

Written by Karen Mohs, I Can Study Jonah & Ruth Alone With God was written for the middle to upper elementary age group, is thirteen weeks long, and is a consumable workbook meant to be used by one person. Each lesson has six parts, one lesson for each day of the week, Monday through Saturday. The first five lessons cover Jonah, and the last eight cover Ruth. There is a memory verse for each lesson, as well as questions to go along with the days reading, and a “Think and Pray About It” section.

The lessons are structured the same each day. First, you begin with prayer, asking God for help in studying His Word. On Monday you get the scripture for the week. Tuesday through Saturday the instructions say to read or recite the memory verse. There are questions each day for the verses for the week, so I think it would be helpful to read the entire section daily, in addition to working on the memory verse. There are boxes with thought provoking questions scattered throughout, and on the last day of the week there is the “Think and Pray About It” question. These are great questions to really mull over, and to ask God how you can apply them to your life.
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What We Thought:

Katie has really been enjoying this study! She grabs her Bible every day and just sits somewhere quiet and works through it. Although Jonah and Ruth are both books she knows well, it has been good for her to read through them again, with the questions giving her things to think about that she may not have considered before. She likes that it isn’t a big time commitment every day, and yet she still is getting something good from it.

I think the format is great. Having prayer time to ask God for help studying His word as a box to check off is a good reminder for a young person to take that time to talk to Him before beginning. I like that the questions are a combination of text specific questions, and thoughtful “what would you do/ what do you think” types of questions. I like that there are also tidbits of background information included, like the writer of the book, or information about the setting and time period. Overall I think this is a solid Bible study, and will be looking into other books in the Alone With God series when Katie finishes this one.

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