Knights and Castles
Astronomy and Outer Space
A Journey Through Learning provided me with four different lapbooks – Letters, Numbers and Shapes (ages 3-5), The Earth (grades 1-4), Knights and Castles (grades 2-7), and Astronomy and Space (grades 2-7). All are available for $13.00 as an instant download, there are other ways to order them as well).
in our case, my son chose to do knights and castles and it very much was NOT a good fit. He needed to take a break from doing it, before he was up to choosing a different one. We did manage to complete some of it, and may give it a go when he's a bit older...
This is where it was SO NICE to have at hand each of the lapbooks so we could give them a thorough going over.
It took five days of thinking and of looking them over, but he decided that Astronomy and Space was where it was at.
I am appreciating how my son is asking questions and wanting to know more, and THAT is what I most appreciate about this particular lapbook. Does the lad do the drawing asked of him? No. He's a realist when it comes to drawing REAL things...and he asked "Mom, how can I draw the universe when it's bigger than anything, so you can't even take a picture of it?" He had a point...so when he told me "I can't draw it", I believed him. I'm not into asking for the impossible. :)
Now you might wonder...just how DOES one do a lapbook? AJTL actually has a page devoted to teaching you how to do a lapbook. You can find that here. You can do the filefolder method, I don't.
I've done ONE lapbook using filefolders taped/glued/folded and said this simply isn't for me. What I do is put lapbook materials onto cardstock and simply three hole punch them and place them into a binder. By doing this, we can add to the study later if we want. Most lapbook have a topic per page, so adding additional information over time is quite easy.
What I would LOVE to see, or have as an option, was right in the pages of the study was some links to good sites so I wouldn't have to spend time searching for links to Stars and comets and questions people ask about the universe and such like. :) I recognize the nature of the internet is that sites disappear, links get broken so doing that might be a challenge, but it would add to the bounty that is in the Astronomy and Space unit.
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