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P is for Planets and Pinterest!

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We enjoy using the Express lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning as mini-unit studies. Sometimes it is nice to take a short break and incorporate a quick lapbook project. The Express lapbooks can be completed within 1-2 days and they only require one folder.

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This week, one project we have added in our science studies is the Planets Express Lapbook. The lapbook includes a mini-study guide covering the planets in our solar system.

You can check out the sample pages.

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We are learning facts about:

  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • Neptune

In addition to this quick lapbook project, we are expanding our studies with a few learning adventures on Pinterest!

We have a few educational websites and activities saved on our Astronomy Board.

Here is an interesting video on the monthly night sky.

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This is a fun Solar System trading card game.

We are enjoying the Solar System 101 interactive activities at NASA.

Are you studying astronomy topics this year? What are your favorite resources?

Happy Homeschooling!

Sharra Badgley is the Marketing and Promotions Manager at A Journey Through Learning. Sharra’s family make their home in Central Indiana near Indianapolis. She is celebrating her 15th year of homeschooling. You can visit her at her blog The Homeschool Marm.

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Uncensored Science: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham DVD

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“Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” This DVD features Bill Nye and Ken Ham debating one of the biggest questions concerning the scientific community today.

Publisher Description:

(DVD starts shipping February 15. Digital downloads available beginning February 6.)

Debate topic: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”

Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by popular TV personality and Evolution apologist Bill Nye.

Ham, a former science instructor who emigrated to the USA from Australia over 25-years ago, is joined by the popular children’s program personality Bill Nye “The Science Guy” for this first and only-scheduled debate. Each man delivers what he believes is the best information available, then has an opportunity for rebuttal, and then answers questions submitted by the audience.

Presented in a packed 900 seat auditorium, this event sold out in the first 2-minutes of online ticketing, and includes an audience of Christians and non-Christians, creationists and atheists. This DVD (and the associated digital download) documents the actual, uncut statements, arguments, and reactions of these two leading spokesmen. You will understand the worldviews of each proponent, and those whom they represent, better than ever before.

Order for your family to view again and again, and get extras to give to friends and loved ones who may not understand the foundational issues behind this extremely important topic! Order in bulk at our extra-special “outreach special” prices. Limited time!

Pre-Order DVD: $19.99 (affiliate link)

 

O is for Olympics 2014 in Sochi

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Are you gearing up for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

We are so excited to watch some of our favorite sporting events! We are in the process of organizing a mini-unit study that we can work on during the Winter Olympics.

The basis of our mini-unit study is the Winter Olympics 2014 Lapbook with Study Guide.

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This 3-folder lapbook includes 58 pages of hands-on learning.

Folder 1 covers the history of the Olympics.

Folder 2 covers the 2014 Olympics- dates, symbols, logo. mascots, winter games, Russia, a Winter Olympics word search, and more.

Folder 3 includes a booklet for every event in the Olympics. Within each book, we will log which country wins the Gold Medal!

You can see a sample here.

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Our friend, Lynn Schott of Founders Academy is hosting a Winter Olympic History online class on Thursday, January 30th. This class will be fun for the whole family to attend!

The mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics are adorable! Have you seen them yet? The polar bear is our favorite.

We are going to use mobile apps to follow the games.

We are making a few crafts to celebrate the Winter Olympics.

Here are a few additional easy crafts that we are going to do for fun.

Olympic Rings

Olympic Torch Scissor Skills

Olympic Laurel

We are saving a few of our favorite ideas on our Winter Olympics Pinterest board.

What are you doing to celebrate the 2014 Winter Olympics? We would love to hear your ideas!

Happy Homeschooling!

Sharra Badgley is the Marketing and Promotions Manager at A Journey Through Learning. Sharra’s family make their home in Central Indiana near Indianapolis. She is celebrating her 15th year of homeschooling. You can visit her at her blog The Homeschool Marm.

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H is for History Revealed by Diana Waring – Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries

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This year in history, our family is using the wonderful Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries in Diana Waring’s History Revealed curriculum. We are exploring history from the Roman Empire AD 30 to the French Revolution AD 1799 and what a journey we are having!

Are you familiar with this dynamic, multidisciplinary curriculum? You can preview free samples at Diana’s website!

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We are so excited that A Journey Through Learning has just released a brand-new Binder-Builder to correspond with Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries!

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This corresponding Binder-Builder by AJTL is a fusion of notebooking and lapbooking. A Binder-Builder is a new name for an old concept! It is simply taking a 3-ring binder and colored cardstock and turning it into a wonderful showcase of your student’s learning year!

Are you familiar with Binder-Builders? You can watch this video for an introduction!

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Our daughter is 11 years old and is working at the middle school level. She enjoys working on Binder-Builders as they provide the hands-on work of lapbooking with the reports, creative writing assignments, and artwork of notebooking.

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The Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries curriculum by Diana Waring is divided into nine units. The corresponding Binder-Builder by AJTL covers all nine units. The layout for the Binder-Builder includes an information sheet for each of the nine units and a set of mini-books to be completed.

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Rather than the mini-books being placed inside of a file folder as a lapbook, they are affixed to cardstock and included in the Binder-Builder.

In addition to the main unit pages, the Binder-Builder includes nine additional topics that are included in tabbed sections.

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The tabbed sections include:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Books
  • Important Figures
  • Music
  • Science
  • Creativity
  • CD
  • and Timeline

The individual tabbed sections includes notebooking worksheet pages to correlate with each of the nine units. For example, the Architecture tab includes nine total notebooking worksheet pages to be completed over the nine units of the curriculum.

We began our Binder-Builder with simple tabbed cardstock pages, but our daughter wants to expand these sections and include her own artwork on the tabbed sections. We love that with a Binder-Builder you can keep things simple or expand your creativity as much as you would like!

At the end of the year, we look forward to seeing our jumbo Binder-Builder full of all that our daughter has documented!

Do you enjoy lapbooking, notebooking, and using Binder-Builders to document your historical studies?

Happy Homeschooling!

Sharra Badgley is the Marketing and Promotions Manager at A Journey Through Learning. Sharra’s family make their home in Central Indiana near Indianapolis. She is celebrating her 15th year of homeschooling. You can visit her at her blog The Homeschool Marm.

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C is for Classical Conversations

This week we are exploring C is for Classical Conversations!

Are you familiar with this unique classical education program that meets in communities all across the U.S. and even the world?

Nancy Fileccia and Paula Winget, owners of A Journey Through Learning, along with their families, are part of a Classical Conversations campus that meets in Shreveport, Louisiana. Each week they gather together with other homeschooling families to participate in a learning community.

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At the Foundations level of Classical Conversations, students learn new memory work each week in a community setting.

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Nancy’s son Cameron continues his studies at home by practicing his memory work in the Learning Activity Book by A Journey Through Learning.*

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Written for students in the Classical Conversations Cycle 2 program, this Learning Activity Book:

  • provides a place for students to practice, review, and record memory work.
  • is a helpful tool for mom and one that will enhance your student’s learning experience.
  • covers memory work for the entire 24 week term.

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Each week contains the follow pages:

Memory Sentence Fill-In Page for English, Latin, Science, and Math- This page can be used for 4 days of practicing the memory sentences.

History Sentence Copywork Page-Student uses this page to write out the History Sentence.

History Notebooking Page- Student uses this page to take notes about the History lesson.

Science Notebooking Page-Student uses this page to take notes about Science lesson.

Fine Arts Page- This page will have the art lesson for the week.

Geography Page- Student uses this page to practice drawing the maps.

At the end of the school year, your child will have a wonderful resource showcasing the lessons from his/her Classical Conversations Cycle 2 program! This series is designed to complement Cycle 2 of Classical Conversations.

*You will need to own the Classical Conversations Foundations guide to complete this Learning Activity Book. Check out Classical Conversations for more information and to join a community near you! We are not affiliated with Classical Conversations in any way. However, we do love their resources and our CC community! Give CC a try today! http://www.classicalconversations.com

The Learning Activity Book is just one of many resources we have available to compliment studies in Classical Conversations.

Does your family participate in a Classical Conversations campus? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

Happy Homeschooling!

Sharra Badgley is the Marketing and Promotions Manager at A Journey Through Learning. Sharra’s family make their home in Central Indiana near Indianapolis. She is celebrating her 15th year of homeschooling. You can visit her at her blog The Homeschool Marm.

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A is for Autumn

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This week we explored seasonal studies through the Autumn Learning Lapbook with Study Guide.

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We worked on the third folder of this three-folder lapbook and a few of the topics we covered included:

  • Autumn Holidays
  • Birds of Autumn
  • Tree Identification
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt

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The hands-on learning of the lapbook complimented our nature and science of the week. Some of the outdoor activities we enjoyed with our lapbook project included:

  • taking several nature walks
  • collecting nature items
  • preparing nature items for a bird nest
  • identifying trees in our neighborhood and at our local university
  • making leaf rubbings
  • taking photos of nature scavenger hunt items
  • observing squirrels and birds

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The Nature Scavenger Hunt was a huge hit with the children!

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The children found all sorts of nature treasures to bring home.

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It was a week of exploration and adventure!

How are you enjoying autumn adventures with your children?

Happy Homeschooling!

Sharra Badgley is the Marketing and Promotions Manager at A Journey Through Learning. Sharra’s family make their home in Central Indiana near Indianapolis. She is celebrating her 15th year of homeschooling. You can visit her at her blog The Homeschool Marm.

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40% Off Harvest Sale!

Big Sale Now!

We are celebrating  20,000 “likes” on Facebook with a fabulous Harvest sale that runs from October 1-31st!

You can take 40% Off instant download products only.

This sale excludes Geography Matters resources, CD, printed, assembled, folders, or anything that is not an instant download product. Simply select your materials at our store and use discount code: HARVESTSALE

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Blessings!
Paula Winget and Nancy Fileccia

{Giveaway} Recap and Grand Prize from A Journey Through Learning and Teach Them Diligently

Thank you for joining us for our Back-To-Homeschool Celebration this evening! It was a BLAST! We had such a wonderful time of encouragement chatting with one another!

We hope you are inspired for your homeschooling year!

If you missed the party on Thursday evening, don’t worry! You can still visit the A Journey Through Learning Facebook, join the discussion threads, enter all of the great giveaways, and pick up the freebies!

We want to send a special THANK YOU to our friends and sponsors of our celebration this evening!
Diana Waring Presents
Dr. Jay Wile
A+ TutorSoft
Founders Academy
Mystery of History
Home School Adventure Co.
Teach Them Diligently
MediaAngels
Special Needs Homeschooling
Ben & Me

As a recap, you can enter all of the giveaways at the following links:
1) Diana Waring’s Encouragement Collection
2) Dr. Jay Wile’s Science in the Beginning
3) A+ TutorSoft Online Subscription
4) Young Patriot’s American History by Founders Academy
5) Mystery of History Audio Books (MP3) Volume I, II, III
6) Critical Thinking Bundle from Home School Adventure Co.

Don’t forget to pick up your Freebies!
Life on a Cowboy Ranch – A Journey Through Learning (expires midnight 8/23)
Nature Through the Seasons – Ben & Me

Would you like to receive two free lapbooks (instant downloads) from A Journey Through Learning?
Sign-up for our e-newsletter list and receive a full-size Overview of the 17th Century lapbook (instant download). Our September e-newsletter will include a free lapbook download as a special gift to all of our subscribers!

A Freebie from our friends at A+ TutorSoft:
All attendees can receive a FREE Concept-based Elementary & Middle School Multiplication CD Software ($21.99 Savings) with coupon code ajtlfreebie. Visit http://aplustutorsoft.com/SpecialOffers.do Hit the gold download button, register, and enter coupon code. The download will be emailed.

A special offer and freebie from our friends at Founders Academy:
Receive a free Constitution Celebration gift when you sign up for the Founders Academy newsletter.

A special offer and freebies from our friends at Media Angels Publishing:
Homeschool Mother’s Prayer and samples of Homeschooling with Proverbs
Plus, an amazing free set of audios – seven to download and enjoy on a various homeschool topics. Please sign up for or the Expo email list here – every time you receive an email from MediaAngels, they will get a free audio to listen to or download!

All of us at A Journey Through Learning thank our friends for participating in our Back-To-Homeschool Celebration!

Our Grand Prize giveaway is from A Journey Through Learning and Teach Them Diligently!

You can enter to win TWELVE AJTL lapbook downloads of your choice ($13 and under)! This will give you one lapbook a month so that you can have a whole year of lapbooking! Plus, you can enter to win a family pass to your choice of Teach Them Diligently conventions in 2014!

This giveaway ends 8/24/13 at midnight EDT. One winner will be randomly chosen from all entries via PunchTab. You can enter to win via our handy PunchTab widget below. The winner will be selected and notified by 8/25/13.

{Giveaway} Critical Thinking Bundle from Home School Adventure Co.

The Home School Adventure Co. is offering a giveaway in our Back-To-Homeschool Celebration!

You can enter to win a digital bundle of critical thinking resources.

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Home School Adventure Co. has bundled an exciting and unique critical thinking collection which includes: Philippians in 28 Weeks™ — a simple and painless way to memorize an entire book of Scripture, The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions – an enchanting fable that unmasks the ugliness of pride and selfishness, and the newly released Philosophy Adventure™—Pre-Socratics – designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas. Total Value $69.85

This giveaway ends 8/24/13 at midnight EDT. One winner will be randomly chosen from all entries via PunchTab. You can enter to win via our handy PunchTab widget below. The winner will be selected and notified by 8/25/13. This is a digital online giveaway and is available to US and International Residents.

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