B is for Binder-Builder

Have you ever tried lapbooking and notebooking with your upper elementary and junior high students?

Our daughter (almost 12-years-old) loves to incorporate Binder-Builders into her core studies. Binder-Builders are a unique fusion of notebooking and lapbooking. You simply use a few materials such as a 3-ring binder, cardstock, tabbed dividers, and a Binder-Builder resource, to create a portfolio-style keepsake as a record of learning.

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One of our science courses we are working through this spring/summer is Dr. Jay Wile’s new Science in the Beginning.

Science in the Beginning

About Science in the Beginning:
Science in the Beginning is the first book in a hands-on, multilevel elementary science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. Because each lesson is built around an activity or experiment, it is engaging for all K-6 students. In addition, there are three levels of review for each lesson, so the parent/teacher can choose the depth at which each student is expected to grasp the material. The course contains roughly 90 hours of instruction, 35 of which are composed of hands-on activities.

The beginning of history is given in the Bible’s creation account, and this book uses the days of creation as a way of introducing a wide range of scientific concepts including the nature of light, energy conservation, the properties of air and water, introductory botany, our solar system, basic zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology. As the students learn about these scientific concepts, they are constantly reminded of the Creator who fashioned the marvels they are studying.

Binder-Builder, Lapbook

As we work through this course, we are using the Science in the Beginning Binder-Builder from A Journey Through Learning to create a record of our learning activities.

Binder-Builder, Notebooking

Each Binder-Builder is made up of approximately 32 sheets of cardstock in each 3-ring binder. The cardstock pages provide space to place the mini-booklets for the lapbooking components for each lesson. Writing prompts are given to correspond with the text to comprise a written component. The Binder-Builder is further organized with tabbed dividers to keep notebooking pages on specific topics.

These topics for the tabbed sections include:

  • Key Person
  • Vocabulary
  • Experiments
  • Books
  • Memory Work

Key Person – This form is used to research famous scientists, inventors, and inventions.
Vocabulary Words – This form is used to log vocabulary terms from each lesson.
Experiment Sheet – This form is used to log experiments conducted in the lessons.
Memory Work – This form is used to copy the memory verse.
Book List – This form is used to log additional books read for the lessons.

The Binder-Builder helps our daughter have a method to document all of the various items she studies in the Science in the Beginning text. It is a streamlined and organized resource which results in an impressive portfolio at the culmination of the course.

Do your students enjoy the creativity of lapbooking and notebooking?

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A is for Astronomy!

Do you love to study astronomy with your children?

Astronomy Day is coming up next Saturday, May 10th!

To celebrate, we have several lapbooks on sale for Astronomy Day. From May 1-12th, you can take 30% Off select digital lapbook downloads! Simply use code STARS30 in our A Journey Through Learning Store!

Astronomy Lapbooks

Titles included in this sale:
Astronomy and Space
The Weather
Exploring Space

Astronomy, Space, Lapbooks

Space-there’s nothing like it! All kids love to study about that vast area of planets, stars and the moon! Why not do it in a fun, hands-on way!

Topics covered:

  • What makes a planet a planet?
  • What exactly is the Solar System?
  • What makes day and night?
  • Just how large is the Universe and what does it contain?
  • Do you know how many stars you can see at a time?
  • Do stars really twinkle?
  • Do stars go away during the daytime?
  • Do you know what it takes to become an astronaut?
  • What do comets have that we can see?
  • What are asteroids made of?
  • Why is the moon lopsided?
  • Who were the astronauts that went to the moon?
  • What is the telescope that circles the Earth?
  • What was that light you saw soar across the sky?
  • Are rockets more powerful than a car?
  • What are the phases of the moon?
  • Would you like to learn about each individual planet?
  • Why isn’t Pluto considered a planet anymore?

Learn the answers to these questions and lots more! This 3-folder lapbook project (76 pages) comes with a study guide so that each booklet can be done without further research. You can check out sample pages at our AJTL store! From May 1-12th, you can take 30% Off this digital download version with code STARS30 in the AJTL store!

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Explore what life is like in space.

Topics include:

  • Astronauts
  • Space Suits
  • International Space Station
  • Space Stations
  • Apollo Program
  • First Man on the Moon
  • Rockets
  • Satellites
  • Food in Space
  • and more!

Learn all about these topics through a fun hands-on lapbook project! This 2-folder lapbook project (38 pages) comes with a helpful study guide. You can check out sample pages at our AJTL store! From May 1-12th, you can take 30% Off this digital download version with code STARS30 in the AJTL store!

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Learn about the basics of weather with our mini lapbook with copywork.

Topics Include:

  • What is a Meteorologist?
  • Make a Rain Gauge
  • The Water Cycle
  • Water Cycle Activity
  • What are Clouds?
  • What are Cirrus Clouds?
  • What are Stratus Clouds?
  • What are Cumulus Clouds?
  • What are Nimbus Clouds?
  • Write a Cloud Poem
  • What are Cirrostratus Clouds?
  • What are Cirrocumulus Clouds?
  • What are Altostratus Clouds?
  • What are Stratocumulus Clouds?
  • What are Nimbostratus Clouds?
  • What are Cumulonimbus Clouds?
  • Draw the Different Clouds
  • Let’s Make the Clouds
  • Painting with Clouds
  • What are Rainbows?
  • Color the Rainbow
  • What are Tornadoes?
  • Let’s Make a Tornado
  • Tornado in a Jar
  • What are Hurricanes?
  • What is Hurricane Season?
  • Hurricane Disaster Plan
  • Let’s Make a Hurricane Disaster Box
  • Let’s Make a Pet Emergency Box
  • What is Lightning?
  • Creating Lightning
  • Make Mouth Lightning
  • What is Wind?
  • Make Wind Chimes
  • What are Tsunamis?
  • Write “tsunami” in Japanese

Learn all about these topics through a fun hands-on lapbook project! This one-folder mini lapbook project (52 pages) comes with a helpful study guide. You can check out sample pages at our AJTL store! From May 1-12th, you can take 30% Off this digital download version with code STARS30 in the AJTL store!

Visit us on Pinterest as we share resources, activities, and ideas for studying astronomy!



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R is for Russia

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Are you enjoying the Winter Olympics?

We are enjoying watching some of our favorite competitions while working on a hands-on lapbook project! You can read about our mini-unit study in our O is for Olympics post.

Our daughter is using The Winter Olympics 2014 Lapbook with Study Guide to learn about the history of the Olympics, history and geography of Russia, and track the winners of the sporting events. This lapbook is a 3 folder project and includes 58 pages.

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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!

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Our daughter is 11 years old and working at the middle school level. She enjoys the creativity of lapbooking and notebooking as she studies thematic topics such as the Winter Olympics. Lapbooks are tactile projects which are suitable to all ages.

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Here are a few learning links, activities, and crafts that we are working on this week with our lapbook. (We are using these links in our home, but please preview them to make sure no unsuitable ads are present.)

Science and Engineering of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Science of the Winter Olympic Games

Sochi 2014: An Olympic Preview

Sochi 2014: The Opening Ceremony

What You Don’t Know About Sochi

Sochi Map

Fact Monster: Russia

Time for Kids: Russia

12 New Winter Olympic Sport Events

We are working on a few crafts that we have pinned on our Winter Olympics 2014 Pinterest board.

A Journey Through Learning has a February Special and you can get The Winter Olympics 2014 Lapbook and Study Guide (digital download) for only $1.00! The Exploring Russia Lapbook and Study Guide is only $4.50 (digital download).

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How are you celebrating the Winter Olympics?

Are you working on any special activities?

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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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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?

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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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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!

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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!

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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?

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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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