Elemental Science Lapbooking Through Animals {A Review}

Introduction to Lapbooking through Animals

Today I am excited to share with you a wonderful new homeschool science curriculum from Elemental Science: Lapbooking through Animals. Science has become a favorite subject within our homeschool. We tend to do a lot of science beginning at the preschool level, and are always looking for something fresh and new that will captivate our three eager learners. Lapbooking through Animals met our criteria for an informative, fun, and engaging science curriculum suitable for learners of varying ages.

My curriculum review is based upon the experience of our 5-year-old son who is currently finishing up Kindergarten. Although our 5-year-old is the primary child doing the lapbook, our other two children (3-year-old preschooler and 11-year-old 6th grader) join along with him nearly every time we begin to do this science curriculum and enjoy every minute of it! At the end of the review you will have a chance to win your own copy of this phenomenal curriculum!

What We Enjoy Most About Lapbooking through Animals

          • The content is very thorough yet not overwhelming for our son. This lapbook surveys 44 different animals over an 18-week period, using a combination of readings, coloring, creating mini-books, comprehension activities, You Tube videos, and hands on projects. The time frame the publisher gives to study the animals was very well thought out and gives the learner enough time to process the information and delve further if they desire. Also, the multi-sensory approach is a great fit for our 5-year-old son.

 

          • Our son loves the fact that he is able to do so many “hands on” projects. Although our son is excited to learn so many new things about different animals, his favorite part is completing different projects to go along with what he is learning. He is a very hands on {kinesthetic} learner so naturally he leans towards this type of application. However, because the readings are divided up according to age (K-2nd and 3rd-5th) I think this achieves a perfect balance of reading and projects for his age and learning style, which isn’t always easy to find.

 

          • The flexibility to add or take away content depending on your needs. This works perfectly for our relaxed eclectic approach to homeschooling. For instance, some days we will read a lot more than the assigned readings and other dayss we might watch some videos on You Tube that correspond with the animal we are studying while scaling back on the readings. There is total freedom in what information you will explore but no shortage of recommended resources for a superb and well rounded education of the material being studied. Again, this goes hand in hand with our relaxed approach to homeschooling and it proves to be delightful to our son to have the freedom to explore according to his particular interest in the animal we’re learning.

 

          • This lapbook has prompted my son to study animals in a very in depth way. I honestly would not have known how much my son loves animals if we had not agreed to do this lapbook. As a homeschooling mother we know that anything our children study that prompts further study is a fabulous thing! In addition, this lapbook is very informative and has taught me many things I did not know. This is one of my favorite things about homeschooling our children – learning along side them.

 

          • I also really appreciate the fact that the only supplies you’ll to complete the lapbook portion are: 2 file folders or 4 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock, colored pencils or crayons, markers, glue stick, scissors, and stapler. For the readings we used our library card to get the main two texts and also used lots of books we already own in conjunction with the internet. These are items that we always have on hand making it a very stress-free curriculum off the get go.

 

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lapbooking through animals

 

Our Favorite Project So Far

              • There are so many wonderful projects to choose from throughout the lessons, but when asked, my son undoubtedly said, “Making my clothespin giraffe!”
              • This project was loved by all three of our children and was completed while making the animal mini-book #2.

 

We Are Looking Forward To

          • Studying invertebrates and making a habitat for all of the beautiful German snails in our back yard!
          • And of course moving on to another Elemental Science Lapbook!

 

I Would Recommend This Curriculum For

              • A full on {18 week} science course for your children in K-5th.
              • Families with multiple age learners as it allows an opportunity to study the same subject at different levels.
              • Any homeschool family with children interested in animals.

 

Purchase This Curriculum

 

Win A Copy Of This Curriculum

            • Enter below using Rafflecopter.
            • Must be a US resident and at least 18 years of age to enter.
            • Winner will be chosen on June 3, 2012.
            • Winner must respond within 48 hours of being contacted or else a runner up will be chosen.

Tomorrow, stop by Christine’s blog at Fruit in Season to read about her experience with Lapbooking through Habitats. She’ll be having a giveaway as well.

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Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of the curriculum for review and compensated for my time to review this product, write an honest review, and host a giveaway. All opinions stated in the review are my own.

Comments

  1. Jenessa says

    This looks like a great one. Mine is still hot on astronomy, but I think it would work well to incorporate this into this year or work on it this summer. I was looking at the note booking pages and the note booking fairy links in your sidebar two days ago, do you have a review on those note booking pages as well?

  2. says

    I like the fact that the content covers a wide age range – this is so helpful when trying to cover material with multiple kids. Thanks for sharing. Happy to find the blog.

    • Carlie says

      Amy, after you leave the comment, go back to the “Rafflecopter” and click on the button that says, “+5 Do It” and since you left a comment, click on the green “enter” button and you have just entered :) You can also follow Elemental Science via twitter and visit their website for more entry options :)

  3. kelly says

    Just found your site and this looks like a great tool for our journey in homeschooling. weve just started this year.

  4. yvonne says

    this looks so great! i am starting ati soon and we need some lapbook ideas. so thanks!

  5. Tiffany says

    This looks super cute! We’re using their Exploring Science and are having lots of fun!!

  6. Amy G. says

    What a wonderful addition to a kindergarten curriculum! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  7. Amy says

    Helpful review! I will definitely have to check into that lapbook kit for the next time we get around to animals. Fun!

  8. Alvie says

    Awesome review! So awesome…. that I want one! Love the pics too! Great job!!!!

  9. says

    this looks like so much fun! N is 5 and A is 3 and I think they would love this. Thanks for the review and a chance to win.

  10. says

    What a great review! I will have to see if this curricula offers other science subjects as well…human body would be nice too.

  11. Danielle Hull says

    You have THE cutest kids! This looks like a great lapbook; I’m sure my kids would love it! Thanks!

  12. Kerry Zawadzki says

    Thx for reviewing this. Can’t wait to start Elemental’s program w/ my 2 ds this fall.

  13. Blessed Boo says

    Thanks for sharing, I think my two will love this as a summer intro for science. This will be our first year homeschooling so I want to start with some fun curriculum and projects this summer. Hopefully I’ll win the raffle and it will be even sweeter. Thanks again for the great review and pictures!

  14. Melissa says

    Thanks for the thorough review! I’m trying to find ways to engage my younger ones while challenging the older ones. This looks like fun! :)

  15. says

    I would love to do this study with my boys!! My oldest would really learn a lot, but there are so many activities the 2 year old can join in on. I love those things!

  16. Caterina Mangano says

    This looks great! This would be wonderful to win.
    Thanks for the chance,
    Caterina

  17. Sarah Herrera says

    This seems like a great science curriculum for us. I’m always searching for curriculum that I can use for both my kinder and 5th grader together. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  18. says

    This looks great!

    I’m loving the pics that you took of your kiddos enjoying the lapbook….so precious!

  19. says

    This lapbook looks great! I have two kids of different ages and I think they would both love working through this!

  20. Sarah K says

    My daughter loves animals. This would be a great start for us to try lapbooking

  21. Amanda D says

    I’m excited to learn about new K curriculum that is inclusive for younger siblings! Thanks!!

  22. says

    I really want to do lapbooking with my girls and this looks like one they would just LOVE!
    Thanks so much!
    Glad I found your blog too! =) Always looking for more homeschooling blogs!

  23. Rosanna Nguyen says

    I am not sure if the grade level is super strict, as I have learned this year that I cannot place actual grade levels for my kids. As in some subjects they are either a grade behind their actual grade or a grade ahead. However they both LOVE animals and I just know they would both love this.

  24. Angela Pope says

    Hey Carlie, this looks great. I’M struggling with what to do for science for Gabi next year (1st) that’s not too expensive. She loves lapbooking and it will be easy to incorporate it wothout too much work on my part.
    Love your reviews.

  25. Brooke says

    This looks great! We’ll be starting out first year homeschooling this fall with my 6 year old son. He loves science, so we’ll be encouraging it as much as possible. :)

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