We purchased the Junior Astronomy Notebooking Journal to go with our Apologia Astronomy lessons this year. So glad we got this! It’s been just perfect for Skeeterbug.
Each lesson starts with colouring pages, Bible verses are at the bottom of the page. Skeeterbug colours these while we read the text.
There are pages to record and illustrate fascinating facts you’ve learned.
There are activities for each lesson.
A Bible verse for copywork, you can choose print or cursive.
In this lesson the left page (below) was blank, we chose to fill it up with various lapbook pieces. The solar eclipse piece and the rainbow piece both came with the book. They are called mini-books and are located at the back of the notebook, you tear out the page and glue the pieces into the lesson. The other pieces I got from A Journey Through Learning’s lapbook. Great lapbook, there is a lapbook element for each section in the text. We don’t use them all.
The right page below is the vocabulary page included in the notebook. Most lessons have a vocabulary page of some sort, sometimes it’s in crossword puzzle form.
There is a place to record information on the projects you did. Isn’t it nice that he learned the sun is really, really hot? Sigh. 🙂
Another page to glue lapbook pieces. The sun wheel came with the notebook, the other is from AJTL.
A page of project ideas and a booklist/DVD list to go along with that lesson.
Pictures from the first lesson we did…
Skeeterbug’s mnemonic to remember the planets. Can you read it?
Many Very Excited Monsters Jiggled Sideways Until Noodles Plopped. 🙂
The notebook also has a schedule in it for a two-day-a-week science plan. Perfect. I’ve been trying to do a little science each day and a little history each day. It’s not working out, I’m finding it hard to do this way. We will soon be taking a week off school and when we start back we’ll try alternating science and history, one day science, the next history, etc. I’ll try following the plan in the notebook. The plan takes two weeks to complete a lesson, there are fourteen lessons. We took a little longer with our current lesson on the sun, completing it in three weeks, but it was longer than many of the others.
Love these notebooks, will definitely be getting these for each subject we do. There is also a regular, non-junior version which is recommended for grade 3 or 4 (depending on your child’s ability) and up. I’ve found the amount of writing in this one perfect. Skeeterbug wants it all to be in his writing and it isn’t too much for him to be reluctant about as long as we spread it out over a few days. I have filled in some of the lapbook elements for him when we’ve had several to do.
The author of the Apologia elementary series, Jeanne Fulbright, has a yahoo group here. It’s very active. I find it very useful to “listen” in on discussions. Also, take a look at Aussie Pumpkin Patch, she has shared a glimpse of their Zoo 1 journal here.