Saturday, March 14, 2009

Review: Home School In The Woods--New Testament Activity Pak

We recently received the New Testament Lapbook Activity Pak, courtesy of Home School in the Woods.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term, allow me to explain lapbooks in brief. A lapbook is a creative tool that's comprised of several mini-books on a given topic. Once those mini-books are completed, they're then glued to the larger "lapbook", which is usually a file folder (see pic below). 

This creative tool is especially good for hands-on learners, or those who desire a break from traditional textbooks. Learning takes place on a deeper level, as children tend to absorb more by "doing", than by simply "reading and filling in the blanks".

While I've been curious about lapbooks for some time, I've never gone beyond the curiosity stage. I was certain my children would enjoy making them, but for some reason I just never got around to actually putting one together.

Of course, that all changed once we received this fantastic digital package as part of the TOS Crew!

The New Testament Activity-Pak is bursting with 15 fun project ideas that promote research skills, Biblical knowledge, creative writing, and more. Topics for this lapbook include:
  • Lineage from David to Jesus
  • Birth of Jesus
  • Miracles of Jesus
  • The Beatitudes
  • Fruit of the Spirit
  • The Parables of Jesus
  • The Last Supper
  • The Crucifixion
  • The Resurrection
  • The Ascension
  • Pentecost
  • Prophecies Fulfilled
  • The Twelve Disciples
  • Paul's Missionary Journeys
  • Postcards from Paul
Bonus features include "The New Testament Times" newspaper (where your child gets to play "reporter" and cover all the action surrounding Jesus and his miracles!), and a creative "Armor of God Poster" to put together.

This downloadable package contains everything you need--less paper, colored pencils, pens, scissors and glue--to create a fabulous, educational masterpiece that will be treasured for years to come.

Home School in the Woods' mission is to help "...children develop a love of learning that will not end when they are finished with "school." We at Home School in the Woods have a passion for supporting the education of our children, specifically in understanding God's providence through history."

Founder, Amy Pak, has done an incredible job of helping fellow homeschoolers gain an understanding of historical events. Fueled by her own previous struggles, the "historically-challenged" are instantly put at ease through the use of her materials.

Home School in the Woods offers other great Activity-Paks including "The Old Testament" and "Artists". You can purchase the digital version for only $18.95 each, or on CD for $19.95 each. Be sure to check out their other great products including their "Time Line Figures" and "Time Travelers History Studies".

Based on the Activity-Pak's quality, step-by-step directions, and extensive ideas, I feel that it is a MUST for homeschoolers. In addition, I believe church classrooms would make excellent use of this product as well.

My children really enjoyed using The New Testament Activity-Pak. Even though they've learned about these topics before, I was pleased to see their knowledge and understanding increase dramatically with the use of this product.

I am thoroughly impressed by Home School in the Woods, and happily award the New Testament Activity-Pak two HUGE thumbs up! :o)

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