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This past spring I taught a science class for a homeschool group’s co-op. It ended up being P’s primary science for those weeks. After all, if I’m going to spend hours pulling things together I want it to benefit me as well.
Using the Physical Science project pack from In the Hands of a Child, I came up with a game plan that included not only the lapbook but some hands on experiments pulled from several resources I had on hand.
Something that I love about many of the HOAC project packs is that availability of answer keys with a suggested schedule for completion. The physical science unit has a suggested day schedule. With seven classes for that spring session, I did have a little tweaking to make it all fit. But, making that change was easy as I grouped similar topics together.
Also, I should share that during our 45 minute session we did not spend much time on the actual mini-books for the lapbook. Instead, I had the ones associated with our topics to send home with the kids to complete. I opted to color code the printouts by topic, which provided a quick way for both the students and myself to know to which group each foldable belonged. For some sessions, we did spend a few minutes on specific mini-books that might have been confusing.
I’ll share the specifics of what we did in subsequent posts. The final lapbook P put together was shown in my review post on Pear Educational Products for lapbooking or notebooking.