We love the hands-on approach to learning about history and have used (and loved) many products from Home School in the Woods in the past. For this review, we were given one of the Activity-Paks, The New Testament Activity-Pak. Other Activity-Paks include The Old Testament, Composers and Artists.
This New Testament Activity-Pak is a great way for your children to learn about the New Testament. Included in this pack is fifteen events, each with their own activity for your children to create. While completing this lap book, your children will be introduced to the life of Jesus from birth to ascension, the miracles Jesus performed, Old Testament prophesies that were fulfilled, the disciples and the beginning of the early church as well as many other things.
With this activity pack, you will receive two additional projects: a ten page newspaper scroll and an Amor of God poster. The New Testament News (the newspaper scroll) contains articles, advertisements, lots of opportunities for your children to further their study with more researching and creative writing. The Amor of God poster is a great way to encourage children to put on the amor of God before they start everyday.
How did we go?
This New Testament Activity-Pak is aimed for children in grades 3 through 8, which covers both of our boys. The boys worked on the activity-pak together, taking turns at completing the activities. You should be able to complete this lap book within a month, but as the boys were working together, they did complete it in a couple of weeks. There are no formal instructions or directions on how to complete this activity-pak, which is why I love Homeschool in the Woods products. You can complete the projects at your own pace, with the materials you have around your home. They can perfectly fit into any homeschool schedule.
The boys completed the lapbook first, going through the activities as listed from one to fifteen. They looked up the Bible verses that corresponded with each activity before they started. Then they completed the activity, added a bit of colour and then glued it into the lapbook. I printed all the activities out on white paper as that is all I have at the moment, but you can print on different colours if you wish.
After completing the lapbook, they moved onto the Armor of God project. With this project, you can print out a picture of your own face and glue it on, or draw your own. The boys drew their own before reading the Scripture passage and then placing the armor in the correct place on the man.
Lastly, they created The New Testament News. We found some old paper towel rolls and they used them to roll up their scroll. They taped all the pages together as suggested before completing the writing activities. This made it hard to write on, so I suggest writing the News first, before reading your scroll.
There are step-by-step visual instructions on how to put the lapbook together but there are no formal instructions or help at all. We have completed many lapbooks in the past, so this didn’t really bother us that much, though families new to lapbooks may benefit from some extra support.
Overall, we have really enjoyed another project from Home School in the Woods. The News was the only time that the boys really were able to write and get creative. Our boys are not really into writing, so they liked this, but it may put some older children off.
Home School in the Woods are now offering A-La-Carte projects! This is a great way to select a few projects or individual items that are normally found in packages. Currently, they are giving away a free Erie Canal project. Just use the code alacarte at the checkout.
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