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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Homeschool In the Woods: A Review and A Great Giveaway!

Be sure to read to the end for your chance at a great giveaway!

My kiddos absolutely love, love, love doing lapbooks. They're such a cool way to share what they are learning and David, in particular, loves to revisit them to "review." The only trouble is, 8-year-old David really and truly dislikes the predesigned kind. You know what I'm talking about, the kind where someone else has done all the work of designing templates and clip-art. You just print it out on cardstock or paper, color, fill-in, cut out, and put it together. Nearly every lapbook he has enjoyed putting together has been planned and designed from beginning to end by him and dear old Mom. All the others (so far, anyway) have bored him. They're either too plain or require too much writing or something.

Enter Homeschool in the Woods! Amy Pak has designed a truly wonderful Activity Pak on the New Testament which includes the templates you need to make a high quality lapbook, an Armor of God poster, and a New Testament Times scroll (scroll pages could also be used to make notebook pages). And it's in pdf form (either as a download or on cd), so you can print it out and do it as many times as you want!

The detail of the artwork is amazing. Be sure to click on the pics for closeups. My kiddos were begging to color more instead of complaining about being bored with coloring cartoony pictures. They had a real sense of creating something of beauty, and took care to fill in the details with their colored pencils. For each activity, I read to them about the topic and then we would discuss it, while they colored away.

We were on an abbreviated schedule with this due to review deadlines and a baby coming any day, but when the kiddos are a bit older, I plan to get this project out again and combine it with a complete study on the New Testament. We didn't do the scroll this time (a little too much writing at this age), but I know it'll be a fun project when they are older.

The scriptures quoted in Amy Pak's New Testament Activity Pak come from the NKJV. There really isn't any Biblical commentary included (though there are some summaries given in a couple of places), and this isn't really a study per se, just activities, so you can supply whatever is appropriate for your denomination. The activities are designed for grades 3 and up, though a younger child could do them with plenty of adult help (5-year-old Mary loved doing her share). Some of the cutting is quite detailed, so even a 3rd grader may want some help in the cutting department. And some of the scripture readings will be way above a young child's head...another reason to revisit the project again as your children mature.

You can purchase the New Testament Activity Pak directly from Homeschool in the Woods for $18.95 (download) or $19.95 (cd). Other products include: the Old Testament Activity Pak, Time Travelers History Studies, and Timeline Figures...I just might have to add some these to my collection!

Ok, here's the part you've been waiting for!

Amy has very generously agreed to let me giveaway a free copy to one of my readers! Here's what you need to do for your chance at winning a free pdf download of the New Testament Activity Pak:
  • Visit Amy's website, then leave a comment here on this post telling me which of her products most interest you.
  • To get an additional entry, blog about this giveaway on your own blog, then leave me another comment here linking to your post.
  • Please be sure that you leave a way of contacting you in your comment.
I'll draw a winner at random April 3, 2009 (that's the baby's due date:-).

For more reviews of this product, be sure to visit the link below:

44 comments:

  1. It would be hard to choose a favorite, but the Time Travelers series looks great.

    Sara
    readandlearn@qualityusbornebooks.com

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  2. I've always been interested in her Time Travelers materials that she offers, but we haven't bought any of them yet. Thank you for letting us know about your wonderful giveaway!

    Julieanne

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  3. Time TRAV for me! Love the work your children have done! ;-))

    SisterTipster <3

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  4. I love her Time Travelers series! They look so cool. I haven't bought any of them yet but hope to soon. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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  5. I really love the New Testament and the Old Testament lapbooks. I missed on this opportunity with the TOS Crew. We owed the History through the ages CD and we love it!

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  6. Thank you for the great opportunity for a chance to win the New Testament lapbook giveaway. We have the Old Testament one. It is incredible. It is beautifully put together.
    Thanks and God bless!
    Jean

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  7. New Testament - I've been wanting to try one of her Biblical ones.

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  8. I think my favorite is the New Testament Set! I wanted this so bad! Maybe now we will win! Thanks for the chance!

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  9. I posted about your giveaway on my blog too! http://angies2angels.blogspot.com/2009/03/giveaway-at-homeschooling-hearts-and.html

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  10. I really like her Time Line figures. Of course the Old Testament lapbook has been a favorite too!

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  11. I have bought her Time Travellers Explorer unit awhile back and we absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I plan on continuing with that series and go through US history with my kids! Next one we do in the fall will be Colonial Life and we all can't wait to start it!

    Tia

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  12. The time travelers looks really awesome! As well as both of the new & old testaments.

    Karilyn
    gkputt@srt.com

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  13. Time Travelers are my favorite so far, but the New Testament activity pack looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    Sherry

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  14. We really LOVE these activity paks!!! I'm wanting the New Testament pak really bad after completing the Old Testament one!!
    These are beautiful keepsakes for the kids to treasure always!
    Chris G
    ksudoc93@aol.com

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  15. Here's my link to my blog about the Old Testament activity pak:

    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Armyof5/669161/

    We loved this!
    Chris G

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  16. I posted your giveaway on my blog...


    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/canadianladybug/669225/

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  17. The New Testament Set looks great. I am very interested in the Time Travelers series, too, especially the Colonial Life one--the projects look amazing!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy
    catholicrose@aol.com

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  18. I like the New Testament as that would be great to do as part of our Bible Study next year.

    Charyti
    ecjackson622@yahoo.com

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  19. I am interested in the Revolutionary War and Civil War studies. I have always been a huge history buff, and our 13 yo daughter is as well.
    Tiffany
    garythalmann@comcast.net

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  20. I think my favorite is the Colonial Life Kit.(In Time Travelers History Based Activity Studies) Though I would love one of each. :-)

    Thank you.!
    Becky
    boerner @ fuse.net

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  21. HISTORY Through the Ages Historical Timeline Figures looks wonderful to me.

    Christy
    glutenfreebaby@gmail.com

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  22. WOW! I would love to be able to get all of her products but unfortunately not at this time but defiantly soon. Especially the hands on packs. WOW they would defiantly help with school work with my sixth grader. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Monica, Tx
    txbbwlewis@yahoo.com

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  23. I really love all of her activity paks and the Time Travelers series, especially "The Civil War" would be my favorite. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!!!!
    Pauline

    pbrewer37@yahoo.com

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  24. Amy Pak is SO talented! The New Testament material is what I'm interested in now. Thanks for letting us know about the chance to win it!

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  25. We have the Old Testament Pak and it's incredibly. We really, really want the Time Travelers series, And now it looks like the New Testament Pak will be a "must-have!"

    Anna
    raggedy.anna@yahoo.com

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  26. Yep, it's the Time Travelers series for me too. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to try one of her products. Maybe it's the push I need to finally spend the money for another of her products. THANKS Again!

    Audrey
    bookschangelives@myubah.com

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  27. By default, since it's the only one we've done so far, the Old Testament would be my favorite. We did it last year. I just pulled it out the other day and I'm still impressed with how beautiful it is! We'd love to do the New Testament one!

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  28. I really liked the "Colonial Life" in the Time Travelers series. Our daughter isn't old enough to do these yet, but this is on my list for future resources!

    Amy
    chrisamy04@embarqmail.com

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  29. I am very impressed by what I see in the New World Explorers Lapbook of the Time Travelers Series. It looks like a perfect fit for next year!! Thanks not only for the opportunity to win something, but for introducing me to something exciting for our next study!!
    Tracy Harbaugh
    harbaugh4@att.net

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  30. laramuse@stjoelive.com

    I have wanted to do the Artists unit with my oldest for quite some time but would be thrilled to win the NT package.

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  31. I love the artwork on Amy's products. I have the complete series of timeline figures and love them. I would love to purchase the Old and New Testament products in the near future. My email is debbiewall@albertacom.com. Thanks.

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  32. All of Amy's products look amazing! I am saving so that I can purchase both the Old and New Testament packs and all the Timeline Figures. Sure wish I'd had these when my oldest (graduated!) was younger.

    Jamie
    hsinthecountry@yahoo.com

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  33. We recently did the New World Explorers Time Traveler and loved it. How can you choose a favorite of Amy's stuff. I think she has the best that there is when it comes to lapbooks!!

    Rhonda
    prayingmother@me.com

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  34. I blogged it. http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Preparation/672065/

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  35. Have used the Historical figures for time lines this year. These Have been a great asset for our notebooking. Keeps mom on track too!

    Kelly

    kbraggland@yahoo.com

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  36. I think the Old Testament pak would be great since that's what we're studying right now!

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  38. I just blogged about this giveaway!

    http://tapthesmile.blogspot.com/2009/03/homeschool-giveaway.html

    mountainbluesky@hotmail.com

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  39. I would like the New Testament lapbook materials. Thank you for the offer.
    Francesca
    fspillman94@yahoo.com

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  40. The Timeline CD set keeps calling my name, just need to find the money for it . . . but I think it's a great resource we'd used in many ways over the years!

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  41. Ooh! I learned of your site at another blog and I'd say . . . I like all of them but the New Testament one is the one I'd love to use with my children.

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  42. I love Amy's products! I'm so excited about the new Civil War Time Traveler that I can hardly wait to do it with my son, I just don't know when that would be! I always recommend her products to everyone:-) LOVE the timeline figures too!

    Susan

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