Thursday, September 25, 2008

Weekly Update part 2

My younger daughter did a lapbook on Samantha. The first picture includes: what I learned, books in this series, conflict and prized possessions. The second picture includes: favorite pastime, fashion, plot and favorite items. The third picture includes: compare/contrast 1904/2008, best friend, other characters and who is Samantha. The last picture includes: hobbies, pets, where does she live, the booklet from the paper dolls and several living in 1904 books.

She also worked on subtraction in Ealrybird 2b and read lessons 9 through 12 in the Rod and Staff reader 1 and worked on pages in the reading workbook.

Preschool was mostly nap time this week as my preschooler was very sleepy. But otherwise it was a good week and we have lapbooks on pirates, butterflies and cooking coming up next.

Last Week of September Weekly Report

My oldest daughter did a lapbook on Kit using the templates at homeschoolshare. The first picture includes: in Kit's day, conflict, what I learned and the informational paragraphs from the Kit paper dolls.
The second picture includes: prized possessions, other characters and hobo signs and symbols.
The third picture includes: favorite pastime, who is Kit, best friend and where in the USA?
The last picture includes: books in series, Grace, changes, the booklet that you can make that goes with the paper dolls, book report, fashion of the times and favorite things.
This was a lot of fun to do while finishing up reading the books about Kit. My daughter learned a lot about what it was like during the Great Depression and what families had to do to get by. She also learned about hobos, homelessness and hard work.
She also composed a letter to a friend, worked in the book Math in My World and did Mad Libs.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Things I Do To Make Lapbooking Less Troublesome

Some people have a hard time with lapbooks because there is all that printing, cutting, pasting, writing, etc. I hear a lot about how "lapbooks are too much work." Well, there are a few things that I do to make it less trouble and a whole lot of fun for us.

1. Give the child a list of topics to pick from that they might be interested in. In other words, do a lapbook on something that your child(ren) are interested in learning about.

2. Plan ahead. Once you have the topic, plan to take a couple of weeks to complete it doing between one and three mini-books a day depending upon how large they are. This way you will not get burned out on putting together all those little books.

3. Print out everything ahead of time. Then if you do not have the resources you need for one mini-book on hand that day you can switch it with something that you can fill out. I print out the lapbook pieces every two week and put them in a large envelope.

4. Get a scrapbook paper cutter and cut up the day's books before the school day starts. That way you can just pull them out, fill out the information and put them together without a lot of fuss.

5. Use your large envelope to store the mini-books until it is time to put the entire lapbook together. I let my children decide where to put all the little books in the folder so that each one even if it is on the same topic is unique to the child.

Hope these ideas help to make lapbooks more fun for you!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Weekly Update for 9-19-08

Another good week.


Caps for Sale lapbook which included information on the letters m and c, a mixed-up book of hats and a piggy bank. We also acted out the story using our collection of hats.

First Grade:

Math--Earlybird subtraction
Phonics--Rod and Staff Reader 1
Project--A lapbook about American Girl Samantha and the time in which she lived.

Third Grade:

Math--Math in My World multiplication
Language Arts--Composition on Webkinz
Project--A lapbook about American Girl Kit and the time in which she lived.

Friday Club:

Made stamps with string and cardboard
Played Chinese Jump rope
Learned to eat noodles with chopsticks

We also had Webkinz club at our local library this week. There were projects, games and activities. My oldest also won the pet of the month--the Bullfrog.

It was a good week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Homeschool Share Adds Forums!

For all you lapbookers out there, I just wanted to tell you that Homeschool Share has added forums so that users of their unit studies and lapbooks can exchange ideas and get help.

Here is a link to the forums:

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Weekly Update--Meeting the Child's Needs

Last spring I put in hours of work to create a language arts program for my daughter that used grammar picture books, charts and incorporated the progymnasmata. I also spent hours typing up worksheets and charts for the WISE Guide spelling list. Two months in, it is not working.

My oldest daughter does not learn best with worksheets. She finds them tedious, boring and a chore. When I try to have her do worksheets I find that schooling gets very difficult. Remind me of that the next time I decide to use worksheets with her. Now my youngest daughter learns very well with worksheets and I will be able to use this Visually Language Arts with her.

So I have made changes, yet again to meet the needs of my child.

Third Grade:

Focus jingling--this week she made lists about Webkinz. Next week we will turn those lists into sentences and paragraphs. This subject will include spelling and grammar skills combined with composition.

History--in Story of the World 2 we read about the lost colony of Roanoke, VA.

Math--Math in My World review test lead us into working more on basic multiplication skills but from another point of view than that which is taught in Singapore. This is a nice balance for us.

Project--She finished up the lapbook on tigers.

First Grade:

Phonics--the phonograms th and ow were introduced. She did copywork from nursery rhymes and worksheets from various free phonics sites.

Math--measurement in Earlybird.

Project--She finished up the lapbook on The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar Island.

Preschool (day care):

Math--Things that math or things that don't belong worksheets.

Phonics--The Letter Factory DVD

The Yellow Ball lapbook which included mini-books on yellow, the sound of y, position words, etc.

Friday Club:

Every Friday we get together with friends and do some fun activities. We kicked off a three week unit on China this week. The children learned what the animal of the year was for the year they were born, did origami and sang songs. It was a lot of fun.

It was a good week for the children, we had American Girl Club at the Library and they learned all about Josephina and the time that she lived in.

Hope you had a good week as well.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Labor Day Week

It was a short but hard week.

Pre-K: I have a new little boy and we did the lapbook for the Before Five in a Row book: The Blue Boat. It was a nice little lapbooks to start with.

First Grade:

Math--Singapore Earlybird 2a measurement activities
Phonics--the sounds of sh and ee with nursery rhymes for copywork
Special project--The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar Island

Third Grade:

Math--Chapter tests in the public school math books to see if there are any gaps before moving on to 3b of Singapore Math.

Spelling--Spelling Power diagnostic tests


Special project--a lapbook on Tigers.

We are looking forward to the weekend.


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