Category Archives: Lapbooks

Princess Unit

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If it involves princesses, lady P will do the work! I found an excellent printable pack about princesses from 1plus1plus1equals1. I printed most of the pack and we are slowly making our way through it. Today we did ‘princess graphing’. Lady P and I took turns rolling the paper die, then we coloured in a block on the graph. We played until one picture got to 10 on the graph. I showed her how to go up each bar, then across to the number to see how many each picture received. This came quite naturally to her. After, she wrote the numbers underneath the picture. She doesn’t like doing this because she isn’t confident at writing her numbers. But I used the number poem pages from communication4all and she really likes the poems. She always requests them when we do our numbers.

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After we did this sheet, she just wanted to play so we read The Frog Princess from an anthology of princess stories we got from the library and acted it out with her stuffed animals.

Then S began to cry upstairs (she was supposed to be napping) so we played catch the bear in the front room! (I don’t recommend this!). Lady P didn’t want to do much ‘work’ today so we basically just played. I usually let her lead right now as I want learning to be fun and on her terms.

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Before Five In A Row (BFIAR)

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Hello all!  I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about homeschooling over the last year and I’m finding that many I read (usually by American homeschooling mamas) use the literacy programme called Five In A Row.  The premise is that you read the same story (usually classic children’s stories) five days in a row, followed by different activities that cover literacy, maths, science etc. Now to buy the book from the website is EXTREMELY pricey (if you live in the U.K.) so I went on Amazon and bought Before Five In A Row  second-hand for a quarter of the price.  I bought many of the listed books from Amazon for 1p and there are tonnes of blogs who allow you to download free lapbook templates for each of the books.

BFIAR is designed for preschool children (approx age 2-4) and I’m using many of the activities with my 3 year old.  You just have to simplify some of the activities.  I will probably do this again next year when she can do all of the activities.

The first book we are studying is Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom.  It is a very cute book that has a lovely rhyme.  Lady P really enjoys the book.  To start with, I downloaded a Jesse Bear lapbook from Homeschool Share as well as letter of the week pdf to add to the lapbook from Homeschool Share as well.  Awesome resources, by the way, especially for toddlers!  Lady P loved the activities but didn’t want to glue down the items because she wanted to do it again!

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Children’s books are plentiful in bookstores across the nation but which ones do we choose? Usually I pick up a lot of books from second-hand shops or from the local library but this summer, when I went to Canada on holiday, I picked up Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Classic Board Books) written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. This book is amazing and really teaches children their alphabet in a playful way through rhyme and bright pictures. Lady P loves this book and can recite most of the story!

The story is about all the letters of the alphabet who want to race to the top of a coconut tree but ‘Chicka chicka boom boom, will there be enough room?’

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There are several websites that produce activities based on this story. For instance, Making Learning Fun has several activities that are great to use. Lapbooks by Carisa also do lapbooks for this story that you can download for free. I also like to show my girls the discovery video from SchoolTube which retells the story with a catchy tune (but be warned, you WILL hum it constantly!)

Baby S can’t keep still to actually listen to the story but she loves looking at the pictures on her own and likes the video!

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Overall, I think Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is great for teaching the alphabet and getting children interested in reading. Older children will LOVE reading it to younger siblings! A must have for any homeschooling family or anyone who loves reading with their child! Enjoy!

Titanic

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Sorry I’ve been away for a while! I’ve just gone back to work after maternity leave and I have felt exhausted after work, children etc. I’ve only felt like vegetating after the girls go to sleep!

Anyway, in my year 8 history class, I have been working on the Titanic topic with a student I work one-to-one with. He has a few learning difficulties (severe dyslexia and dyspraxia) and I felt lap booking would work really well!

We learned about the Titanic through lots of discussion together. He did his own research at home and we created mini books on different topics (the band, first class vs third class, why the body count and passenger list was not accurate, statistics etc). Then we created a model of the Titanic using paper mâché. Here is a step by step photo log of what we did!

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