Archives for October 2007

In the Works ~ Volcano Lapbook

We finally began our volcano unit today and my son was beyond thrilled, as you can see from his face in these photos! The first things we did was make a mini model volcano which was a part of a unit I purchased from here, but the direct link is no longer available.We also began our first read-aloud chapter book!

Fruit of the Spirit ~ Lapbook

We completed our Fruit of the Spirit lapbook today! It was a really fun unit, P and I both enjoyed it! We got everything from Danielle’s Place for this lapbook, just altered a few things to make them unique for our lapbook.

The Front…
We cut up his smelly painting (done with Kool-Aid mixed in with tempera paint) for the cover
Here he is painting it today!The Inside…
Left & Right: Bible Verse Cards for each fruit
Middle, Top Left: our songbook, we learned a new song for each fruit and made them into a songbook
Middle, Bottom Left: Self-Control pouch, with candy wrappers to remind us to have self control!
Middle, Top Right: Pineapple Patience, a game we got from the unit
Middle, Bottom Left: a fruits Memory game we played almost every day.**edited to add, I moved things around and added this mini-book that I found after we were all done!

Fall Time ~ Lapbook

It’s finished! We were finally able to do our leaf rubbings for the cover today, it has been raining here for days and the leaves were too wet! God brought us some sun and dry leaves today! P really had fun with this one, more than I thought he would. He seems to enjoy learning about seasonal things right now.

The Cover…The Inside…
Top Left: My Leaf Color Book (to practice writing/spelling color words)
Middle Left: Leaf Counting (basic addition and counting)
Bottom Left: Fall Spelling
Middle Top: Autumn Maze (he LOVES mazes)
Middle Bottom: Fall Is mini book
Top Left: Leaf Matching Cards {link no longer available, it was from Hands of a Child}
Left Middle: Autumn Crossword
Bottom Middle: Left/Right (I cut up a worksheet to make a mini book)The Back…
Scarecrow stationary from this book.
He dictated a story about a scarecrow to me. He enjoyed this since I usually have him write the stories. He tells very creative stories and I like to give him this opportunity to keep his creativity going!

In the Works ~ Volcano Lapbook

We are starting P’s volcano lapbook next week, he is THRILLED, I am OK with it. This is entirely his idea…he’s been asking to learn about volcanoes for months now! Here are the resources I have printed out for his lapbook…
Volcano Poetry Form
Volcano Fact Cards
Volcano Shape Book
Label the Volcano (Enchanted Learning)
Stages of a Volcano (Hands of a Child Sample)
Color By Number
and I broke down and purchased this, from A to Z Teacher Stuff. I really needed it and am glad I bought it. My son is really into this whole volcano thing and I am really trying to be! I need to learn and almost everything I found was not for his age (5 1/2). This download has many activities that are appropriate for him and it is also teaching me what I need to know to teach him! Photos will be posted as we begin!!!

Inspired Ideas ~ Morning Message/To-Do List

First, a thank you to the following sites for giving me the beginnings of this idea:
Little Blots Blog, which led me to…
Mrs. Nelson’s Class, which led me to…
K Crew’s Buzz Book, which altogether turned into this…

I have been narrowing down my ideas for a daily morning routine with P and over the past year we have tried many different things. Up until today our “thing” was to use a big dry erase board in our schoolroom to write our daily to-do list on and also a little personal note. Nothing too fancy and I knew I wanted to do more. The sites above got my wheels spinning and I think I like my new idea and P seemed to really like it today. Here’s what we’re doing…

I am creating a 3 ring notebook for him to keep these in. In this notebook I will store these:
This is the front, I made it in Microsoft Publisher. I plan to write P a Morning Message on this each day and we will use it to work on various skills. My main goal is to try to use as many of his word wall words as possible to give him extra practice.

Here he is working on the Morning Message, today I had him fill in the missing letters, and circle his weekly sight words. I plan to do different things each day.
And, here is the back…his daily to-do-list with check off boxes. He gets to decide how to mark the boxes each day (stickers, checks, smiley’s, etc.) Today he chose to mark with crosses.

Thanks to those of you who inspired my idea!